Swim Ulster adhere to the Swim Ireland antidoping policy. Swim Ireland's policy is that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member has a duty to ensure that the sport is free of doping.
Membership of Swim Ireland means that all swimmers may be chosen for testing. Your membership of Swim Ireland commits you to agreeing to testing and in the case of a Child (U/18) the prior written consent of the parent or guardian is required via the initial membership process at Club level, or at selection for competition or through competition entry forms.
All club personnel have a responsibility to ensure that club members are aware of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and that there is an atmosphere supporting a drug free sport within the club. A complete copy of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules are available through Swim Ireland.
Once you join Swim Ireland and enter a competition you are accepting the fact that you could be drug tested. To reassure parents of younger graded swimmers, the reality at the moment is that d drug testing only occurs at national level events. However all parents should be aware of the possibility of the swimmers being tested and what regulations are in operation.
Athletes should be aware of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules.
The Irish Anti-Doping Rules were launched in 2004, and will be updated in 2009. For full information on the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and how they relate to the World Anti-Doping Agency, go the following link: Irish Sports Council
Athletes should check their prescribed and over-the counter medications
Athletes should check their prescribed and over-the-counter medications to see if they are permitted for use by athletes. If a medication is not permitted, the athlete may need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. Check out the following link for detailed information on Therapeutic Use Exemptions and Medications: Irish Sports Council
Republic of Ireland: www.eirpharm.com has a 'Drugs in Sport Database' where athletes can check prescribed and over-the-counter medications
Northern Ireland: www.globaldro.com has a Drugs in Sport Database where athletes can check prescribed and over-the-counter medications
Do you know what happens in a drug test?
Athletes should be aware of what happens in a drugs test; their rights and responsibilities. Check out the following link for information on Sample Collection Procedures: Irish Sports Council
Anti-Doping Factsheets are available at the following link: Irish Sports Council
The Irish Sports Council Supplement Policy is available at: Irish Sports Council
If you have any queries on Anti-Doping, the contact details for the Anti-Doping Officers of Swim Ireland are:
Patricia Cleary: 090 6475425 / Patricia-Cleary@hotmail.com
Bettie Beattie: 048-90-826566 / email@example.com
The Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Unit can be contacted at:
Anti Doping Unit
Irish Sports Council
Top Floor, Block A
Westend Office Park,
Tel: 00353 1 8608800