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 not only recognised the accomplishments of both DIT students and sports clubs on the sporting fields and arenas of Ireland and abroad but also the contribution of the sports clubs to enhancing the student experience at the Institute. Guest of honour for the ceremony was a lady who herself only took up the sport in College for which she is now best known, Fiona Coughlan, Captain of the Women’s Rugby Team and recent Grand Slam Winners received a standing ovation from all the sports men and women in the room.
This year 12 awards were presented from individual All-Star Awards to a Special Recognition Award. Also presented on the night were medallions to acknowledge some individual DIT students and staff members 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 GAA Club won both the Ryan Cup Division 1 League Title and Sigerson Cup to complete a historic league and championship double which hasn’t been done at this level since 1978 while the DIT Soccer Club won the All-Ireland College & University Premier League title for the first time in the clubs history.
DIT also proved its driving capabilities by winning the All-Ireland Championship League and Individual Drivers Title in Karting and the Boxing Club fought their way to win 2 Titles at the Novice and Senior IATBA Intervarsities and gain selection to represent Ireland to fight against the best boxers in the British Isles at the Harringy Cup for the first time. Tadhg O’Ferrall and Sean Hendrick were nominated for Irish Slalom Team selections, Thomas Byrne, Senior AIL Squad and DIT Rugby player was called up to represent Leinster A in the British and Irish Cup, John Smith won the Indoor Nationals Advanced Compound in Archery Intervarsity and DIT Martial Arts Clubs won a wealth of medals in Intervarsity Competitions in 2012/2013.
One of the oldest Clubs in the history of College Sport with more than 400 members, and after having one of their most successful seasons to date, the GAA Club were declared DIT Club of the Year.
Honours were also bestowed on individual students for their contribution to the promotion and development of Sport at DIT including Brian McLean from the DIT Snooker and Pool Club and Ciaran Boyle from DIT Shotokan Karate Club and the late Mikey Clancy who tragically died in January was awarded a Special Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to Sport at the Institute and for his exploits on thePWA tour during 2012. During an emotional tribute where a video presentation of Mikey in action was shown, Mikey's parents accepted the award from Fiona Coughlan.