TEN Clare students were among the 78 students that received the Limerick Institute of Technology Sports Scholarship this academic year.
The ten from Clare are Gearóid McMahon (Athletics), Chloe Towey (Camogie/Ladies Football), Seán Rouine (Gaelic Football). Gavin Cooney (Gaelic Football), Killian Nugent (Hurling), Robin Mounsey (Hurling), Aisling Morrissey (Ladies Football), Lee Devitt (Soccer), Meg Brennan (Soccer), Tara McEvoy (Swimming/Lifesaving).
Adrian Flaherty Sports Recreation & Facilities Officer, LIT, said despite these challenging times for sport, the aim of the scholarships remains clear.
“Now in its fourth year, the LIT’s Sports Scholarship Programme provides athletic support, focuses on individual welfare, and includes off-field mentoring and education support to its recipients,” said Mr Flaherty.
“Despite the impact of the pandemic on sport we continue to meet the goals set out by the scholarship programme in new ways. This year has been a challenge, but lessons learnt through participation in sport include resilience, team work and working to overcome obstacles, disappointments and setbacks. The Sports Team here at LIT have being working with our scholarship recipients to ensure they receive the assistance they need to reach their academic goals while working to protect their physical health and mental well being.”
“Among the other initiatives being rolled out to support the health and wellness of our students, staff and the general community is the six week “LIT Sport Virtual Health & Wellness 2021,” added Mr Flaherty.
“Every day over the six-week period, ending on March 7, the programme will help increase health awareness by providing workouts, resources, webinars, demonstrations, live discussions and evidence-based material to all participants. Each week focuses on a new subject including areas such as Time Management to Sleep Health; Exercise & Training to Nutrition; and Setbacks & Stress to Meditation & Mindfulness. Participation is free to everyone and full details are available at Instagram: @LIT_Health_Wellness.”
Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.