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Each year, NUI Galway recognises the outstanding contribution of Student Athletes across many diverse sporting disciplines for their achievements in sport.
Pictured are the individual winners of the NUI Galway Annual Sports Awards at a ceremony last night in the Ardilaun Hotel. (Back row, l-r): Tony Regan, Sports and Recreation Officer, NUI Galway; Gary Collins (Rugby Award); Gareth Bradshaw (Gaelic Football Award); Richard Fahy on behalf of Niamh Fahy (Ladies Soccer Award); Jim Egan, on behalf of Darragh Egan (Hurling Award); Tom Forde, Bank of Ireland; Matt Doran, NUI Galway; Séamus Coneely (Soccer Award); Abhi Shekdixit (Cricket Award); Kevin Duggan (Athletics). (Front row, l-r): Gillian Heavey (Hockey); Niamh Breathnach (Archery Award); Laura Linnane (Camogie Award); President of NUI Galway, Prof. Jim Browne; Anna Conlon (Ladies Gaelic Football); Deirdre Flynn (Boxing); and Anne O’Callaghan (Ladies Rugby).
Among the award winners announced are Irish rowing heavyweight fours crew members Alan Martin (Salthill), Cormac Folan (Barna) and James Wall (Limerick), who will receive the Special Achievement Award 2008. The crew will represent Ireland in the Olympic Games in Beijing later this year.
This year’s Sports Awards recipients are:
Announcing the awardees, Tony Regan, Sports and Recreation Officer, NUI Galway said: “This year’s winners have outstanding talent and are the next generation of Irish Sporting Stars. These outstanding athletes are wonderful role models and are an inspiration to us all and we are proud and honoured to have them as current students at NUI Galway. In conjunction with our Sport Scholarship Scheme, these Sports Awards have helped to identify the talents of these young people and we wish them well in their future endeavours”.