Badminton sports scholar Prakash Vijayanath (who plays Badminton for South Africa) has won Sports Person of the Year at this year’s Trinity Sport Awards and Commons. The third year computer science and business student beat off stiff competition from fellow scholars Aisling Maher (camogie) and Cade Ryan (canoe) to claim the prize.
Above: Badminton sports scholar Prakash Vijayanath has won Sports Person of the Year at this year’s Trinity Sport Awards and Commons
Another of the night’s major awards, Special Contribution to College Sport, went to the college’s Director of Rugby Tony Smeeth, who was presented with his trophy by rugby captain Nick McCarthy. Tony has devoted himself to the promotion and development of rugby in Trinity. The recent Colours match in College Park, where Trinity came from behind at half time to defeat UCD, is no doubt evidence of this.
This year’s event, held in the Dining Hall, was hosted by RTE sports presenter Evanne Ní Chuilinn and also featured guest of honour and athletics legend Sonia O’Sullivan, who participated in a lively Q&A session after dinner.
The Sports Awards, open to all the college’s sports clubs, are designed to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment made by the sporting community here in Trinity.
The six award categories and this year’s winners are:
Club Administrator of the Year – Roisin Greening (Trampoline)
Club of the Year – DU Sub Aqua Club
Coach of the Year – Nick Dunlop (Boating)
Team of the Year – DUBC Senior 8
Sports Person of the Year – Prakash Vijayanath (Badminton)
Special Contribution to College Sport – Tony Smeeth (Rugby)
Above: RTE sports presenter Evanne Ní Chuilinn interviewing athletics legend Sonia O’Sullivan, who participated in a lively Q&A session after dinner.