20 May 2020
The Bank of Ireland UCD Athletic Union Council (AUC) Sports Awards were announced tonight on the UCD Sport social media platforms. Given the current Covid 19 restrictions it was not possible to hold the usual gala dinner. However, the AUC decided that it was important to say thank you and recognise the 340 UCD sports men and women from 21 clubs, who through their achievements, have brought prestige and honour to their clubs and to the University this year.
The full list of sports achievements is outlined in the event booklet available from the UCD Sport website. Given the early curtailment of activities due to the pandemic, the diversity and scale of success this year is to be especially commended.
A number of special awards were announced. They included:
Ireland and UCD Ladies Hockey player Lena Tice was named as the “Dr. Tony O’Neill Sportsperson of the Year”.
The Men’s Boat Club Senior 8+ National Championship winning squad was named the “Elite Team of the Year”. The club was also named “Elite Club of the Year” following their successes last year in numerous events at the University and National Championships.
In terms of other award winners, the Camogie team was named the “Varsity Team of the Year” following their Purcell Cup victory. The Sailing Club was named the “Varsity Club of the Year”.
The “David O’Connor Memorial Medal” was presented to Paralympic rower Katie O’Brien and the “Dr. Padraic Conway Memorial Medal” was presented to the Camogie Club’s Jack Dunphy.
“The Gerry Horkan Club Administrator of the Year” was presented to Callum Terry of the Karate Club.
The Ladies Basketball Club President Emma Jane Dunne was the recipient of the “Bank of Ireland Graduate of the Year”. The Trampoline Club received the “Bank of Ireland Club Inclusion Award” and the Men’s & Women’s Rugby Club won the “Bank of Ireland Event of the Year Award” for their organisation of Daffodil Day 2020.
Commenting on the sporting achievements the AUC President, Prof. Joe Carthy, said that “Sport is an integral part of 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.
It is important also to give credit to our clubs and particularly the committees of each club who have administered to the needs of their members throughout the year. The continued efforts of clubs to engage with members and support them during the Covid-19 closure is also to be commended and demonstrates the true spirit of collegiality”.
The Dr. Padraic Conway Medal is presented to commemorate the memory of the late Padraic Conway – UCD Vice President for Alumni Relations - who sadly passed away in October 2012. Padraic was a very energetic and dynamic contributor to life at UCD and had a huge passion for sport, particularly GAA and all that it brought to the holistic student experience at UCD.
The David O’Connor Memorial medal commemorates David O’Connor, a 1994 Veterinary Medicine graduate, who died suddenly after football training within a year of qualifying as a Vet.