Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre in association with Clare Sports Partnership has established a High Performance Academy to support training and give financial aid to our local young athletes. Places are awarded on outstanding past performances and more importantly strong evidence of future achievements. The aim of the High Performance Academy is to give talented young people in our local community the opportunity of developing their sporting career by offering the highest standards in coaching, training, nutrition, strength and conditioning advice, while also going to school/college and living in the locality. By combining sports participation without the added pressure of financing gym & pool memberships, a safety net is provided for the student. It is our intention to develop a sustainable programme where the individual is also provided with financial support and encouraged through judicious balancing of the time available to ensure that neither academic nor sporting interests are compromised.

Lisa O'Shea

  • 9th March 2016
    Shannon Leisure Centre High Performance Athlete Gearoid McMahon competed as part of the Irish Junior Team in the European U20 10K race in Podebrady, Czech Republic, on Saturday last. Although giving away 3 years to most of his competitors, Gearoid went with a plan and stuck to his task which resulted in him being rewarded with achieving the qualifying standard for the European Youth Championships which will be held in Tbilisi, Georgian in July. Gearoid posted a time of 48:18 beating his previous best time by 1 minute and 27 seconds. This was only Gearoids second time to compete at this distance.

    Gearoid McMahon Czech Republic

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    10th March 2016

    Gearoid McMahon Shannon High performance

    Gearoid McMahon receiving his Athletics Ireland Award for “Outstanding Performance” in Race Walking 2015, for the second year in succession. The award was presented at the National Awards ceremony in Tullamore a couple of weeks ago. In the photo with Gearoid are Bernie O’Callaghan, presenting the “Roisin O’Callaghan” award, and Thomas Barr, Irish International Athlete.

    Gearoid competed in the English Senior Championships in Coventry last weekend, in his first 10k race, and finished in a time of 49:46 which secured him a place on the Irish U20 team competing in the European Cup of Race Walking, which will be held in Podebrady, Czech Republic, on April 9′th. Gearoid would like to sincerely thank Shannon Leisure Centre and Shannon PT for your continued support both financially and professionally over the past 18 months


    15th February 2016

    Congratulations to Shannon Leisure Centre’s newest High Performance Athletes brothers Tiarnan and Cathaoir Agnew who were crowned All-Ireland 40×20 GAA Handball Schools Senior Boys Doubles Champions.

    Full report

    Handball-Tiarnan-Cathaoir-Agnew Shannon Leisure Centre


  • 12th October 2015

    Congratulations to Shannon Leisure Centre High Performance Athlete Sabrina McCarthy on her recent FAI Munster U18’s Women’s victory in Killarney.

    Sabrina FAI

    18th August 2015

    Joanne Potter gets selected to represent Ireland in the European Tae Kwon Do Championships in October n the following categories:
    1) Individual Black Belt Sparring -55kgs
    2) Black Belt Team Sparring.
    3) Black Belt Team Patterns.

    Liam Alford update 14th August 2015

    Liam Alford was fighting in January in Birmingham for the ISKA World Title at -52kgs and unfortunately lost a split decision to Brad Foster current x9 times kickboxing world champion.

    Liam qualified in February to represent Ireland in the upcoming World Championships in Benidorm in Spain on November 3rd in the -55 and -60 kgs categories. Liam beat Luke Walsh current Celtic champion to qualify.

    In April Liam travelled to Lincoln to fight Jack Deakin for the -57 ISKA World Title. He was on top for the 5 rounds and lost to a controversial decision. Due to this the ISKA officials booked a rematch in Ireland on October 24th.

    In May Liam travelled to Waterford to take on a highly ranked fighter from Wales, Calvin Jones, welsh champion and won a 4round unanimous decision victory.

    Liam Alford

    4th August 2015

    Lisa O’Shea at the girls interprovincials which was held in Wexford Golf Club recently. This competition was played over 3 days and Lisa won 2 out 3 of her singles matches and 1 out of 2 of her foresomes matches. For more images click the link.

    Lisa O'Shea

    Lisa Earns first Irish u18′s cap during finals in Galway on the 15th-18th of July. Lisa played 36 holes on the Wednesday to qualify for the matchplay stages. She finished tied 11th and qualified because it was the top 32. Lisa then went on to win my first match which put her into the championship side of the competition; from there she won her next 3 matches which left Lisa in the finals on Saturday afternoon. Lisa lost her match on 15 in the final but earned herself a spot on the GirlsHome Internationals Team which will be held in Scotland.


    19th July 2015

    Gearoid McMahon takes Bronze at the SIAB International School Track and Field Championships held in Grangemouth Scotland at the weekend. Gearoid, competing in the 3000m walk, finished in a PB time of 13.58.28 and helped the 72 strong Irish Team take Second place at the event. Gearoid is still eligible to compete at this event next year and would like to Thank the Academy and Gerry McIntyre at Shannon PT for their continued support

    SIAB International School Track and Field Championships

    11th July 2015
    Congratulations to Shannon Leisure Centre High Performance Athlete Karl Fitzmaurice on winning the National U23 5000m in Tullamore recently. Karl put in a strong kick over the last 400m to win a slow tactical race. Fantastic achievement Karl!
    U-23 All Ireland Champion

    22nd June 2015

    Gearoid McMahon Selected For Irish Team!!!


    Gearoid McMahon, representing St Caimins Shannon and Munster, took Gold in the U17 3000m walk at the Tailteann Games in Santry on Friday. Gearoid set a new Personal Best time for the distance of 14:06:17, beating his previous best by 27 seconds and finishing some 68 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Gearoids achievements have earned him selection for the Irish Schools Team which will compete in the International Schools Track & Field Championships in Glasgow on July 18′th. Gearoid was also honoured with the “Roisin O’Callaghan” trophy for “Best Race Walk Athlete of the Meet” which he adds to the one he was awarded from AAI in January this year.

    19th June 2015

    Update on Gearoid McMahon High Performance Academy Athlete at Shannon Leisure Centre

    Gearoid won the Munster AAI U16 3K walk in a new PB of 14:33 on Saturday last in Waterford IT. He will represent Munster (and St Caimins)in the Tailteann Games in Santry this Friday. All going well Gearoid hopes to be selected for the Ireland Schools Team which will travel to Glasgow!

    23rd March 2015

    Shannon Leisure Centre High Performance Athlete Gearoid McMahon sets a New National Record in the 1500m at the All Ireland Indoors. Gearoid set a winning time of 6.33, breaking the previous record by 4 seconds which was set in 1990 by 3 times Olympian Jamie Costin

    .Gearoid McMahon winning Indoors

    3rd March 2015

    Big news for Joanne O’Donnell! The final selections for the Irish Team for the upcoming World Championships were made and she has been selected to compete for Ireland in the following categories:

    Junior – 14-18 years old -55Kg 1st Dan Black Belt Sparring Team Sparring Individual 1st Dan Black Belt Power Test Team Patterns.

    Joanne is also still in contention for the final spot in 1st Dan Individual Patterns which will be determined by the coaches in the coming weeks.

    18th February 2015

    Great News!!! Shannon Leisure Centre High Performance Athlete Gearoid McMahon has been awarded the “Roisin O’Callaghan Award” for outstanding performances in Race Walking during 2014. This is a National award awarded by Athletics Ireland for all athletes under 19 years of age. He is due to receive his award on February 28th in the Tullamore Court Hotel so loads of excitement here.


    29th January 2015

    Shannon Leisure centre High Performance Athlete and current European Silver Medallist -55kg Joanne Potter has just returned from a very successful trip to the ITF Taekwon-Do Dutch Open, held in Best, Netherlands. The championships attracted 630 competitors from 18 countries across Europe, with many of the world’s top ITF Taekwon-Do competitors using this as part of their preparation for the upcoming World Championships, which take place in Jesolo, Italy in May. Joanne continued her success in the -55kg female sparring division, taking the silver medal after some hotly contested bouts. For more images of Joanne at the Dutch Open click here.

    Joanne Potter Dutch Open

    16th January 2015

    Congratulations to Shannon Leisure Centre High Performance Athlete Gearoid McMahon on receiving the prestigious Clare AAI Sports Star Award for winning the All-Ireland and English Championships and was awarded the “Overall Clare Athlete of the Year” for breaking numerous Munster and National records this year!

    Well done Gearoid from all there at Shannon Leisure Centre!!!

    Gearoid McMahon Awards

    For more images of Gearoid receiving his awards click the link

    13th January 2015

    The athletes of the Shannon Leisure Centre High Performance Academy receiving funding from Clare Sports Partnership for their upcoming National and International competitions.

    HP Athletes receiving funding from Clare Sports Partnership

    CSP funding

    4th December 2014

    Shannon PT Shannon High Performance

    Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre is delighted to announce Shannon PT as a partner to our High Performance Academy. Shannon PT will be assisting in the continued development of our athletes by offering physical therapy treatments.


    2nd December 2014

    Congratulations to High Performance athlete Ben O’Gorman and (employee) Rory Hayes on their selection for the Clare U-21 hurling panel. Ben and Rory are extremely dedicated young hurlers and no one deserves this selection more than they do. We wish them both every success and are very proud.

    1st December 2014

    Liam Alford, Kickboxing.

    Liam Alford Shannon Leisure Centre

    Liam successfully defended his -55Kgs WKA Irish Junior Title against Calum O’Sullivan from Waterford on Saturday night in front of a packed house in the Oakwood Arms.

    Despite the fight going the distance there was never any doubt as to the result with the judges giving him a unanimous decision. The bout was fought out in an incredible atmosphere and the young Shannon lad had his opponent on the canvas in the second round but in fairness to Calum O’Sullivan he picked himself up and fought to the bitter end. Liam always controlled the fight and showing class and confidence dominating his opponent and controlling the pace of the fight from start to finish. Well done Liam.

    Joanne Potter, Tae Kwon Do.

    Joanne put in an extremely impressive performance in the Individual Black Belt Patterns, losing narrowly 3-2 in the Semi Final to eventual gold medallist, Ellen Ince from Dublin before going on to take Bronze 5-0 in the 3rd Place Play off. In -55kgs Individual Black Belt Sparring she also took Bronze in a highly competitive section again losing narrowly on a split decision in the Semi-Final before going on to stop her opponent in the 3rd Place play off and once again take Bronze. Finally in the Power Test Joanne retained her Gold Medal from 2013 finishing the day 3rd overall in the individual Female Cadet category.

    25th November 2014

    Both Joanne and Liam will be in top class action this coming Saturday:

    Joanne:Tae Kwon Do
    This week-end sees ITF Irish Cup once again being staged in the UL Sports Arena, Limerick, this is an international competition and takes on added importance as it will also act as a qualifier for the Irish Squad for next year’s World Championships in Italy.
    Joanne will once again complete in -55kgs Individual Black Belt Sparring (where she will defend her title), Individual Patterns and in Power Test (where she is also the defending champion). Competitions for Cadets (14-17 years) and Seniors 17 years and above will take place on Saturday and promises to provide some outstanding action it what is fast becoming known as a top international and very professionally run tournament. The competition kicks off at 10am on Saturday.

    Saturday night sees “Lords of the Ring 9” in the Oakwood Arms Hotel Shannon, the very popular annual fight night is once again taking place at the venue hosted by Shannon Kickboxing Club and features a host of young local fighters most notably Liam Alford from Shannon Kickboxing Club. Liam who will fight second last on the night will be defending his -55Kgs WKA Irish Junior Title against Calum O’Sullivan of Raging Bull Kickboxing Club, Waterford over 5 x 3 minute rounds. Doors open at 6.45pm.
    Best of luck to both.


    17th November 2014

    Massive well done to Shannon Leisure Centre High Performance Athlete Joanne Potter who travelled to compete in the IUTF Open in Neptune Stadium in Cork on Saturday. Joanne had a very successful outing winning Gold in Individual Junior Ladies Sparring (– 60 kgs) and Gold in Individual Junior Ladies Patterns, she also stepped up to compete in Senior Ladies Team Sparring winning Silver. All in all she sparred 6 times on Saturday winning all 6 bouts! Her next competitive outing is in the ITF Irish Open in UL on 29th of November.

    12th November 2014

    Well done to Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre High Performance Academy Athlete Tommy Walsh on being selected for the 15 man Irish Basketball team to Play Denmark after Christmas.

    The final 12 players to represent Ireland in the European Championships will be chosen after the Denmark game so we wish Tommy all the best in his performance!!!

    29th September 2014

    Massive media coverage of High Performance Academy Launch :)

    *Clare Herald Acticle (click Link)

    *Clare Champion Article

    clare champion High Performance Academy Shannon Leisure Centre

    *Clare People Article and Images

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    25th September 2014

    Click the link to see some fantastic images of our launch night with Sonia O’Sullivan :)

    5th September 2014:

    We are delighted to welcome Sabrina McCarthy, Karl Fitzmaurice, Joanne Potter and Liam Alford to our High Performance Academy. All outstanding young local athletes who have worked hard to achieve amazing results in their journey so far. Working with the support of Clare Sports Partnership we look forward to supporting these athletes in their training. We also look forward to following their future sporting achievements and keeping you posted on them.

    The official launch of the Academy will take place on September 19th at Shannon Leisure Centre and joining us on the day is World and Olympic Champion Sonia O’Sullivan!! The athletes and sponsors will get a chance to meet with Sonia and get some professional advice on what it takes to become a world class athlete.

    High Performance Academy Athletes

    Athletes from the High Performance Academy takes on The ZUU as part of their nutritional information evening.



    4th Sept 2014:

    We are delighted to announce that World & Olympic champion Sonia O’Sullivan will be a guest at the official launch of the HP Academy on Friday 19th September @ 7pm

    High Performance Academy Athletes Join Professional Basketball Stars for Training Day at Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre.
    For more information on the day including info on the Pro’s click here for images of the training day click here.


    High Performance Group

High Performance Athletes 2015/2016:

  • Tommy Walsh

    Tommy WalshOn the 20th June this year 15 year old Tommy a native of Sixmilebridge received his first Irish international cap for basketball against Scotland in Neptune Stadium Cork. Tommy plays for his school St Patricks Comprehensive and for Celtics Basketball Club in Limerick. This term Tommy will be going into Junior Cert and says the support from Shannon Leisure Centre he is receiving is invaluable especially during this very important time for him.

    News Update 12th November 2014:

    Well done to Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre High Performance Academy Athlete Tommy Walsh on being selected for the 15 man Irish Basketball team to Play Denmark after Christmas.

    The final 12 players to represent Ireland in the European Championships will be chosen after the Denmark game so we wish Tommy all the best in his performance!!!

    Tommy 1st Cap(Tommy’s 1st Irish Cap)

  • Lisa O Shea

    Lisa O'Shea15 year old Lisa is a member of Shannon Golf Club and playing golf since she was 2 years old. Lisa has been capped for the Munster Interprovisional girls U-18 team 4 times and this year received her first cap for the Ladies Senior Interprovisional team. Lisa currently attends St Patricks Comprehensive Shannon.

    To view more images of Lisa O’Shea click here.


  • Cathaoir Agnew

    Handball-Tiarnan-Cathaoir-Agnew Shannon Leisure CentreCathaoir Agnew crowned All-Ireland 40×20 GAA Handball Schools Senior Boys Doubles Champions 2016. Cathaoir currently attends St Caimins Community School Shannon

    For more images of Cathaoir click here.

  • Tiernan Agnew

    Handball-Tiarnan-Cathaoir-Agnew Shannon Leisure CentreTiarnan Agnew crowned All-Ireland 40×20 GAA Handball Schools Senior Boys Doubles Champion 2016.

    Tiarnan is one of the brightest prospects coming through in Irish Handball, and has just come back from the World Handball Championships in Calgary as part of Team Ireland, winning three gold medals in the 15&U category. His latest success comes on the back of numerous County, Provincial & National titles, and was by no means a surprise given the talent and drive he so evidently possesses. Tiernan currently attends St Caimins Community School Shannon.

  • Jayme O Sullivan

  • Liam Alford

    Winning 2nd -55 Junior WKA Irish titleAt just 14 years of age Liam has already become the Irish National WKA Junior Champion and Irish National ISKA Junior Champion (14-18 years) at -55 Kgs, making him the undisputed Irish Champion, to hold belt both belts at the
    same time is an extraordinary feat for someone so young. In 2013 Liam travelled to Italy representing Ireland at the Unified World Kickboxing Championships and took home Bronze in the -55Kgs category. Liam is fast becoming known as one of the best Junior fighters in Ireland and has a bright future in the sport

    Liam is also strudying his 3rd year (junior cert) at St.Patricks Comprehensive School in Shannon.

    To view more images of Liam click the link

  • Joanne Potter

    Joanne PotterJoanne Potter from Clarecastle is a third year student in St Caimins, Shannon. Joanne took up Taekwon-Do ten years ago and received her 1st Degree black belt in June 2013.

    Representing Ireland at Junior level, Joanne won SILVER in the European Taekwon-Do Championships this year in the -55 kilo sparring in Riccione, Italy. At the World Taekwon-Do championships last October in Benidorm, Spain she won GOLD as a member of the Junior Ladies Team in sparring and gold as a member of the Junior Ladies Team in the team patterns. Joanne has several other national titles over the years.

    In October 2014 Joanne will travel to Budapest, Hungary for the European Cup in preparation for the World Taekwon-Do Championships in Venice, Italy in May 2015.

    To view more images of Joanne click the link.

  • Sabrina McCarthy

    Sabrina McCarthySabrina McCarthy is a 4th year student in St Caimins Secondary School Shannon. An outstanding soccer player Sabrina played with the Munster U-15 school girls in 2013. She received her Irish Cap for the Irish U-15 School Girls in 2014 and is on the Clare up coming U-16 talent. Sabrina hopes to make the girls U-16 Irish panel later his year.

    To view more images of Sabrina click the link.

  • Dylan Frawley


  • Gearoid McMahon

    Gearoid McMahon High Performance Athlete Shannon Leisure Centre Newmarket-on-Fergus native Gearoid McMahon, a member of Shannon Athletic Club, has had a very successful Race Walking season. Gearoid is the current Munster and All-Ireland U15 Indoor and Outdoor Champion and has broken both the Munster Indoor and Outdoor records in 2014 as well as setting a new National Indoor record in Athlone. Attending St Caimins community school Shannon, Gearoid won the North Munster, Munster and All-Ireland schools titles for which he was rewarded by representing his school in the Tailteann Games. The season was finished off by winning the England 3A’s Championships where Gearoid travelled as part of an eight strong Irish Race Walking Team. Gearoid is very fortunate to have benefited from the expertise of World Champion Rob Heffernan at his Race Walking Academy in Cork during the year and is very grateful for his guidance.
    Gearoids ambition is to qualify for the European Youths Championships in 2017.
    To view more images of Gearoid click the link.

  • Luke Merrigan

  • Previous Academy Athletes

    Aron Shanagher17 year old Aron Shanagher plays minor hurling with Clare and is a member of Wolfe Tones Club playing from minor to senior level. Aron made his debut for Clare minor hurling team against Waterford in cusack park in April 2014. Aron currently attends St Caimins Community School Shannon and is going into Leaving cert this year.

    For more images of Aron Shanagher click here

    Ben O'Gorman18 year old Ben O’Gorman is our third athlete to play minor hurling with Clare this year and is also a member of Wolfe Tones Club playing from minor to senior level. Ben currently attends St Caimins Community School Shannon


    Munster AAI Templemore Karl Fitzmaurice 19 year old Karl Fitzmaurice just graduated from St.Patricks Comprehensive School in 2014 and is hoping to study Sport Science in Athlone institute of Technology.

    Karl’s sport of choice is Athletics in particular long distance track and cross country

    His highest Ranking was 1st in national u19 3000m steeplechase and has a PB/handicap of 9:02

    Later this year Karl hopes to represent Ireland in the European Junior Cross Country Championships. Trials will be taking place on November 23rd.

    Karl’s long term goal is to represent my country in the 10000m in the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Games.

    Karl has also won 11 national medals in athletics ranging from senior track and field (Clare Team) to juvenile individual and 4 Munster cross country titles.

    To view more images of Karl in action click the link


    James Hanrahan High Performance AthleteA leaving cert student in St Patrick’s Comprehensive, James Hanrahan from Newmarket on Fergus has excelled in the field of mountain biking.

    Sport: Mountain Biking, MTB, XC (Cross Country & Enduro)

    Highest Ranking: 4th Junior All Ireland 2014 & 2nd European marathon championships 2014

    Sporting Aspirations:

    To retain Munster Junior title in Sept 2014 and again in 2015.

    • To place top 4 overall in the NPS (National Points System) series in 2015
    • To place top 5 in National Championships 2015
    • To finish the Co. Clare Road Race Championships in a strong position in 2015
    • To complete more road races in Co Clare in 2015 – study and leaving cert permitting J
    • Become National XC (Cross Country) Marathon Champion for the Junior Category in 2015


    Future Aspirations

    • To become National Champion
    • To race internationally in the World Cup circuit
    • To race in the Olympics

    To view more images of James click the link.


Athletes, Coaches and managers in the locality are asked to contact Karl Fogarty at Shannon Leisure Centre email  for expressions of interest for places on 2015/2016 programme.


Keep up to date with all our high performance athletes on our facebook and twitter pages!


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