Dublin teacher wins ASTI award for outstanding contribution
A Dublin teacher has received the 2021 ASTI Achievement Award in recognition of her contribution to her school community and to sporting in Ireland. The Award was presented at a reception in May which had been postponed due to the pandemic.
Julie-Ann Somers, a teacher at Mount Sackville Secondary School in Chapelizod, represented Ireland at the World Ice Swimming Championships in 2019 where she took home the Silver Medal in her age category for a 500 swim in a pool cut from a frozen lake.
Julie-Ann’s consistent dedication to sea swimming every weekend enabled her to achieve her personal goal of swimming an ice mile in 2018. At the time she was one of approximately 40 women in the world who had done this.
Julie-Ann gives regular talks at her school sharing her unique experience with students and explaining how she sets goals for herself and achieves them. She is also Master of Ceremonies for the school’s sports day and her colleagues say her enthusiasm is infectious.
The ASTI Achievement Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of second-level teachers to their students, schools, communities and to society.