DIT has an enviable and proud track record of success in Elite Sport and its Elite Sport initiatives are designed to strengthen that reputation and support our aspiring and current elite athletes who have achieved recognition in their chosen sports at Olympic and Paralympic Games, World Championships, World University Games, European Championships and as intercounty players in all four codes of Gaelic Sports.
High level support for young talented athletes is delivered on a number of levels, the long established Athlete Support Programme, Elite Athlete Academic Entry Scheme and Fee Waiver Programme are designed to ensure that students maximise their full potential in the pursuit of both sporting and academic excellence.
Over the years we have supported many student-athletes across a wide range of sports some 26 in total - from gaelic games, rugby and soccer to boxing, rowing and sailing - as well as a wide range of academic disciplines. As long as your sport is recognised by the Irish Sports Council you are eligible to apply for a place on the athlete support programme at DIT.
Some of Ireland's Top Sporting Figures who have been supported or who are currently being supported as elite sportspeople studying at DIT include:
Ellen Keane (Irish 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medallist), Dave Kearney and Jordi Murphy (Leinster and Ireland Rugby Players), David Gillick (Twice European 400M Champion), Aidan O'Shea (Mayo Senior Footballer), Kevin McManamon and Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin Senior Footballers), Sinéad Goldrick (Dublin Senior Footballer), Denise Gaule (Kilkenny Senior Camogie Player), Darren O'Neill (Irish Olympian 2012), Kyle Good, Lee Cole, Kate Lloyd and Shirley McCoy (Irish International Hockey Players).