At the Annual Scholarships Awards on November 28th 2016, the inaugural UL Sports Scholarships were launched. Twenty-nine outstanding sportspeople received bursaries totalling €95,000 and six of these recipients are students from the department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. PESS recipients included 2016 Olympian Michelle Finn (4th Year Physical Education), 2012 Olympian Jessie Barr (PhD Student), Irish International Open Water swimmer Chris Bryan (PhD Student), European championship 400m hurdler Paul Byrne (MSc Sports Performance) and Galway Camogie player Orlaith McGrath (4th year Physical Education). International Athlete Eanna Madden (4th Year Sport and Exercise Sciences student) was awarded one of the Michael Hillary and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarships.
Professor Paul McCutcheon, Vice President Academic and Registrar, at UL presented the awards. Congratulating the 2016 UL Scholars, Professor McCutcheon said “In awarding these scholarships the University of Limerick recognises excellence in academic and sporting endeavour of its students and supports their achievements.”
The recipients have access to excellent high performance programmes based on the University of Limerick campus which are coordinated by UL Beo Project Manager, Gary Ryan. The University of Limerick campus and UL Sport Arena features the largest all-weather sports field complex in Europe, an indoor rowing tank, the National Altitude Training Centre, the National Strength and Conditioning Centre, a 50m Olympic pool, a 400m outdoor- and 60m indoor athletics track, 30 acres of playing fields, tennis courts and batting cages, a suspended running track and basketball arena. “The sports facilities at UL are second to none and just as important is the expert coaching provided and the outstanding sports science support offered to scholarship recipients,” Mr Ryan outlined.
The UL Sports Scholarships are designed to support top athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while studying at the university.
Under the UL Sports Scholarship scheme gold awards include a training grant, accommodation and registration as well as supports in the area of sports science and coaching and include gym membership. Gold awards are valued at more than €10,000 per year.
Silver awards are worth in excess of €5,000 per year and bronze, more than €1,200. All the scholarships also include workshops and academic mentoring.
Information on UL Sports Scholarships can be found at http://www.ul.ie/sportsscholarships/about