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The Big Swim

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

We've started an exciting new project to help you get ready for the summer. It's called "The Big Swim". We have chosen two of our viewers along with one of our contributors (Louise Lennox) and with the help of former Olympic Swimmers and qualified swimming instructors we are going to help them achieve their goal of learning how to swim

On the last day of the season (21st of May) we will see them take their first plunge live from the National Aqua Centre. We will also attempt to set two new Guinness World Records!

Today we meet our first learner Denis McAuliffe along with Performance Coach Enda McNulty and Olympic Mentor Aisling Cooney to find out how he is getting on.

First Learner - Denis McAuliffe

Denis is from West Limerick and is petrified of the water. When he goes on holiday, getting into the water is not an option for him. He would love to overcome this fear. He can just about tolerate being in the shower. He does a lot of volunteer work in his community and enjoys gardening and fishing, but won't go near the water.

Performance Coach - Enda McNulty

Enda is Ireland's leading expert in leadership, motivation and performance coaching. He has played Gaelic games at the highest level for twelve years, culminating in winning seven Ulster Medals, an All Ireland Medal and a National League medal. Enda was voted an All Star in 2002 after Armagh won the All Ireland for the first time.
Enda leads an energetic young company called Motiv8 who specialize in motivation, leadership and performance coaching in Business, and Sport. Enda and his team currently work with over 25 of Ireland's most talented sports stars. Some of these stars are excelling on a national and international stage.
Enda worked with six of the Irish Guys who won the Grand Slam in 2009. In the past 12 months Enda has worked along with the Leinster Rugby team who won the Heineken Cup for the first time in their history in Edinburgh. Enda is probably known best for his involvement with RTE's Operation Transformation.