London 2012-Trinity Profiles
Natalya Coyle (Modern Pentathlon)
Natalya hails from Co. Meath and is a leading light of student sport in Trinity College Dublin. Her qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games in London was confirmed after the last World Cup event in China at the end of May. In qualifying, Natalya became the 54th Irish athlete to reach the Olympic standard and will be one of the youngest athletes on the start-line come 12th August. Coyle was quoted as saying "I guess in terms of the bigger picture, I'm heading to London to gain experience for the next Olympics cycle and hope that I'll be able to make my mark in Rio 2016".
The rigors and demands of competing at such a high level in 5 sports, alongside the academic commitments of studying for a degree, cannot be understated. In this regard, Trinity has facilitated Natalya’s sporting aspirations, alongside her pursuit of academic excellence, by offering flexibility in study requirements during her Senior Freshman Year.
Her immense sporting abilities are reflected in her current World Senior Ranking of 36th. She has dominated at Irish Intervarsity level and she has represented Ireland at numerous European and World events.
Mark is a source of great pride for Trinity College Dublin, becoming its first London 2012 Olympic qualifier. He achieved the Marathon qualifying time in Amsterdam in October 2011 having previously represented Ireland at European and World Cross Country Championships. Mark has represented Trinity College Dublin with great distinction over the years and his outstanding academic and sporting abilities were recognised through Sports Scholarships in 2002 and 2003. Mark started his athletics career with Raheny Shamrock AC and is now a member of Clonliffe Harriers AC. He has successfully balanced his pursuit of excellence in both sport and scholarship while studying initially for a BSc in Physiotherapy and currently as a PhD student in Physiology. He is the reigning National Senior 10,000 Champion and was awarded the Athletics Ireland Cross-Country Athlete of the Year in 2010.
“This is a huge honour for me to be given this opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame in my own home town. Having qualified for the Olympics it is an extra special year for me participating in the Olympic Torch Relay,” said Trinity student, Mark Kenneally.