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Trinity Sport Clubs Honoured at Virtual Sport Awards

Nine sports awards and the Pinks Ceremony were announced during the online event

Published: Dec 10th, 2020

The 7th Annual Trinity Sport Awards 2020 took place online on Wednesday, 9th December, nine sports awards and the Pinks ceremony were announced during the zoom webinar. The annual Trinity Sport Awards recognise the outstanding performances from Trinity Sport clubs and athletes. Despite the season being cut short and severely disrupted, there has been no shortage of standout sporting moments throughout the 2019 / 2020 season which were celebrated last night.

Reflecting on the year, Michelle Tanner, Head of Sport and Recreation at Trinity College Dublin commented during the awards, “It has been an extraordinary year for many and tonight, we are honoured to be able to celebrate the extraordinary people involved in Trinity Sport, and the commitment and achievements of our sports clubs. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate every student athlete, administrator, volunteer, coach, team and club nominated this evening for a Trinity Sport Award 2019 / 20. I would also like to thank and commend the committees of each club for the huge effort made during the pandemic closure to keep your members active and engaged. I would also like to thank our sporting colleagues and friends throughout the University, who continue to support our student sporting endeavours. I believe even more now than ever; we all appreciate the true values that sport offers our community.”

The highly coveted Sport Person of the Year Award went to Ireland and Trinity Meteors Basketball player, Edel Thornton. Edel is key player for Trinity Basketball club and Trinity Meteors, she was awarded the Basketball Ireland Division One ‘Player of the Year’ Award following her teams’ promotion to the Super League earlier this year. Edel brings a wealth of experience, exceptional basketball skills and an ever-positive attitude to every training session and game.

The full list of winners are as follows:

    • Club of the Year – Trinity Basketball

    • Team of the Year – Trinity Camogie Team

    • Sport Person of the Year – Edel Thornton Basketball

    • Performance of the Year – Laura Stack (Camogie) – Fr. Meaghair Cup Final

    • Club administrator of the Year – Mark Escoto from Trinity Volleyball club

    • Coach of the Year – Maria Jimenez from Trinity Volleyball club

    • Social media campaign of the Year – Trinity Barbell

    • Alum of the Year – Manus Darby – Trinity Basketball

    • Volunteer of the Year – Simran Saini Trinity Volleyball Club

In addition to the Sport Awards, five University Pinks were announced on the night including Robbie Kearns from Trinity Equestrian Club, Diarmuid McGowan from Trinity Sub Aqua, Manon Nouvian from Trinity Fencing, Conall Hayes Dublin University Harriers and Athletics Club and Muireann McGinley from Dublin University Harriers and Athletics Club. Distributed annually since 1950, the Pinks are bestowed by Dublin University Central Athletic Club (DUCAC) to student athletes who have shown outstanding individual merit – in much the same vein as a ‘Blue’ is allocated in Oxford and Cambridge. Over 1,220 students have received the prestigious accolade since its inception.

Dr. Catherine McCabe, Dean of Students, Trinity College Dublin added on the night: “I would like to congratulate this year’s nominees and winners of the Trinity Sport Awards 2019 / 2020. Trinity College Dublin recognises that involvement in sport and recreational activity is an integral part of the academic experience and can contribute immensely to an individual’s personal growth and development beyond the academic realms.”