19 May 2017
At the Bank of Ireland UCD Athletic Union Council Sport Awards ceremony yesterday evening in the UCD Student Centre, over 450 students from 29 different sports clubs were honoured for their sporting achievements on behalf of the University over the last twelve months.
A number of special awards were presented on the night.
Olympic silver Medalist and World Champion Paul O’Donovan was named as the “Dr. Tony O’Neill Sportsperson of the Year”.
The Ladies Hockey first team was named the “Elite Team of the Year” following their remarkable season securing the EYHL League, the EYHL Champions Cup the Irish Senior Cup as well as the University Championships and Colours titles.
The Ladies Hockey Club was also named the “Elite Club of the Year” in recognition of the not only their competitive success but also their superb organisation off the field of play. Highlights of the year included the addition of an eighth team and the provision of coaching and umpiring courses for members.
In terms of other award winners the Ladies & Men’s Volleyball teams were named the “Varsity Team of the Year” following their University Championship success. The Trampoline Club was named the “Varsity Club of the Year”. The “David O’Connor Memorial Medal” was presented to Judo athlete Ashley Mann and the “Dr. Padraic Conway Memorial Medal” was presented to the GAA Club’s Conor O’Shea. “The Gerry Horkan Club Administrator of the Year” was presented to Eddie McLoughlin of the Judo Club.
New awards were added to this years event, kindly sponsored by Bank of Ireland, the awards recognise the contribution of graduates, the importance of inclusion and effective event management to club sport at UCD.
Boat Club coach Dr. Martin Feeley was the inaugural recipient of the “Bank of Ireland Graduate of the Year”. The Archery Club received the “Bank of Ireland Club Inclusion Award” and the Sailing Club won the “Bank of Ireland Event of the Year Award” for their hosting of the Sailing Intervarsities.
Commenting on the sporting achievements the UCD President, Prof. Andrew Deeks, said that “Sport is an integral part student life at UCD and 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”.
Dublin, 19th May 2017