DIT celebrates its elite student-athletes

Posted: 10 December, 2014

53 elite student-athletes at DIT presented with awards at athlete support programme presentation dinner


Elite Student Athlete Darren O'Neill (Boxing) pictured with Sinéad McNulty Head of Sport and Dr. Noel O'Connor, Director of Student Services

DIT celebrated its elite student athletes recently when 53 new student athletes were honoured and formally awarded a place on the Institute’s 2014-15 Athlete Support Programme. The students represent a wide range of sports - from gaelic games, rugby and soccer to archery, cricket and motorsport – as well as a wide range of academic disciplines. The successful elite athletes included seven students who were each awarded a postgraduate fee waiver.


Elite Student Athlete Sinéad O'Connor (Athletics) pictured with  Darren O'Neill Olympian and Dr. Noel O'Connor, Director of Student Services

Presenting the awards, Dr. Noel O’Connor, commended DIT’s Athlete Support Programme and endorsed DIT’s commitment to the participation, promotion and improvement of sport at all levels across the Institute.  Speaking about the programme Sinéad McNulty, Head of Sport said “ The athlete support programme at DIT is aims to assist in the personal and professional development of our student-athletes. We work with these athletes to be the best that they can be. Each and every year we bring new elements into the programme to make life better for students and to help our athletes to raise the bar, strive for glory, and develop themselves as individuals and citizens”.


Elite Student Athlete Jack Guiney (Wexford Senior Hurler) pictured with  Darren O'Neill Olympian and Dr. Noel O'Connor, Director of Student Services

One of the elite athletes formally awarded with a postgraduate fee waiver and guest speaker at the dinner was Darren O’Neill, Captain of the Irish Olympic Boxing Team at London 2012. Other elite student athletes who were in attendance on the night and presented with an award include Katie O’Dywer, camogie; Jack Guiney, hurling; Caroline Flynn basketball; and Jack Balbirnie, cricket.

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