Wherever you go in the sporting world you’re sure to hear the Irish fans in full voice. Especially when it’s in their home country.
The National Aquatic Centre has been raucous throughout the World Para-Swimming Allianz European Championships, for not only the Irish athletes but for all the swimmers involved in the week-long competition.
The crowd have attracted the attention of many but none more so than the athletes of Team GB who have been full of praise for the Dublin atmosphere in a week that has seen them notch up an impressive 30 medals, including ten golds.
“The Irish crowd are very loud and very supportive,” began Maisie Summers-Newton, the 16-year-old swimming prodigy who has won two golds and broken two world records in her first two races.
“Hearing Nicole (Turner) and all of the Irish athletes get announced and hearing the fans cheer, yeah it’s unbelievable.”
Fellow world record holder Tom Hamer, who won gold in the Men’s S14 200m Freestyle on Tuesday, spoke after his race about how the Irish fans are “always amazing”
“Yeah it’s awesome, Irish crowd are always amazing wherever you go so yeah it’s pretty special and it’s lovely to be here also.”
The fans can also be a huge boost to an athlete as they look to gain an edge in a race that can be settled by such fine margin’s as Team GB’s Jordan Catchpole explained.
“The crowd are actually really energetic,” said Catchpole.
“Coming on the last 25 metres of the backstroke I could hear them really loud, it’s brilliant because that crowd cheering towards the end of a race can really give you that extra little push.”
Team GB’s medal tally has been excellent with only Ukraine and Italy winning more than the British athletes. A medalist from Wednesday evening Grace Harvey, who won bronze in the Women’s S6 100m Backstroke was another who was blown away by the Irish crowd.
“The crowd are amazing, it’s just so nice having people at a swim meet, cheering when you come out and screaming when you come out it’s just the best.
Day five of the championships has already proven to be a very busy one from an Irish perspective with five out of the six athletes who competed in this morning’s heats making the finals that are scheduled for this evening.
On Thursday night Ellen Keane came within inches of claiming Ireland’s first medal but she finished fourth in the women’s 100m backstroke final.