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Trinity Sport celebrates its new scholars

Published: 20th January 2017

As Trinity Sport faces into the first anniversary since its strategy for sport launch, the recent scholarship event in the Dining Hall was a good benchmark in how far we’ve come already.

Fifty-eight of the 68 scholars were present on the night, representing a diverse range of sports from basketball to triathlon, handball to hockey. Performance is a key area in the strategy and this year’s revamped scholarship programme is a reflection of this.

With Trinity Sport behind them and a dedicated high-performance pathway in front of them, there will be no stopping our new scholars as they represent the college at provincial, national and international level!

Speaking in advance of the event, Deputy Head of Sport Matthew Dossett commented: “The pillars of support around any athlete are vital, even more so in a university setting where there are additional skills required and pressures to be managed. The revised scholarship scheme ensures we are able to provide this enhanced environment to our student athletes, and also to complement what’s already being provided by governing body talent programmes and elite pathways.”

In the Dining Hall the assembled scholars, along with their friends and family, heard from Heather McArdle, of sponsors Bank of Ireland, tell how sport is a vital part of life and the community. More importantly, perhaps, it allows you to develop so many skills that will transfer directly into your chosen career.

Guest speaker Dr Moira O’Brien, founder and president of the Irish Sports Medicine Association and former Chief Medical Officer to the Irish Olympic team (Moscow, LA and Seoul games), imparted some practical tips and information to the student athletes.

She highlighted the importance of keeping a log to ensure their training is consistent and also to help them better manage the demands of sport and student life.

After the initial welcome addresses, all of the scholars were welcomed on stage by Head of Sport Michelle Tanner and Heather McArdle to collect a personalised jersey.

Main picture: Trinity Sport's scholars 2016/2017 with Bank of Ireland's Heather McArdle and Head of Sport Michelle Tanner