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Trinity International Student Awarded Sports Person of the Year

Posted on 7 April 2016

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One of Trinity’s international students Prakash Vijayanath has won Sports Person of the Year at this year’s Trinity Sport Awards and Commons.   Prakash, a badminton sports scholar at Trinity is currently in this third year, undertaking a degree in computer science and business.   

The Sports Awards, open to all the college’s sports clubs, are designed to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment made by the sporting community here in Trinity.  The 2016 Awards ceremony was held in the Dining Hall and featured guest of honour and athletics legend Sonia O’Sullivan who participated in a lively Q&A session after dinner.

Prakash beat off stiff competition from fellow scholars Aisling Maher (camogie) and Cade Ryan (canoe) to claim the prize.  Prakash, who is hoping to compete in the Rio Olympics this August said “I'm very honoured to receive this award from such a prestigious university and I will do my best to promote and represent Trinity to the best of my ability in the future. The night was very well organised and it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of it. I would like to thank DUCAC for all the support they have given me throughout the years, my classmates and of course, Trinity badminton club.”

Winners were announced in six different award categories, below.  In addition 21 ‘Pinks’ were presented on the night. Pinks are awarded to college athletes who compete for a university club at both inter-collegiate competitions and international levels.

The six award categories and this year’s winners are:
Club Administrator of the Year – Roisin Greening (Trampoline)
Club of the Year – DU Sub Aqua Club
Coach of the Year – Nick Dunlop (Boating)
Team of the Year – DUBC Senior 8
Sports Person of the Year – Prakash Vijayanath (Badminton)
Special Contribution to College Sport – Tony Smeeth (Rugby)