Sporting stars honoured at DIT Sports Awards

Outstanding achievement honoured at DIT Annual Sports Awards

06 May 2014:             International sporting heroes and Intervarsity title holders, team players and individual sports stars from across DIT all came together for the 17th annual DIT Sports Awards ceremony held at the Gleeson Theatre in DIT Kevin Street, Dublin on May 1st.  Each year DIT recognises the outstanding contribution of individual student athletes across many diverse sporting disciplines for their achievements in sport. This year’s awards ceremony was extended to reflect not only the achievements of individual students in DIT but also to the contribution of the sports clubs to campus life and the importance of participation by all students in sport and physical activity. Guest of honour for the ceremony was David Gillick, previous Sports Scholar of DIT, twice European 400m Champion one of Ireland’s most successful sprinters of all times.

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The awards, which have been in existence since 1998, aim to recognise the accomplishments of DIT students on the sporting fields and arenas of Ireland and abroad.  This year 17 awards were presented from individual All-Star Awards to the Club of the Year Award.  Also presented on the night were medallions to acknowledge some individual DIT students for their outstanding contribution to DIT Sports throughout the year.  It has been a successful year for DIT Sport that saw a number of DIT teams and individual students securing nationally recognised titles and winning intervarsity trophies. For example, DIT won the All Ireland Fresher A Football League, were runners-up in both the Purcell Cup and the All Ireland Division 1 Camogie League and won the Ladies Irish College ‘Division 2’ Basketball League for the first time.  DIT also proved its driving capabilities by winning the All-Ireland Karting Championship League for the second consecutive year and the College set a new record in the Pole Vault when Ian Rogers won Gold at the Intervarsity Track and Field Championships.  Elite sports scholars Niall Murray and Denise Gaule won both the Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year Award and GAA All-Ireland All-Star Award respectively and two of DIT’s top martial art sports stars Sabina Mason and Joshua Caswell were both crowned bronze medalists having represented Ireland at the 2013 European Championships in their chosen sports of Taekwon-do and Wado Ryu Karate respectively.

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One of the biggest clubs in DIT with more than 300 members, and after having one of their most successful seasons to date, the Karting Club were crowned DIT Club of the Year.  Honours were also bestowed on individual students for their magnificent sporting achievements including Niall Murray from the DIT Karting Club, Kieran Bergin and Denise Gaule from the DIT GAA Club, Joshua Caswell from the DIT Karate Club, Sabina Mason from the DIT Taekwon-do Club and Paul Malone from the DIT Soccer Club.  Outstanding Contribution Medallions were presented to the 2013-14 DIT Athletic Council Members; Conor Byrne, Aislinn McCooey, Myles Redmond and Murali Rajendran; Brendan Dwyer from the DIT Taekwon-do Club; and Stephen Brandon from DIT Caving Club.

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This year’s recipients will now join DIT’s sporting hall of fame which includes an memorable list of previous award winners like David Gillick, Mark Vaughan, Eamon Zayed, Shane Horgan and Aidan O’Shea to name but a few.

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