Young Brian Foster Earns His Yellow Cap Around Sandycove Island

Young Brian Foster Earns His Yellow Cap Around Sandycove Island

Ned Denison reported that 13-year-old Irish open water swimmer Brian Foster of Kinsale completed his 100th lap of Sandycove Island, Kinsale in Ireland.

Denison explains, “Each lap is about 1,600 meters or 1 mile in length. He trains with, and has been inspired by, the largest and most successful group of marathon swimmers in Ireland, the Sandycove Island Swimmers. 22 of these swimmers have completed a 33.5 km English Channel swim and one of these Ireland’s first over-and-back swim.

The Sandycove Island Swimmers as an organization and 7 individuals have been inducted into the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as Honour Swimmers and Honour Contributors as a coach, crew, media representative or administrator. One Honour Swimmer is Owen O’Keefe – who also completed 100 laps at an early age and is the youngest, at age 16, from Ireland to swim the English Channel. Brian has big marathon ambitions and is already visualizing a future English Channel swim.”

Honour Swimmer and Chairperson of the Sandycove Island Swim Club Carol Cashell commented, “Brian brings infectious enthusiasm to the water and is tapping into the experience of all the local marathoners. We predict big things for Brian.”

Brian’s father, Steve, is also an accomplished marathon swimmer having completed the 14.4 km Strait of Gibraltar crossing in 2014.

Brian is pictured above with his newly awarded yellow 100 laps swim cap – his father Steve is on the right with Owen O’Keefe on his left. The next caps are harder to earn: 500 laps and 10 km marathon swim.

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Steven Munatones