Trinity College Dublin, in association with Bank of Ireland, has unveiled its sports scholars for 2018-2019. This year’s awardees, comprising 35 Trinity Sport scholars and 30 Club Academy scholars, will represent the college in sports ranging from athletics to sailing and association football to squash.
The announcements were made at a very special event last week in the Dining Room of Trinity where a number of Trinity Sport ambassadors were also unveiled.
These include former Ireland and England cricketer Ed Joyce, rugby player Ailis Egan, hockey player Ronan Gormley and Olympic rower Sinead Jennings who were announced in the role earlier this year.
Former Republic of Ireland soccer player turned media presenter Kevin Kilbane was also there on the night.
Bank of Ireland’s Sean L’Estragne, Head of Bank of Ireland for Dublin City, spoke at the event.As a coach and former player himself, he commented on how he’s seen, first-hand, the benefits sport brings.
“Sport teaches us resilience, life-long skills, gives us life-long friendships,” said Head of Bank of Ireland for Dublin City Sean L’Estrange.
“Sport is a vital part of life – it teaches us about losing, about being graceful in victory and teaches us what hard work is all about.”
“Our athletes often make it look easy but it’s important to recognise the effort that goes into producing a great performance,” added Trinity Head of Sport Michelle Tanner.
“Our role in Trinity Sport is to make that journey a little bit easier.”
This year’s Trinity Sport scholars include four Ireland U20 and Leinster rugby players – Jack Kelly, Jack Dunne, Michael Silvester and Ryan Baird as well as tighthead prop and Leinster rugby player Linda Djougang; Fencer Anna Lee, who was selected to represent Ireland at both the European and World Championships at U20 earlier this year.; Ireland U21 and U23 hockey player Erica Markey; Rower Aoife Corcoran who was part of the senior 8 that won Colours and Trinity Regatta in 2018. Fellow rower Turlough Hughes, who won Irish University Championships in senior 8 this year; and Paralympic swimmer Ailbhe Kelly, currently ranked 5th in the world in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke S8 class.