Burns is an Honour Contributor (Coach) in the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland of the inaugural Class of 2018. Her Class of 2018 includes Honour Swimmer Chris Bryan, Honour Swimmer Lisa Cummins, Honour Swimmer Kieran Fitzgerald, Honour Swimmer Jack McClelland, Honour Swimmer Deirdre Ward, Honour Contributor Martin Cullen (Administrator), Honour Contributor Brian Meharg (Pilot), and Honour Contributor Quinton Nelson (Pilot).
Coaching & Athletic Career Highlights
- She has a tremendous influence in County Cork to develop 149 local marathon swimmers to date.
- She coached almost all of the 34 Cork-based 25 km+ marathon swimmers including more than 20 English Channel solo swimmers between 2005 and 2017 including Lisa Cummins, a two-way English Channel, and Ned Denison, an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee..
- She coached aspiring Maura Twomey from Boston to an English Channel solo success.
- She coached many Cork marathon swimmers through her years at Source Fitness, Cork Masters including some from the age of 3.
- She is not paid for her English Channel coaching – rather she insists that her swimmers raise charity funds – which exceeded 100,000 euro to date.
- She is the coach of Cork Masters and has been one of the critical folks driving the explosion and success of marathon swimming in Cork Ireland since 2004, per Ned Denison.
- She is a marathon swimmer with a 22.3 km (13.9-mile) wetsuit solo crossing from Formigues Illes to Medea in Spain in 2015.
- She completed the earliest marathon swim recorded in County Cork, a 13 km (8.1-mile) swim from Blackrock Village to Cobh in 1973.
- She is an Irish Masters Swim record holder.
- She is the winner of the seven Hogs 5 km open water events in 2010.
- She was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association.
2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination
Eilís Burns transformed her international-level water polo, marathon swimming and Ireland masters talents to the open water world and was well deservingly inducted in the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland as an Honour Contributor (Coach) in its inaugural Class of 2018. Year in and year out, Burns works hard as a coach and mentor fully committed to swimmers from various walks of life and of all abilities to become successful open water swimmers. She has a tremendous influence in County Cork, Ireland that has lead to the development of hundreds of local marathon swimmers and dozens of successful crossings of the English Channel. For insisting that her swimmers raise charity funds - which exceeded €100,000 - instead of paying for her coaching services, for creating the requisite network, ambiance and knowledge base so Cork has become a global epicenter of marathon swimming, and for maintaining her passion for the sport since 1973, Eilís Burns of Ireland is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.
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