Sunday's Well official Mary Haughney is the first Leesider to be selected as an international swimming referee

Sunday's Well official Mary Haughney is the first Leesider to be selected as an international swimming referee
Swimmer Sharon Semchiy with Mary Haughney. Picture Dan Linehan

SUNDAY’S WELL swimming official Mary Haughney has been appointed to the FINA Referee List.

Selection to the FINA International Panel is the highest recognition conveyed on a referee and it means Haughney can officiate until 2022 at the international level.

She is the first person from Cork to receive this honour and becomes one of an elite few now eligible to officiate at European, World and Olympic events.

Haughney first began officiating when her children swam with Sunday’s Well in 2000 and progressed up through the ranks before becoming a national referee in 2013.

She has been on duty at numerous club, regional and national events and worked at international meets in Swansea, Manchester and Berlin.

Also a member of the Board of Swim Ireland, Haughney is at the forefront of all decision making, an exciting place to be particularly in a pre-Olympic year. 

She also writes a weekly swimming column for The Echo which appears every Thursday.

“I am extremely honoured to be given this opportunity to represent my club, county and country on the international stage,” she said.

“I’m a self-confessed ‘swimming junky’ but I just love being on poolside amid all the activity, and getting to know all the athletes.

“Irish swimming is on the crest of a wave at present and we are heading in, to what will be, a very exciting two seasons. 

"I truly believe our swimmers are among the best in the world and now I can officiate at some of those big meets.”

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