08 Jun 2022
A number of special awards were announced. They included:
Ireland and UCD Athlete Darragh McElhinney was named as the “Dr. Tony O’Neill Sportsperson of the Year”. Following his European U23 Cross Country team gold medal and individual silver medal at the event in Dublin. Darragh also recently broke John Treacy’s National U23 5,000m record.
Recognising the squads success in gaining promotion to the Premier Division of the National League and also securing the Collingwood Cup, the Soccer Club’s first squad was named the “Elite Team of the Year”.
The Ladies & Men’s Boat Clubs were named named “Elite Club of the Year” following their successes last year in numerous events at the University and National Rowing Championships.
In terms of other award winners, the Ladies Tennis team was named the “Varsity Team of the Year” following their University Championship victory for the fifth successive time. The Trampoline Club was named the “Varsity Club of the Year”.
The “David O’Connor Memorial Medal” was presented to soccer player, coach and administrator Ross Bernie and the “Dr. Padraic Conway Memorial Medal” was presented to the Gaelic Football Club’s Gary O’Rourke.
“The Gerry Horkan Club Administrator of the Year” was presented to Tim Gilsenan of the Rugby Club. Tim oversaw the Club’s highly successful Tag Rugby leagues this year.
The Ladies Boat Club coach Tom Sullivan was the recipient of the “Graduate of the Year”. Tom has been involved with the Club for over 60 years and continues to provide his coaching expertise voluntarily on a weekly to the members.
The Trampoline Club received the “Club Inclusion Award” for their initiatives to recruit, retain and integrate members into their sport. The Tennis Club won the “Event of the Year Award” for their organisation of University Championships.
Commenting on the sporting achievements the AUC President, Prof. Joe Carthy, said that:
“it is important that we take this opportunity to say thank you and well done to the UCD sports people who through their achievements have brought prestige and honour to their clubs and to the University.
I continue to be amazed at the scale and diversity of their success, especially given the varying restrictions we all faced in sport due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as recognizing individual achievements, it is important also to give credit to the clubs and particularly the committees of each club, who have administered to the needs of their members throughout the year. The efforts of the clubs and the respective committees is very much appreciated.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners this year. Well done, the AUC and the University is very proud of your achievements.”
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.