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'Pinks' awarded to 18 student athletes

Published: April 30th 2018

This year’s Pinks, awarded annually by DUCAC to student athletes who have shown outstanding individual merit, have just been announced.

One of those to make the list is Kate Doherty, a member of Dublin University Harriers and Athletic Club (DUHAC), or Harriers for short.

In a year that was littered with medals, personal bests and Trinity College records, Kate is delighted that her achievements in track and field have been recognised with this award.

“It means a lot to me to reach the level needed to receive Pinks. It feels really good to know that my hard work has paid off. My sporting highlight this year was the IUAA Universities.”

At that event, Kate managed to take a second off her personal best in the 100m hurdles, setting a Trinity record and clinching bronze in the process, while also winning the pentathlon. She credits this achievement to the strong support network around her.

“The gym training in Trinity with Brian Slater (strength and conditioning coach) has greatly improved my strength and speed. Harriers and my own club, Dundrum South Dublin, have played a huge role. A past Harriers athlete, Laura Frey, has really influenced my athletics and I hope to follow in her footsteps.”

Also receiving a Pink this year is Brian Hearns, for his representation of Dublin University Trampoline Club.

Speaking about the achievement Brian commented: “This award has special meaning to me as an American here. It acknowledges the commitment I have put in, as something of an outsider and despite having no trampoline experience before starting college.

“The club has provided me several opportunities to grow and push myself. The structure, committee and coaches in the club have been invaluable in my progression as both a trampolinist and a coach.”

Camille Boelt Hindsgaul received a Pink for fencing and she also highlights the importance of a solid club structure enabling athletes to reach their peak.

“Colm Flynn, our fantastic coach, has always been extremely helpful and insightful. I have always received a type of coaching and encouragement that suits my skill set, fencing style and personality. I’m very grateful for that and I don’t believe I could have achieved Pinks without it.”

Pinks have been awarded to 18 athletes across 11 different sports. This year’s recipients are: Clíona Murphy (Athletics), Kate Doherty (Athletics), Sarah Fitzpatrick (Athletics), Aisling Maher (Camogie), George Ponsonby (Climbing), Lorcan Tucker (Cricket), Camille Boelt Hindsgaul (Fencing), Tadhg Garton (Fencing), Cade Ryan (Kayak), Caoimhe Dempsey (Ladies Boat), Lauren McHugh (Ladies Boat), Siobhán Scarlett (Rifle), Brian Hearns (Trampoline), Seb Fromm (Rugby), Daniel Joyce (Rugby), Samuel Pim (Rugby), Brian Slater (Rugby) and Tamaki Marumo (Squash).

A presentation to the winners takes place at the annual Sports Awards, taking place this year on May 22nd in Clontarf Castle. The male athletes will receive pink ties while the female athletes will be presented with pink scarves.

Photo: Pinks recipients Brian Hearns and Kate Doherty