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Powerlifters scoop top CIT sports award

Wednesday, 25th April, 2018 4:55pm

The CIT Powerlifting Club were crowned cream of the crop at the annual sports awards last night. The club was announced as overall team of the year at a ceremony which took place in the college, while Fresher of the Year went to racewalker David Kenny.

Other awards presented included two Risam Uile awards, given to clubs who have made a significant contribution to the world of sport, which went to the boxing and karting clubs.

11 students received individual awards, including runner Raymond Walsh, sailor Conor Haughton and Cork footballer Anthony Casey.

Guest speaker on the evening was Alex O'Shea, the ultra-runner from Ballineen who is set for the challenge of a lifetime when he tackles 32 marathons in 32 counties in 16 days in September. Alex ran his first ever marathon in 2014 at the age of 40, breaking a Guinness Record after running the race in his full firefighter uniform, while his other achievements include representing Ireland at the 100km World Championships in 2016.

Former Cork football captain Derek Kavanagh was awarded the Graduate Achievement Award for 2018 and addressed the audience, discussing his sporting career, as well as the benefits that attending CIT afforded him.

Derek, who had a hugely successful career both in the red and white of Cork and with his club, Nemo Rangers, commenced his study in the Department of Applied Physics & Instrumentation in 1998 and graduated with an honours degree with a Bachelor of Science in 2002.

Speaking about the awards, President of Cork Institute of Technology Dr Barry O'Connor said: “This annual event recognises the important contribution of sport and sports clubs to the entire CIT community. In particular it recognises outstanding achievements of past and present students.

“Uniquely in 2017, three out of the four Munster Final captains were CIT graduates; Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers) and Pat O’Connor (Tubber, Co Clare) in the hurling and Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) in the football final.”

Dr O'Connor continued: “CIT probably has the best on-campus outdoor facilities in the country which are regularly shared with other sporting organisations including Cork hurling and football teams, Munster Rugby, Rebel Óg and Sciath na Scol competitions. CIT is the home for the annual Cork City Sports meeting, as well as the venue for Cork Primary School Sports, reckoned to be the largest outdoor sporting event in Europe.

“A full range of awards will be presented while contributions to club administration are recognised as well as achievement on the field or track as the Institute encourages students to stay fit and healthy through sport. The contribution of retired staff members as well as graduates is a major factor in the successes achieved by CIT Sports clubs.”

The 11 individual CIT Sports Awards winners:

David Mulcahy – Badminton

Shane O’Leary - Karting

Raymond Walsh - Athletics

Rachel O'Mahony - Powerlifting

Ross O'Connor - Powerlifting

Paul Murphy - AFL

Zuzana Hustakova - Tennis

Conor Haughton - Sailing

Andrew Jeffers - Canoe

Anthony Casey - Football

Patrick Bracken – Hurling

2018 Club of the Year: Powerlifting

Fresher of the Year: David Kenny, Athletics

Risam Uile Award: Boxing Club

Risam Uile Award: Karting Club

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