Kilkenny students honoured in WIT sports scholarships

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Kilkenny Advertiser, February 10, 2012.

Kilkenny students Kieran Joyce, Michelle Quilty, and Colm Dowling were among those awarded Gold Level sports scholarships at the WIT Awards Ceremony last week.

Kilkenny students also won Silver Level sports scholarships with Denise Gaule and Luke Harney getting awards.

The Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) sports scholarship scheme endowed 54 students altogether. This year marked the 11th year of the awards and, together with the 11 students remaining on the scheme since last year, there are now 65 students in total – representing some of the best young sporting talent in the country.

“The level of achievement enjoyed by all our recipients - from national and international champions in a variety of individual sports to some of the very best young GAA, soccer, basketball and rugby players in the country - is a credit to our students and their families,” said WIT registrar Dr Derek O’ Byrne.

“The major theme of the scheme is not only to improve WIT students’ sporting ability, but to ensure that they all achieve their academic goals while studying here. Sport plays a hugely valuable role in the institute but it is very important for students to achieve the right balance between sporting performance and academic achievements.”

WIT chairman, Dr Donie Ormonde, was also present to support the event and guest of honour on the night was former Munster and Irish rugby legend Alan Quinlan, who delivered an inspiring keynote speech to the award recipients and their friends and family at the ceremony.

Three different categories of sports scholarships were awarded on the evening.

Gold Level winners were Michelle Quilty (camogie), Kieran Joyce (hurling), and Colm Dowling (swimming).

Silver Level winners include Denise Gaule (camogie) and Luke Harney (hurling).

In the Bronze category were Shelly Farrell (camogie), Janet Cunningham (equestrian), Eoin Murphy and Dylan Walsh (both hurling), Marie Dargan (camogie), and Darragh Walshe (soccer).

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