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New sports scholars for 2018-2019 announced

Published: 30th October 2018

Trinity Sport, in association with Bank of Ireland, today unveil their Trinity Sport and Club Academy scholars for 2018-2019. Student athletes from a wide variety of sports, including fencing, Paralympic swimming and cricket are featured in this year’s programme.

Among those on the high-performance pathway are:

  • Four Ireland U20 and Leinster rugby players – Jack Kelly, Jack Dunne, Michael Silvester and Ryan Baird. Tighthead prop and Leinster rugby player Linda Djougang.
  • Fencer Anna Lee, who was selected to represent Ireland at both the European and World Championships at U20 earlier this year.
  • Ireland U21s and U23s hockey player Erica Markey.
  • Women’s rower Aoife Corcoran who was part of the senior 8 that won Colours and Trinity Regatta in 2018. Fellow rower Turlough Hughes, who won Irish University Championships in senior 8 this year, is also on the programme.
  • Paralympic swimmer Ailbhe Kelly, currently ranked 5th in the world in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke S8 class.

Calibre
Matthew Dossett, Deputy Head of Sport and Recreation, commented: “We’re delighted to announce a very strong calibre of scholars for 2018/19. With 15 sports represented and a diverse range of developing and internationally recognised athletes, this is among our strongest list of recipients yet.  

“As with last year, the ever-improving standards of the support structure available to our highest performing athletes and teams in Trinity has resulted in a significant increase in scholarship applications. Improving our capability to attract and support talented athletes is a key objective within the strategy for sport, and this continual process will ensure that Trinity remains a strong destination of choice for the very best student athletes domestically and internationally.  

“I would like to extend sincere thanks to our partners Bank of Ireland. Without their continued support we would not have reached the standard of programme now in place or be able to award as many scholarships as we currently do. This support enables the sports scholarship and wider high performance pathway to cater for over 250 athletes across the entire calendar year. I’d like to congratulate this year’s scholars and teams, and wish everyone the very best of sporting and academic success for the season ahead.”

Gains
Bank of Ireland’s Sophie O’Halloran added: “We at Bank of Ireland would like to congratulate the 2018/2019 scholars on this phenomenal achievement. Sport teaches us great life lessons such as learning perseverance, turning failures into gains and that hard work does yield results. Your dedication to your chosen sports is greatly admirable. Bank of Ireland are delighted to support your journey here on campus and we look forward to meeting you and your families throughout the year. We wish you all continued success in achieving your goals.”

Among the benefits on offer to scholars are specialised strength and conditioning training, a dedicated medical care pathway, and financial support.

An event to celebrate this year’s scholars will be held in the Dining Hall on Thursday November 22.

Trinity Sport scholars 2018-2019

Dylan Connolly

Association football

Ronan Hanaphy

Association football

James Woods

Association football

Conall Hayes

Athletics

Sorcha McAllister

Athletics

Alison Blaney

Basketball

Sarah Kenny

Basketball

Sam Walsh

Basketball

Cameron Smith

Basketball

Aoife O’Carroll

Camogie

Sanil Gupta

Cricket

Max Neville

Cricket

Lorcan Tucker

Cricket

Anna Lee

Fencing

Aoife Gorman

Gaelic football

James Guinness

Gaelic football

Sean Hawkshaw

Gaelic football

Brian Magee

Gaelic football

Rachel Burns

Hockey

Isabelle Delamer

Hockey

Erica Markey

Hockey

Luke Corcoran

Hurling

Cian O’Sullivan

Hurling

Zélie Gallagher

Netball

Ailbhe Kelly

Paralympic swimming

Aoife Corcoran

Rowing

Turlough Hughes

Rowing

Ryan Baird

Rugby

Jack Dunne

Rugby

Linda Djougang

Rugby

Jack Kelly

Rugby

Michael Silvester

Rugby

Sean Donnelly

Sailing

Aisling Keller

Sailing

Tamaki Marumo

Squash

Colm Hogan (rugby)

Trevor West

Ciara Mahon (handball)

Trevor West

Club Academy scholars 2018-2019

Simone Hobdy

Basketball

Rachel Huijsdens

Basketball

Rebecca Rabeiro

Basketball

Sorcha Tiernan

Basketball

Jody Booth

Rugby

Rory Clarke

Rugby

Thomas Clarkson

Rugby

George Downey

Rugby

Daryl Egan

Rugby

Luis Faria

Rugby

James  Fennelly

Rugby

Arthur Greene

Rugby

James Hickey

Rugby

Max Kearney

Rugby

Tomas Killeen

Rugby

Conor Lowndes

Rugby

Matthew Martin

Rugby

Michael McGagh

Rugby

Johnny McKeown

Rugby

Roghan McMahon

Rugby

Patrick Nulty

Rugby

Paddy Opperman

Rugby

Louis O'Reilly

Rugby

Rowan Osborne

Rugby

Reuben Pim

Rugby

Ronan Quinn

Rugby

Anthony Ryan

Rugby

Liam Turner

Rugby

Hugh Twomey

Rugby

Bart Vermeulen

Rugby

Main photo (L-R): Turlough Hughes (rowing), Anna Lee (fencing), Linda Djougang (rugby), Ronan Hanaphy (association football), Erica Markey (hockey) and Brian Magee (Gaelic football)