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Celebration of scholars 'who make it look easy'

Published: 23rd November 2018

Trinity Sport last night officially unveiled its sports scholars for the 2018-2019 season, at an event for family and friends in the Dining Hall. This year’s awardees, comprising 35 Trinity Sport scholars and 30 Club Academy scholars, will represent Trinity in sports ranging from athletics to sailing, association football to squash.

Special guests on the night included former Ireland and England cricketer Ed Joyce, who was announced as the latest Trinity Sport ambassador. He joins rugby player Ailis Egan, hockey player Ronan Gormley and Olympic rower Sinead Jennings.

Former Republic of Ireland soccer player Kevin Kilbane was another special guest and both former internationals were quizzed on their careers in a Q&A hosted by DUCAC Vice Chair Jamil Saidi.

Head of Sport Michelle Tanner commented on how far the scholarship programme, now it its 26th year, has come. “Our athletes often make it look easy but it’s important to recognise the effort that goes into producing a great performance. Our role in Trinity Sport is to make that journey a little bit easier.”

The sports scholarships are delivered in association with Bank of Ireland and Head of Bank of Ireland, Dublin City, Sean L’Estrange was present at the event. He said he was honoured to be among such dedicated sports people.

As a coach and former player himself he’s seen first-hand the benefits sport brings. “It teaches us resilience, life-long skills, gives us life-long friendships. Sport is a vital part of life – it teaches us about losing, about being graceful in victory and teaches us what hard work is all about.”

Among those celebrated on the night were Ireland U21s and U23s hockey player Erica Markey and former Ireland U20s Jack Dunne, Michael Silvester and Jack Kelly. It was a double celebration for Kelly, who will earn his first cap for Leinster in the RDS tonight when they take on Ospreys.

Photo: some of this year's sports scholars with (front L-R) Michelle Tanner, Head of Sport, and Sophie O'Halloran, Bank of Ireland Trinity College Branch Manager