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Alanna Lally

800 M Track Athlete 

Physiotherapy Alumna (2019)

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Alumna in Physiotherapy, Alanna Lally writes about her experience competing at the Under 23 European Championships in the 800 Metres and participating at the 2019 World University Games in Italy.

Alanna Lally 2019 Alumna 800M Athletics (Physiotherapy)

Alexander Gillen

Table Tennis 

Engineering Scholar Alumnus (2021)

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholar in Engineering, Alexander Gillen writes about his experience training at the Chinese National Training Centre in Zheng ding over the summer of 2019.

Alexander Gillen Table Tennis (Engineering Stage 3)

Andrew Goff

Rower and 2018 U23 World Rowing Silver Medallist

Engineering Alumnus (2019)

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Alumnus in Biomedical Engineering, Andrew Goff writes about his experience competing at the Henley Regatta alongside his fellow Elite Sports Scholars in the summer of 2019.

Andrew Goff 2019 Alumnus Rowing (BE Electronic Engineering)

Ellen Curran


Biomedical Engineering Stage 4

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholar, Ellen Curran writes about her experience competing at the Under 21 European Hockey Championships in Valencia in the summer of 2019.

Ellen Curran Hockey (Biomedical Engineering Stage 4)

Ewan McMahon

Laser Sailing

Mechanical Engineering Stage 4

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholar, Ewan McMahon writes about competing at the 2019 Senior Laser World Championships in the summer of 2019.

Ewan McMahon Laser Sailing (Mechanical Engineering Stage 2)

Gavin Sheridan


Sports and Exercise Management Alumnus (2020)

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholar, Gavin Sheridan writes about his experience of being selected to represent Ireland at the World University Games in Naples in 2019, following his selection for the Mens Association Football Squad.

Gavin Sheridan Soccer (Sports and Exercise Management Stage 3)

Hannah McLoughlin


Economics and Finance Stage 4

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholar, Hannah McLoughlin writes about competing in the Under 21 European Hockey Championships for Ireland during the summer of 2019.

Hannah McLoughlin Hockey (Economics and Finance Stage 2)

Mark English

800 M Athlete and 2016 Olympic Athlete

Medicine Alumnus (2019)

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Alumnus in Medicine, Mark English writes about the warm weather training camp he went to in Portugal to prepare for the European Indoor Championships in March 2019, where he placed 3rd.

Paul O'Donovan

Rower, World Champion and Olympic Medallist 

Physiotherapy Alumnus (2017)

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Alumnus in Physiotherapy, Paul O'Donovan writes about what a day in his regular training life was like coming up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where he won silver.

Paul O'Donovan 2017 Alumnus Rowing (Physiotherapy)

Paul Reynolds


Sports and Exercise Management Stage Alumnus (2021)

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholar, Paul Reynolds writes about his experiencec of competing at the European Games in June 2019 at Minsk, Belarus. This was a multi-sport event, which is very different from the regular badminton competitions. Click on the link below to find out more!

Paul Reynolds Badminton (Sport & Exercise Management Stage 2)

Robert Hendrick

Canoe Slalom

Health and Performance Science Alumnus (2019)

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Alumnus, Robert Hendrick writes about a year in the life of a canoe slalom competing for the Irish Senior Under 23's National Canoe Slalom Team.

Robert Hendrick 2019 Alumnus Canoe Slalom Health & Performance Science

Simon Keartland


Sports Management Alumnus (2019)

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports Alumnus in Sports Management, Simon Keartland writes about his experience training in a hot weather camp for the first time in the summer of 2019.

Simon Keartland 2019 Alumnus Weightlifting (MSc Sports Management)

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