Trinity College Dublin, in association with Bank of Ireland, this week unveiled their Trinity Sport and Club Academy scholars for 2018-2019.
Student athletes from a wide variety of sports, including fencing, Paralympic swimming and cricket are featured in this year’s programme.
There are four Leinster and Ireland U20 Rugby Players on this year’s list of recipients. Jack Kelly, Jack Dunne, Michael Silvester and Ryan Baird are also joined by Leinster’s Linda Djougang.
Fencer Anna Lee, who was selected to represent Ireland at both the European and World Championships at U20 earlier this year is also on the programme along with Paralympic swimmer Ailbhe Kelly, currently ranked 5th in the world in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke S8 class.
“We’re delighted to announce a very strong calibre of scholars for 2018/19,” said Matthew Dossett, Deputy Head of Sport and Recreation.
“With 15 sports represented and a diverse range of developing and internationally recognised athletes, this is among our strongest list of recipients yet.”
“As with last year, the ever-improving standards of the support structure available to our highest performing athletes and teams in Trinity has resulted in a significant increase in scholarship applications.”
“Improving our capability to attract and support talented athletes is a key objective within the strategy for sport, and this continual process will ensure that Trinity remains a strong destination of choice for the very best student athletes domestically and internationally.”
“I would like to extend sincere thanks to our partners Bank of Ireland. Without their continued support we would not have reached the standard of programme now in place or be able to award as many scholarships as we currently do.”
“Sport teaches us great life lessons such as learning perseverance, turning failures into gains and that hard work does yield results,” added Sophie O’Halloran from Bank of Ireland speaking to the students.
“Your dedication to your chosen sports is greatly admirable. Bank of Ireland are delighted to support your journey here on campus and we look forward to meeting you and your families throughout the year. We wish you all continued success in achieving your goals.”
Among the benefits on offer to scholars are specialised strength and conditioning training, a dedicated medical care pathway, and financial support.
An event to celebrate this year’s scholars will be held in the university’s Dining Hall on Thursday, November 22.