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Smells like team spirit – club captains lead the way

Published: 1st December 2016

It’s not just about making yourself look better – truly great captains really care about their team. These are the words of Trinity Sport alum Hugo MacNeill in a new video celebrating the role and achievements of the college’s club captains.

Hugo, who captained DUFC in 1981 and also went on to play for Ireland, is one of six participants in the video, along with Jane Williams (founding member of DULBC), Sean Healy (former fencing captain), Aisling Anderson (ladies boxing captain), Bryan Mallon (GAA chairman) and Niamh Byrne (women’s rugby captain).

A common theme of the video is the strong friendships formed through university sport, which carry through to the rest of your life.

The video was launched at a special captains’ event in the Gibson Hotel, which was also attended by Bank of Ireland’s Brian Wickham and Heather McArdle, who delivered some sports anecdotes of her own from her Gaelic football playing days.

Fittingly for the event, MC for the evening was current fencing captain James Bryant. He pointed out that perhaps the toughest part of being a club captain is cyclical nature of the role – there is such a short window of opportunity in which to prove yourself.

Head of Sport and Recreation Michelle Tanner spoke about the high regard in which the position of captain is held within the college. Drawing from the book ‘The Bold Collegians’ by former DUCAC Chair Trevor West, Michelle told the assembled captains: “You have the ability to create a movement and network which supports your Trinity experience and allows your sport and you to flourish.”

Michelle further commented: “All of us here in Trinity Sport want to ensure that you are afforded with the opportunities to do your very best, to ensure that you have the right support, advice and environment in which to flourish as a leader in your sport. You are not on your own, you are part of the Trinity Sport family and it is our job to help you achieve success. I am very much looking forward to the outcomes of your input to your clubs throughout this year.”