Trinity Sport announces 64 new scholars

Posted on: 27 October 2017

Trinity Sport, in association with Bank of Ireland, have just unveiled their 68 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 the current 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 Dublin.
  • 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
George Dockrell Cricket
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 (L-R): Michael Silvester, Conal Hayes, Aisling Maher, Rachel Burns, Isabelle Delermer, Aoife Hopkins, Cian O’Sullivan, Jack Dunne

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