Má chailleann tú uair ar maidin beidh tú á tóraíocht i rith an lae, as the Irish say: if you lose an hour in the morning you’ll be looking for it all day. Jon Rudd set the alarm clock for an early awakening in Irish swimming the moment he arrived as performance director in February. In an interview with SwimVortex on this May Day – or International Workers’ Day in some parts of the world – Rudd notes that the work to lift Ireland up the world swimming ranks is underway, two performance centres at the heart of a program that, beyond clean sport, ethics and related issues, will leave no stone, Blarney or otherwise, unturned. The priority is to build success onshore – while being open to the opportunities of offshore, be those through Irish athletes based overseas or athletes who may not yet have realised they could be racing for Ireland
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