IT, Tralee Annual Sports Awards celebrating Student Achievement in Sport
The highlight of the student sporting calendar, the IT Tralee Annual Sports Awards were held last night in the Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee. Four hundred guests attended the function as students, staff, sponsors and invited guests assembled to celebrate student achievement and participation in sport.
The majority of the Institute’s teams compete at the highest levels in Intervarsity Sport and this year celebrated success in Football, Hurling, Ladies Rugby, Judo, Boxing, Racquetball, Handball, Rowing, Tae Kwon Do and Athletics. There are now over 30 clubs in the Institute giving students a wide variety of sport to choose from.
Mr Flan Garvey, Chairman of the ITT Governing Body opened proceedings by welcoming everyone to the function and congratulating all students on the tremendous achievements this year.
Speaking on the night, Michael Carmody, President of the Institute, commended all the students on their sporting endeavours and highlighted the importance of participation in sport at all levels. Michael also received a presentation in appreciation of his support for the Sports Programme during his time as President and was wished well by all as he takes up his new position as President of GMIT.
Jennifer Healy, Sports Officer in the Institute, highlighted that the success in student sport is due to the dedication and commitment of the students and their mentors, the support of Institute Management and Staff, the generosity of many sponsors and the help and assistance of local clubs in helping to maintain what has become a very proud record of student achievement in sport for IT Tralee. Jennifer also spoke about the important role recent scholarship schemes have played in the development and promotion of sport in the Institute and acknowledged that the IT Tralee, Kennedy Coaches & Tralee Rugby Club Scholarships along with Munster GAA Bursaries show the Institute’s commitment to attracting top athletes while also maintaining strong community links.
Eamon Fitzgerald, GAA Games Promotion Officer, acknowledged the dedication shown by all students throughout the year which was reflected in their tremendous achievements. He also thanked both Munster GAA and the Kerry County Board for their continued support throughout the year.
The awards evening is a fitting tribute to the Institute’s student sporting ambassadors and on the night students received citations for their administration/coaching roles within the clubs and each club also nominated their club person of the year.
The night concluded with the announcement of the much anticipated Team of the Year and Overall Sports Person of the Year. The Fresher Football team received the ‘Team of the Year’ award while Clare Footballer, Kevin Harnett, received the award for Sports Person of the Year. The evening was a great way to end the sporting year in the Institute and an enjoyable night was had by all.
Sports Award Night Gallery
TEAM OF THE YEAR 2011
Fresher Football Team
SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR 2011
Kevin Harnett - Clare