UCD Canoe Club host and win Kayaking Intervarsities 2018!

22 Feb 2018

The UCD Canoe Club has just come off the back of hosting a fantastic varsity weekend. Months and months of hard work, preparation and training all paid off with the success of the event itself but the Club went on to claim the Varsity title at the weekend.

The event ran from the 16th to the 18th February 2018 and the Kayaking Intervarsities is known as the highlight and the biggest national event in the kayaking and canoeing calendar, with 16 colleges participating and battling it out to win the prestigious competition.

This year saw one of the biggest participation of not only UCDCC members but in the overall competition in quite a number of years, standing testament to the commitment to continue to bring the club and the sport from strength to strength.

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In the individual categories, UCD’s Simon Grennell won the Colm Johnston Trophy for Best Male Competitor On and Off the Water.

UCD’s Jayne Stephens won the Niamh Tompkins Trophy for Best Female Competitor On and Off the Water.

The events were hosted in a number of locations around the Greater Dublin Area.

The Whitewater took place in Trooperstown, Co. Wicklow. UCDCC finished 4th overall and the whitewater team consisted of: Simon Grennell, Jayne Stephens, Greg Healy and John Enright.

The Freestyle was in a well-known area to us at the UCD Boat Club, Chapelizod, Co. Dublin. UCD finish 5th overall and the team was made up of Ailbhe Tuohy 2nd place, Simon Grennell 11th place, Mark Hoare 13th place and Shanley Shaw 10th place.

The Slalom was in Sluice, Lucan, Co. Dublin and UCD finished top of the table in 1st place!The Slalom team consisted of Rob Hendrick, Simon Grennell, Greg Healy, Ailbhe Tuohy, Jayne Stephens and Mark Hoare 

Long Distance took place in Salmon Leap,Leixlip, Co. Dublin with UCD finishing 2nd courtesy of Simon Grennell 3rd place and Jack O'Hagan 2nd place. 


The Polo was in Kilcock, Co. Kildare and UCDCC  finished in 4th place. The Polo team consisted of: Greg Healy, Cian Goodrich, Ailbhe Tuohy Simon Grennell, Mark Hoare, Emma Baker, John Finn, Darren Redmond, Jonathan O'Brien.

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Men's HP:

Rob Hendricks 1st place

Jason Chiang 2nd place

Women's HP: Jayne Stephens 2nd place

Sea Kayaks Womens: Jacqui Mernagh 6th place 

Sea Kayaks Mens: Mark Hoare 6th place

Canadian category:

Shanley Shaw and Jack Van Lang 4th place
Ailbhe O’Halloran and Ailbhe Cunningham 9th place

Duo Kayak: John Enright and Cahal Murphy: 5th place

GP Men's:

Greg Healy 4th place

Cian Brannigan 15th place

Jonathan O'Brien, John Finn, Cathal Gillen, Conor Seery, Luke Fitzpatrick

GP Women's:

Ailbhe Tuohy 3rd place,

Evie Moloney 13th place

Rebecca Badrick 15th place

Emma Baker

The UCD Canoe Club and indeed UCD Sport are absolutely delighted and proud of the success of the weekend; both in organising a fantastic event but in the on water achievements of the club and it’s members.

The next Kayaking Intervarsities is taking place in University of Limerick, and already the club are gearing up for 2019!