Over 10,000 athletes will come together in Taipei, Taiwan for the World University Games that gets under way today.
They will compete in some 300 medal events, across 21 sports and Student Sport Ireland (SSI) has sent 64 athletes from Colleges and Universities across Ireland to represent us.
We have Men’s and Women’s teams competing in football as well as in athletics, swimming and diving.
The delegation is led by Neasa Fahy O’Donnell of the University of Limerick and she is joined by a team of 27 coaches and officials from Ireland.
“I am both privileged and excited to lead Team Ireland to the wonderful city of Taipei for the 2017 World University Games,” she said.
“These young high-performance athletes will represent their country with great honour and pride as the Games are a unique and for many a ‘once in a life time experience’.”
“This multi-sport event provides a performance sport environment akin to the Olympic Games. The dedicated work of SSI and its High-Performance Committee in conjunction with the National Governing Bodies has ensured the World University Games experience is delivered to the highest of standards for Team Ireland. Let the Games begin”.
“The number of athletes reaching the Games and the fact that there are a number of Olympians among the travelling delegation shows the calibre of athletes we have in our third level institutions,” said Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy.
“Sport Ireland is delighted to support Student Sport Ireland and I wish all the athletes, coaches, support staff and supporters the very best in Taiwan.”