2021 Olympian Brendan Hyland Announces Retirement

2021 Olympian Brendan Hyland has announced his retirement from Performance swimming this week following a long and very successful swimming career. Dublin-born Hyland has been a member of Tallaght Swimming Club throughout his time with the sport and spent over a decade of his performance-level swimming years as a member of National Centre (Dublin) based on the Sport Ireland Campus.

Brendan has featured at almost every level of the sport at international level, having commenced racing for Ireland at the European Junior Championships in 2012 and going on feature for the nation within senior competition at numerous European Championships and World Championships over his career, including the pinnacle of his racing at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021, where he was also a key member of Ireland’s first Olympic relay in 49 years. Brendan has also held Irish National Senior records in four different events during this time, and has been very well supported by Sport Ireland, the Sport Ireland Institute and the Olympic Federation of Ireland in representing Ireland at the highest levels of the sport.

Brendan was to say, “I am proud to announce my new Recruitment role with The Andersen Partnership focusing on transactional finance and starting off another chapter in my life. A massive thank you to Swim Ireland, Sport Ireland, the Sport Ireland Institute & the Olympic Federation of Ireland for what has been the journey of a lifetime! If any of my current network find themselves in this field and would like to know more, please get in touch with me via the link above.”

National Performance Director Jon Rudd said, “Brendan has been the heartbeat of Irish National swimming teams for so long now and we were all thrilled when he finally achieved that which he had always strived for – to become an Olympian and deliver for his nation at the highest level of the sport. Brendan is another experienced senior athlete that will work with us in an Athlete Mentoring role going forwards and our up and coming talent will benefit greatly from all that he has learnt over his time in an Irish cap. He will be missed on the team – but is still very much part of the team in other ways!”