WIT Vikings Sport Scholarship Athlete Profile: Aaron Tierney Smith

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Sport scholarship: Aaron Tierney Smith

Sport scholarship: Aaron Tierney Smith

Sport Scholarship athlete Aaron Tierney Smith who is part of Menapians AC talks sport and how he balances sport and studying applied computing at WIT

Every academic year, WIT provides up to 60 Sports Scholarship Awards distributed between three awarding categories which reflect the sporting level a student is competing at within their sporting discipline: Elite, Sport Scholarship & Emerging Talent. Apply at http://www.wit.ie/vikingsportscholarship

Name: Aaron Tierney Smith

Sport: Athletics

Club: Menapians AC

County: Wexford

Course: BSc in Applied Computing (Cloud and Networks)


Highest achievements to date?

2019 Varsity Champion for 60m Hurdles

WIT Record for 60m Hurdles

2019 National u20 Champion 110m Hurdles

Member of the Menapians relay team that broke the National Club 4x200m record

Numerous National and Provincial medals ranging from 60m to 200m, 60m Hurdles and 110m Hurdles.


What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Winning the 60m Hurdles in the IUAA Championships whilst breaking the WIT Record in the process.


What is your personal aim this year?

Improve on my performances from last season

Perform consistently throughout the season

Win a National u23 title


Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Steven Gerrard


How do you prepare for each event?

I pack my bag the night before because I’ll definitely forget something if I leave it until the morning.

Before a race and during the warm-up I throw on my headphones and get focused.


What advice would you give to athletes wanting to improve?

Consistency is key. Absolutely nothing is given to you, if you don’t put in the work you won’t get the results you want. Appreciate the small wins, and you’ll enjoy training and competing much more.


What do you do to relax/unwind?

Watching TV or Movies, playing PlayStation and listening to music.


How do you balance work/college/training?

I must be very strict with my time management. Due to training almost every day, whilst having nearly 30 hours a week in college, and working at weekends, it’s crucial that I don’t waste my free time when I have it. I use this free time to recover from training or keep up with my college work. I also make sure to get plenty of sleep, otherwise the body will shut down.


What was the best advise you were ever given?

“The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit”


Do you get nervous before big races/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

I feel like I’m more excited than nervous for a big race. The bigger the race the more excited I am. I feel much more hyped for a race that’s important to me, and that usually brings a better performance.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Applied Computing (Common Entry)

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