Recognition & Awards

UCD Sport, in order to recognise the fantastic work done by committees and students every year, has a number of award mechanisms in place.

The AUC Sports Awards ceremony is held every summer to honour the sportsmen and women who bring honour and prestige to the University by their achievements on the sporting fields and arenas of Ireland and abroad. Teams or individuals winning nationally recognised titles or intervarsity trophies are honoured at the function as well as students who receive national or representative honours. This year more than 500 hundred students were honoured at the AUC Sports Awards Ceremony in May. 

The Sports Awards have been in place for almost 25 years and throughout that time we have been delighted to award some amazing athletes such as GAA star Rena Buckley, Olympians Ciara Everard and Mark English, Dublin Football star Jack McCaffrey and Irish Rugby International Josh Van Der Flier.


Sports Awards Role of Honour
YearSports Person of the YearAdministrator of the Year
2020/2021 Colm Whelan (Soccer) Shauna Fitzsimons (Boat)
2019/2020 Lena Tice (Hockey) Callum Terry (Karate)
2018/2019 Shane Mulvaney & David O'Malley (Boat) Sam Totterdell (Tennis)
2017/2018 Katie Mullan (Hockey) Tadhg O'Leary (Tag Rugby)

Paul O'Donovan (Boat)

Eddie McLoughlin (Judo)

Josh Van Der Flier (Rugby) & Jack McCaffrey (GAA)

Alice O’Callaghan (Rugby)
2014/2015 Mark English (Athletics) Not Awarded
2013/2014 Shauna O'Brien (Swimming) Darren Doherty (Karate)
2012/2013 Martin Mulkerrins (Handball) Emma McHugh (GAA)
2011/2012 Ciara Everard (Athletics) Dermot Sheridan (Boat)

David Neale and Finbar Manning (Boat)

Steven O’Reilly (Pool & Snooker)
2009/2010 Gerard Barron (Soccer)

Megan Tennant Humphreys (Hockey)

2008/2009 Lisa Jacob (Hockey) John Lancaster (Rifle)
2007/2008 Dean Cobbe (Equestrian) Jason Brooke (Boat)
2006/2007 Rena Buckley (Football & Camogie) Martin Ryan (Equestrian)
2005/2006 Deirdre Corcoran (Camogie) Jim Devlin (Snowsports & Sailing)


Check out our news article for all award winners in 2020-21.


In 2016/17 to further recognise the endeavours of our sports club committee members the UCD AUC introduced three new awards including, Graduate of the Year, Club Inclusion Award and Club Event of the Year Award. .

Along with UCD Societies and the UCD Students Union, students also have the opportunity to be nominated for a President’s Awards for Excellence in Student Activities.


I joined out of curiosity, stayed for the people, then got hooked on the sport. Four years later the Canoe Club has become a second family that I see myself continuing to be involved in for years and years to come.

Maryanne Doyle, Canoe Club

Becoming involved in a club is a great way to meet people and settle in to College life. It’s also helped to build my confidence and I have learnt how to work well with others. For me the club is a home away from home.

Emma McHugh, Ladies Gaelic Football Club