More than 90 students recognized for their athletic excellence at UCC


A total of 95 student athletes from Cork and beyond have been awarded sports scholarships by University College Cork this week.

Recipients include representatives from a variety of sports, including athletics, basketball, boxing, GAA, canoeing, golf, gymnastics, rowing, swimming and table tennis.

The university today announced the 75 athletes selected for the 21/22 UCC Athletic Scholarship Program following a detailed assessment of students’ athletic backgrounds and development potential.

Twenty other students have been recognized through UCC’s athletic performance and development programs.

The students come from 14 different counties and include Olympian Meg Ryan, All-Ireland winner Mark Kehoe, FAI Cup winner Christina Dring and Irish U20 rugby player Jack Kelleher.

A total of 37 students from Co Cork were selected.

Pictured at today’s launch, Elva Kerr, UCC President, Professor John O’Halloran, Mark Kehoe, Rob Hedderman, Jeff Gomez UCC High Performance Manager, Jack O’Sullivan, Meg Ryan, Morgan Buckley Head of UCC Sport & Physical Activity, KellyAnn Hogan, and Christine O Donovan, UCC Deputy Director of Sport & Physical Activity.

In addition to financial support, athletes will benefit from the support provided by the university’s club coaches and staff specializing in sports science, conditioning, nutrition, sports medicine, sports physiology and training staff. sports analysis.

“Our UCC Athletic Scholarship program is a very important part of recognizing and celebrating the success of our athletes,” said Morgan Buckley, UCC Sport and Physical Activity Manager.

“We have international-level athletes to players who represent UCC nationally.

“It is a key element to support the performance of our teams, but also a key element to recognize and support these athletes so that they reach their full potential while continuing their studies.

Speaking at the announcement earlier today, Rob Hedderman, scholarship recipient and UCC rugby player, said: “The scholarship is recognition for the hard work and dedication I have deployed over the past two years. It gives me extra help to make sure I can get the most out of my performance for UCC.

“It’s not just the two hours of training you’re going to do with the team every week. These are the extra gym sessions and the extra nutrition.

“It’s having people like Jeff Gomez, UCC’s athletic high performance manager, also helping you get the most out of your on-court performance.”

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