LAST weekend, Ruth Algar (Athletics), Fiona Coughlan (Rugby), Brian Lohan (Hurling), Sean McGrath (Paralympian), Liam O’Brien (Athletics), Fiona O’Driscoll (Camogie/Gaelic Football) and Keith Wood (Rugby) were inducted into the University of Limerick Sports Hall of Fame.
Over the last 40 years the University of Limerick has made a unique contribution to sport regionally, nationally and internationally. The University takes a leading role in the provision of teaching and research programmes in physical education and sports science in Ireland. Complementing the top class sports facilities at UL is the emergence of some of the most innovative and world leading sport-related research, giving UL students the opportunity to engage with leading researchers and use the latest sports performance analysis techniques, including cryotherapy research and the pioneering altitude training centre housed on the UL campus.
In addition to its educational and academic role, the University of Limerick campus, widely known as Ireland’s premier sporting campus, has served as the training ground for Olympians, World and European Champions of a myriad of different sports.
The launch of the Sports Hall of Fame will serve as a permanent tribute to sporting leaders in recognition of their excellence in achievement and service to sport. The sixteen retired athletes chosen as inaugural inductees have been selected from the four decades of sporting excellence in UL’s history and new members will be added to the UL Sports Hall of Fame each year.
According to President of the University of Limerick Professor Don Barry: “These seven individuals are each remarkable for their achievements, their commitment to excellence and the inspiration they provide to our next generations of athletes. They have reached the pinnacle of their sporting careers and have earned our highest esteem and gratitude for their contribution to UL Sport and I would like to give my congratulations to all of this year’s inductees.”
The University of Limerick’s 2015 Sports Hall of Fame will honour the 2015 inductees at a Ceremony in the University Arena on Saturday 22nd August at 2.30pm. This is an open event and all are welcome to attend. Families will have the opportunity to meet and chat with the inductees at a reception afterwards. The awards themselves will take approximately 40 minutes.
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