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Trinity Sport's new scholars celebrated

Published: 28th November 2017

Governing bodies, coaches and parents assembled in the Public Theatre to celebrate this year’s sports scholars.

The programme for 2017-2018 features 63 scholars across a variety of sports including fencing, handball, hurling and hockey.

The night began with a performance by the vocal harmony group the Trinity Belles, following which the Dean of Students, Kevin O’Kelly, spoke a few words.

The Dean is well placed to offer advice to our high performing student athletes, as he himself was part of the rowing team during his time in college at Berkeley University in California.

“My old rowing coach in Berkeley said there are three things you can do in college – scholarship, sports and socialising. He suggested we pick two but I would encourage you to dip into the third every now and then,” he told an amused audience.

As keen supporters of the scholarship programme, senior members of the Bank of Ireland team were also in attendance – Heather McArdle and Sean L’Estrange. Heather, herself a keen sportswoman, spoke about how sport is a vital part of life and a useful means of developing transferable skills for after college.

“We at Bank of Ireland are proud to support Trinity Sport. Sport is an essential part of physical and psychological well-being while developing life-enriching skills. I would like to congratulate all scholars on this magnificent achievement and wish you continued success.”

The scholars were then called to the stage for a presentation. Some couldn’t be in attendance on the night, including the three camogie scholars who had a home fixture in Santry. The ceremony then concluded with a speech from Head of Sport Michelle Tanner.

Photo: Some of the sports scholars outside the Public Theatre, with (front, centre L-R) Dean of Students Kevin O'Kelly, Head of Sport Michelle Tanner, Heather McArdle and Sean L'Estrange of Bank of Ireland