Paolo Di Paola
Lead coach of the Leinster team at British Age
Swim Ireland licensed swim coach.
Ireland/Coaching Ireland licensed tutor and assessor delivering
Level 1 and Level 2 Teaching and Coaching
American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) qualified
coach with FIN (Italian Swimming NGB).
Ireland/Sport Ireland Safeguarding Children
competitively and as a Master until 2006.
swimming coach with Paralympics Ireland Development Squad since
Performance Manager of the Swim Ireland National Youth Squad
coach of the Leinster swimming team at British Age Group
with Aer Lingus SC 2007-2019.
coach of the Age Group squad in Aer Lingus SC
coach of the Masters squad at CSA (Rome, Italy)
Co-ordinator of the Irish Masters Development Squad (National)
S&C Lead Coach
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Niamh took over as Lead Strength and Conditioning coach of the
NAC Swim Club Gym in October 2018 and brings a wealth of experience
Coaching Interests include Bio-mechanics
of movement, fundamental movement, strength training
and understanding demands of different sports.
Niamh commenced as an athlete in the sport of Olympic style of
Taekwondo at the age of 12. Niamh currently holds a 5th
Dan Kukkiwon Blackbelt and has been coachng in the sport at both
national and international level for over 10 years. Niamh has also
represented Club & Country at European Poomsae
Championships. World Poomsae Championships, Universiade 2009
Belgrade, Universiade 2011 Shenzhen & World University
Niamh recieved a citation from Kukkiwon [Highest Taekwondo
Authority] for her contribution to Taekwondo whilst attending a
In a coaching capacity, Niamh has attended European Chamionships
& World Championships and has extensive experience at Elite
level right down to grass roots development.
Having completed an honours degree in sports science she took a
huge interest in the biochemical movement and exercise science
during her studies and it was from here she continued on her
studies into Strength and Conditioning. Niamh has worked in an
S&C capacity with inter county level GAA, Rugby and Olympic
level Taekwondo athletes and has now taken a keen interest in the
sport of swimming, particularly youth swimming.
Niamh joined Paralympics Ireland in the summer of 2016 as the
new Performance Operations Manager. She has also had the
opportunity to work with some of the leading Irish para athletes in
an S&C capacity.