para Swimming Allianz european championships dublin 2018


We are seeking 500 volunteers to help us make the Para Swimming Allianz European Championships the biggest and best event to take place in Dublin this year and now there is only 1 month left to apply to be a part of this great event. To volunteer click HERE

 We have been delighted with the response to date as so many people have committed to giving their time to this brilliant event. We still need more volunteers in all areas regardless of levels of experience or expertise. So, get involved and be part of #Dublin2018

6 Months to #Dublin2018 and Turner Can't Wait

There are now only 6 months to go to the Para Swimming Allianz European Championships! August 13th will see the first day of competition at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin and anticipation is building for this great event.


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The International Paralympic Committee caught up with Irish Paralympian Swimmer, Nicole Turner as she looks forward to competing in front of her home crowd


Despite her youth, 15-year-old Nicole Turner is one of Ireland’s main medal contenders ahead of the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships in Dublin, which start in exactly six months’ time, on 13 August.

“I'm really excited, training is going really well and I'm training really hard,” said Turner. “I've several competitions between now and then. I'm hoping to get a warm weather training camp in before August to ensure I am in the best possible shape.”

Dublin 2018 will be Turner’s second time competing at a Europeans after claiming two silvers in the women’s 200m individual medley SM6 and 100m breaststroke SB6, and bronze in the 50m butterfly S6, at Funchal 2016.

But she knows this year’s competition will be special.

“It will be Ireland's first major Paralympic event. It will be amazing and an absolute honour to represent my country at this level in the fantastic facility of the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin which I can proudly call my home training pool.”

Turner knows she is very young and has much to learn before becoming a swimmer-to-beat on the international scene, and prefers not to have any expectations of medal count.

“Although it would be nice to medal in front of a home crowd,” she said. “At the moment I compete in six events and do not have a specific specialty. I think going forward we will have to narrow down these events and make a decision on which swims to totally focus on.”

Before going to Dublin, Turner plans to compete at “a couple of World Series event of which are yet to be confirmed.”

The Irish teenage talent competed at her maiden Paralympic Games in Rio, in 2016, achieving a fifth place in the 50m butterfly S6. She also has one World Championships under her belt. With such experience, Turner is hoping to make another leap forward at the 2019 Worlds and 2020 Paralympics.

“My priority at the moment is the Europeans and that is my main focus. Once completing them, I can then turn my attention to the Worlds in Malaysia, which will be good preparation for Tokyo,” she said.

“At the age of only 14 years old, I was Ireland's youngest athlete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. It was a fantastic experience and one I will never forget. I will be 18 years old at Tokyo 2020 and a much more experienced and matured athlete. Therefore, I hope to make the podium. This is my dream.”

Check out the full interview here:

President Launches Search for 600 Volunteers

Over 600 volunteers are being sought to work at the Dublin 2018 World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships which are being held at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown next August from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th.




A broad range of volunteers will be needed to ensure that the Championships run smoothly and will be remembered as an event that we can all be proud of. There are nine volunteer areas that individuals can register to work within. Those volunteer teams are: Accreditation Team, Anti Doping Team, Event Operations Team, Media Services Team, Medical Services Team, Athlete Services Team, Sport/Competition Team, Transport Services Team and Venue Operations Team.


The Para Swimming Allianz European Championships will welcome over 500 athletes, representing more than 40 nations, to Dublin to compete over 7 days of intense competition. There will be two sessions per day comprising more than 500 races with over 170 finals. Over 500 medals will be presented in more than 14 hours of medal presentation ceremonies.


People with and without previous voluntary experience are asked to go to the website where they can follow the link to fill out the volunteer recruitment form and register their interest in helping out with this huge undertaking.


Speaking at the launch of the Para Swimming Allianz European Championships Volunteer Call, Paralympics Ireland President John Fulham said ‘Next year we are hosting one of the biggest sporting events that Ireland will see and one of the biggest international events that we have ever held. This is a huge logistical undertaking and we will need supporters of Paralympic sport, swimming and sport in general to help us to make this a genuinely world class sporting occasion that we can be truly proud of. Ireland is a great sporting nation and we have a huge tradition of volunteerism so we are urging the public to get behind these championships and make an important contribution to Irish Paralympic sport.’

To Register your interest in volunteering please click HERE

Allianz Announced as Title Sponsor of 2018 World Para Swimming European Championships

Allianz has today been confirmed as the title sponsor for the Dublin 2018 World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships. The National Aquatic Centre in the National Sports Campus in Dublin will host the Para Swimming Allianz European Championships from August 13th-19th 2018.



The announcement of Allianz as title sponsor to the prestigious competition marks a significant milestone on the path to the championships which will take place in exactly 300 days. Irish Paralympic bronze medallist, Ellen Keane, joined Allianz CEO, Sean McGrath, and Miriam Malone, Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee to announce the sponsorship at the National Aquatic Centre.

August 2018 will mark the first time that Ireland will host a major, international, para sporting competition which will offer our elite athletes the opportunity to compete against world class opposition in their own home pool. Over 500 athletes will participate in the Para Swimming Allianz European Championships representing no fewer than 40 countries with some of the best swimmers in the world coming to Dublin on a quest to claim European glory.

Allianz first partnered with Paralympics Ireland in 2010 and, in that time, has been instrumental to the promotion and growth of Paralympic sport in Ireland. Allianz’ support of this event further demonstrates their continued support for Para athletes as we build towards Tokyo 2020.

Miriam Malone, Chairperson of the Dublin 2018 Local Organising Committee, said

'‘We are delighted to welcome Allianz as the title sponsor of the championships. Allianz are great friends to Paralympics Ireland in recent years and are synonymous with Para Sports across the globe. August 2018 will see us host an historic sporting event that will showcase our athletes and our facilities to an international audience, along with our host partners Sport Ireland, Swim Ireland and Failte Ireland.  Having a title sponsor like Allianz will certainly help with the aim of providing a world class sporting occasion.’'

Sean McGrath, Allianz Ireland CEO, said:

“We are delighted to announce our support of the 2018 Para Swimming Allianz European Championships which affords Irish athletes the chance to perform on a global stage from the familiar and world class National Aquatic Centre.

As an organisation, Allianz exists to enable communities to live life to the fullest, without fear or compromise. Our global sponsorship of the International Paralympic Committee and local partnership with Paralympics Ireland allows us to support elite athletes who have overcome adversity and I look forward to welcoming Europe’s top athletes to Dublin next August.”

OCTOBER 18, 2017

Dublin to Host the 2018 European Para Swimming Championiships

We are delighted to announce that we, along with our partners will host the 2018 Para Swimming European Championships at the National Aquatic Centre from the 13th - 19th August 2018. 

This is the very first time such a prestigious Para sport event, which is governed by World Para Swimming, will come to Ireland. the event will attract many of the world's leading Para swimmers with over 500 athletes from forty counties set to descend on the capital for seven days of unforgettable competition in August next year. 


Notably, the Championships will be the biggest competition to be held at the National Aquatic Centre in fifteen years presenting an unrivalled opportunity to internationally showcase all the National Sports Campus has to offer.

Read more about the Championships here


Next year we will be looking for volunteers to help out in different aspects of the Championships. If you are interested please contact and more information will be issued shortly. 

Title Sponsors of the 2018 Para Swimming Allianz European Championships