WIT Vikings Sports Scholarship Programme recipients have a range of supports and services to help them develop both their sporting and academic career
The WIT Vikings Sports Scholarship Programme introduced 52 students to the scholarship programme at a ceremony last week. In total there are 14 different counties represented across 13 sports.
WIT Vikings Sports Scholarship Programme recipients benefit from financial support, academic mentoring, strength and conditioning, sport science, medical support and personal development workshops.
Corporate sponsors include Airtricity Premier League side Waterford Football Club and global eye health company Bausch & Lomb who both assist with the Soccer Scholarship Programme.
Sports scholarship awardees
First time recipients include Cork sprinter Phil Healy who was named as January’s European Female Athlete of the Month smashing her 400m PB with a time of 52.08 which qualifies Phil for the World Indoor games in March.
County senior hurlers Pat Lyng and Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Connal Flood (Wexford) and Jack Prendergast (Waterford) were joined by Cork U21 hurler Stephen Condon.
Waterford FC (WFC) soccer scholars John and Paul Martin are the first time recipients of the new WFC Soccer Scholarship. Joanne Dillon (Wexford) Mary Burke and Shauna Quirke (Tipperary) are some of those awarded for camogie.
In total, WIT’s Sports Scholarship students represent 14 counties, which are Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Limerick, Kilkenny, Offaly, Tipperary, Wicklow, Carlow, Laois, Kerry and Westmeath across 13 different sports, including athletics, soccer, kayaking, hurling, Gaelic football, basketball, boxing, camogie, Olympic weightlifting, sailing, surfing, rugby and cycling.
Supporting sports development
WIT President Willie Donnelly said that “sport is a microcosm of what WIT is all about.”
He spoke of the elite sports people “having the ability to inspire and motivate those around them which are fantastic values to have.” Special guest on the evening former Republic of Ireland soccer international Kevin Kilbane added that “the setbacks that everyone experiences can define you.” Kevin mentioned that the “facilities here at WIT Arena are second to none compared to anything he has seen and they will put you on the right path to whatever it is you want to achieve.”