The International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) held its 5th World Championships in Samoens, France, earlier this month, with a 31-strong team travelling to represent Ireland.
Ice Swimming is swimming in water temperature of 5.0˚C or lower, unassisted, wearing one standard swimming costume, one pair of goggles, and one standard swimming silicon cap. An extreme sport with a clear set of safety and integrity rules.
With water temperature 3.7˚C and air temperature of 2˚C, the freshwater pool was host to 16 events ranging from 50m to 1000m across four days of competition.
41 federations and 489 athletes competed at the event. Ireland’s Grace McLaughlin claimed an impressive 10th in the Women’s 1000m and 11th in 500m, with the Women’s team claiming 12th in the 4 x 250m relay.
Meanwhile, Dominic Mudge was also on form in the Men’s 1000m, finishing in 11th place, while also claiming 17th in the 100m backstroke and 22nd in the 250m freestyle, as well as assisting in a number of relays for Team Ireland.