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Trinity Sport announces new scholars for 2017-2018

Published: 27th October 2017

Trinity Sport, in association with Bank of Ireland, have just unveiled their 63 sports scholars for 2017-2018. Among the line-up is a world champion, several inter-county players and a pair of Olympic 2020 hopefuls.

Included on the high-performance pathway are:

  • Aoife Hopkins (sailing) – Aoife is currently the U21 European ladies radial champion and looks on track to qualify for the next Olympics.
  • Cian O’Sullivan (hurling), Fionn O’Riain Broin (hurling), and Aisling Maher (camogie) – all three are inter-county players for Dubliln. Aisling was also announced recently as a camogie All Star.
  • Ellen Ince (taekwondo) – Ellen is both a world and European champion.
  • Lorcan Tucker (cricket) – Lorcan is a previous junior player of the year for Cricket Ireland and was the highest run scorer for Ireland at the U19 World Cup.
  • Four Ireland U20 (rugby) players – Jack Kelly, Michael Silvester, Max Kearney and Jack Dunne, who is also a Naughton scholar.

Twenty-six of Trinity’s other rugby players were also recognised for their outstanding performances.

Matthew Dossett, Deputy Head of Sport and Recreation, commented: “With a significant number of applications received, the task of selecting the final Trinity Sport scholars for 2017/18 was a very challenging process, and on behalf of Trinity Sport, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to apply. This has been the highest level of interest the programme has ever received, and underlines the further enhancements made to the services, support, expertise, and facilities, which are tailored to those on a high performance pathway. In particular, the introduction of the new Sports Performance Development Officer post, and other vital support staff, is fundamental to our ability to attract and support athletes of the highest standard.

“We are delighted to be able to support such a wide and diverse range of individual and team sports, and at the same time continue to add strength to the focus sport teams competing at the highest levels. The partnership with the Bank of Ireland is central to the delivery of the scholarships, and I’d like to extend our thanks to them and their superb team for their continued support. 

“We once again have a great range of new scholars coming on board to work with us this year, along with a strong selection of returning athletes. There is some very exciting talent and potential throughout, and I am looking forward to seeing all those involved develop as individuals, students, and committed athletes over the coming months.”

Specialised strength and conditioning training, a dedicated medical care pathway, and financial support are just some of the benefits on offer to student athletes on the sports scholarship programme. Also, an event to celebrate this year’s scholars will be held in the Public Theatre (Exam Hall) on Monday November 27.

Full list of Trinity Sport scholars 2017-2018


James Woods

Association Football

Conal Hayes

Athletics

Prakash Vijayanath

Badminton

Aoife O'Halloran

Basketball

Luke Rock

Basketball

Sarah Kenny

Basketball

Aisling Maher

Camogie

Laura Stack

Camogie

Sarah Creagh

Camogie

Lorcan Tucker

Cricket

Philip Cripwell

Fencing

James Guinness

Gaelic football

Nathan Doran

Gaelic football

Paul Lambert

Gaelic football

Ciara Mahon

Handball

Ailish Long

Hockey

Ellie Noone

Hockey

Erica Markey

Hockey

Isabelle Delermer

Hockey

Jenny Long

Hockey

Rachel Burns

Hockey

Rachel O'Brien

Hockey

Rory Nichols

Hockey

Cian O'Sullivan

Hurling

Fionn O'Riain Broin

Hurling

Cade Ryan

Kayak

Aoife O'Sullivan

Powerlifting

Billy O'Hora

Rugby

Cian O'Dwyer

Rugby

Dan Joyce

Rugby

Dan Power

Rugby

Darragh Higgins

Rugby

Daryl Egan

Rugby

Dave St Ledger

Rugby

Fiachra Keane

Rugby

Fintan Murphy

Rugby

Hugh Twomey

Rugby

Jack Dunne

Rugby

Jack Kelly

Rugby

Jack McDermott

Rugby

James Fennelly

Rugby

James Hickey

Rugby

James Moriarty

Rugby

Joe Horan

Rugby

Jonathan McKeon

Rugby

Max Kearney

Rugby

Michael Courtney

Rugby

Michael Silvester

Rugby

Niall O'Riordan

Rugby

Patrick Nulty

Rugby

Reuben Pim

Rugby

Roghan McMahon

Rugby

Rory Clarke

Rugby

Rowan Osborne

Rugby

Sam Pim

Rugby

Seb Fromm

Rugby

Tommy Whittle

Rugby

Aoife Hopkins

Sailing

Aisling Keller

Sailing

Sean Donnelly

Sailing

Tamaki Marumo

Squash

Ellen Ince

Taekwondo

Amy Bowtell

Tennis

Main photo above (L-R): Michael Silvester, Conal Hayes, Aisling Maher, Rachel Burns, Isabelle Delermer, Aoife Hopkins, Cian O’Sullivan, Jack Dunne