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Chris BRYAN
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Ireland   
GenderMen
Born08 May 1990
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
United Arab Emirates
Occupation
Researcher
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science, Sports Science - University of Limerick: Ireland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 11 with the Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club in Ireland. He was exposed to open water swimming there, since all participants were encouraged to participate in surf lifesaving each summer.
Why this sport?
He first got involved in surf lifesaving and then took up open water swimming as a teenager. "I love the thrill and intensity of open water swimming. The hardcore mileage, the shared respect between all competitors during every event, the rough and tumble of each race situation, the picturesque and natural beauty of many race venues and overall the competitive head-to-head racing experience."
Club / Team
University of Limerick/Ennis SC: Ireland
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The coach sets the programme, the athlete chooses success." (swimireland.ie, 09 Oct 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was inducted into the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. (ildsa.info, 05 Jan 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He is a postdoctoral research associate at the New York University Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He also runs swimming workshops and he has worked as a director at Absolute Swimming Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and as a masters swimming coach at Huna Aquatics. "I wasn't always 'Chris the swimmer'. I was also 'Chris the friend', and 'Chris the academic'. I think it's very important to have these different pools of esteem and efficacy. It allows me to understand my value." (swimireland.ie, 02 Feb 2021; hunaaquatics.com, 01 Jan 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020; pess.blog, 06 Aug 2019; The Sport Psych Show podcast, 31 Jul 2019; Facebook profile, 17 Feb 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
Between 2014 and 2019 he studied for a PhD on work and organisational psychology at the University of Limerick in Ireland. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020; Twitter profile, 01 Jan 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2015 Kazan, RUS 25km  DNF
44 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:53:22.9
16 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:49:33.4
33 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 1:56:52.8
8 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 56:28.0
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
18 2016 Hoorn, NED 10km 1:55:34.1
21 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km 58:19.3
9 2014 Berlin, GER 25km 5:12:40.1
16 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 1:50:13.4
34 2012 Piombino, ITA 10km 2:03:42.5
11 2011 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:53:31.9
14 2011 Eilat, ISR 5 km 56:11.2
27 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 5 km 1:04:40.4
32 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:01:04.4
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
76 2017   10km  
56 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:52:25.0
43 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:49:05.80
21 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:58:34.2
21 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:43:02.42
17 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:18.2
50 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:44:48.00
13 2015 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:55:13.70
31 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:01:14
12 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:21.8
14 2014 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:54:36.79
25 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:56:09.2
29 2012 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:01:30.87
8 2011 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:40:52.1