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Ucc stars awarded

Thursday, 18th April, 2013 1:00am

Ten top young sports stars have been honoured by UCC at the Sports Star Awards 2012/2013, with Olympian Sonia O'Sullivan as the Guest of Honour. The awards took place in the River Lee Hotel last night.Irish Senior International Rugby player, Alison Miller, the first female rugby player to be honoured last year, was recognised again this year. This comes following the Irish Women's team's outstanding achievements - winning the Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Championship - Alison being top try scorer of the women's RBS Six Nations Championship. Irish Senior International Hockey player Miriam Crowley was also honoured. Miriam returned to UCC this year following a year out to concentrate full-time on hockey with the Irish senior team in their bid to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Other award recipients included Peter Catchpole from the men's hockey club and Josh O'Shea who was the soccer recipient and received the award for his immense contribution in getting UCC to the Collingwood Cup.Clare Fitzgerald was honoured again for her outstanding performance in field athletics, and representing Ireland at international level and for being Irish Senior and Intervarsity champion in the discus and shot putt. Christian Anon, a Spanish student on an Erasmus year at UCC, was the Basketball recipient. Inter-County hurler Conor Lehane was honoured in recognition of UCC retaining the Fitzgibbon Cup and putting in a “Man of the Match” performance in the final in Galway. Kerry senior footballer Peter Crowley helped UCC reach the Sigerson Cup Final in Athlone and received an All Star for his performances.Josh O Sullivan-Hourihan received his award for orienteering, a sport which hasn't been recognised for many years while Patrice Kearney was the ladies soccer recipient having helped UCC to Intervarsity success for the first time in 22 years.

This year's Special Achievement Award known as “The Kieran Dowd Perpetual Award” was presented to Kieran Healy, UCC Men's Hockey Club while the university also presented a “Supreme Sports Star Award” in recognition of it being the 30th year of the awards. Alison Miller was the recipient in recognition of her achievements with the Irish Senior Women's Rugby Team.

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