It is a year where sport in an education setting remains uncertain but Trinity College Dublin has still unveiled its Sport Scholarship students for 2020/21.
Student athletes from a wide variety of sports, including rugby, basketball, GAA, rowing, athletics, hockey and cricket are featured in this year’s programme.
Among those on the high-performance pathway are Ryan Baird, Jack Dunne and Liam Turner from Leinster Rugby, Edel Thornton, the co-captain of the Irish Women’s Basketball Team, Ulster and Ireland Rugby International Kathryn Dane and three Irish Cricket international players Rebecca Stokell, Leah Paul and Rachel Delaney.
John Tanguay from the USA is on course to represent Ireland in rowing at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo while there are three Ireland U20 international is Joseph McCarthy, Luis Faria and Thomas Clarkson and two from the Irish Women’s 7’s set up Maebh Deely and Deeirbhile Nic a Bhaird.
From Basketball as well, Phoebe Sterba and Megan Swords were selected as part of the Global Graduate Sport Scholarship which is supported by Trinity Business School. This scholarship is for international students who are completing a postgraduate course at Trinity.
Niamh Kenny and Sarah Kenny are the first recipients of the inaugural Kao Lee Basketball Scholarship in partnership with Trinity Meteors. The scholarship was created in memory of Trinity alumnus Kao Lee who coached the Meteors Ladies Basketball team at Trinity and contributed to the team’s success in the 1970s.
Thomas Stevens in Rowing, Conall Hayes and Caron Ryan in Athletics receive this year’s Trevor West Scholarship. The Trevor West Scholarship is awarded to exceptional athletes who have shown outstanding contribution to sport at Trinity and engagement within their sport clubs.
“We’re delighted to announce a very strong calibre of scholars for 2020/21,” said Matthew Dossett, Deputy Head of Sport and Recreation. “With 13 sports represented and a diverse range of developing and internationally recognised athletes, this is among our strongest list of recipients yet.”
“Under the current circumstances which are hugely challenging to athletes, the ever-improving standards of the support structure available to our highest performing athletes and teams in Trinity has enabled a continued growth in applications.”
“Improving our capability to attract and support talented athletes is a key objective for Trinity Sport, and this continual process will ensure that Trinity remains a strong destination of choice for the very best student athletes domestically and internationally.”
Among the benefits on offer to scholars are specialised strength and conditioning training, a dedicated medical care pathway, lifestyle, nutritional and financial support.
An event to celebrate this year’s scholars will be held virtually on Thursday, 12th November 2020. During the event Trinity Sport ambassadors Nicole Owens, Ed Joyce and Trinity alumni Linda Djougang will be taking part in a panel discussion on the theme of ‘the emergence of sport from Covid-19’.
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