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Oarsmen named 'UCD Sportspersons of the Year' for golden win at World Championships

Posted 21st May, 2019

Talented rowers Shane Mulvaney and David O’Malley have been named ‘Sportspersons of the Year’ at the 2019 UCD Sport Awards.

The pair made a big splash at the World U23 Rowing Championships in July winning gold in the men’s 2000m lightweight pair.

The oarsmen, who study chemistry and medicine respectively, are the first ever Irish team to win gold at the championships.

Over 380 students from 21 different sports clubs were honoured at the Bank of Ireland UCD Athletic Union Council Sports Awards for their achievement over the last twelve months.

Speaking at the ceremony UCD President Professor Andrew J Deeks said sport was an integral part of student life at UCD.

“[The] fact that we have so many students from so many clubs who are not only triumphant at Intervarsity level, but many others taking on the cream of competition nationally and internationally, underlines the quality of our sportsmen and women."

Alongside Shane and David being named as the ‘Dr Tony O’Neill Sportsperson of the Year’,  a number of other special awards were presented to several UCD clubs and sportspersons.

For a second year in a row, the Ladies Hockey Club was named the ‘Elite Club of the Year’ in recognition of their success on and off the field.

The squad retained their status as all-Ireland Intervarsity hockey champions after they took the Chilean Cup title for the fourth consecutive year.

The Men’s Airtricity League Premier Division team were named the ‘Elite Team of the Year’ following their promotion from the First Division.

Other award winners included the UCD Karate Club, named the ‘Varsity Club of the Year’ and the Ladies Tennis team, who received the ‘Varsity Team of the Year’ award following their university championship victory for the fourth year in a row.

The ‘David O’Connor Memorial Medal’ was presented to hurler Paul Crummey and the ‘Dr Padraic Conway Memorial Medal’ was presented to the GAA club member Sean Brennan.

Sam Totterdell of the UCD Tennis Club was presented with the ‘The Gerry Horkan Club Administrator of the Year’, while Men’s Boat Club’s senior treasurer and coach Niall Farrell was the recipient of the ‘Bank of Ireland Graduate of the Year’ award.

The UCD Mountaineering Club received the ‘Bank of Ireland Club Inclusion Award’, and the UCD Volleyball Club were awarded ‘Event of the Year’ for hosting the 2018 Irish Volleyball Intervarsities and 2019 club Blitz.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations