On Tuesday 8th November Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) held an event called Women in Sport to recognise the outstanding achievements of the 22 current and past students who won all Ireland medals in Camogie and Ladies Football. The event was held to recognise the high standard of sport in WIT, particularly among female students. Attendees at the event included the President of the Camogie Association, the President of Ladies Football, the High Performance Director at Paralympics Ireland as well as WIT staff and students.
Addressing the large crowd in attendance, Mr Tony McFeely, acting President of WIT said: “Camogie and Ladies Football are minority (GAA) sports; however, the girls make the same commitment on the pitch and on the training ground as their male counterparts. The Institute is anxious to recognise and acknowledge their achievements. The success of our student athletes, the continued expansion of the sports scholarships programme and the ongoing development of the Carriganore campus will ensure that Waterford Institute of Technology remains at the forefront of Irish sport for many years to come.”
Also in attendance at the event was Nancy Chillingworth, High Performance Director, Paralympics Ireland who have a partnership with WIT for the 2012 Paralympics. In her speech, Ms Chillingworth stressed the importance of females getting involved in sport: “Those of us involved in sport have a responsibility to promote what we do in order to encourage girls to participate early and continue to participate throughout their lives. It’s everyone’s dream to win an Olympic or Paralympic medal but very few do. However, it is essential that the elite athletes are supported as it is only through having appropriate role models and high aspirations that young girls will commit to engaging in sport and will experience the health and social benefits that come from that”.
The event also coincided with the launch of the 2011/12 sports scholarship programme which will benefit 60 students across 19 sports who have excelled in their chosen sporting discipline. Speaking on Wednesday evening, Cathy Pembroke, WIT Athletics Performance Coordinator, who launched the scholarship programme, said: “The aim of the Scholarship Programme is to run an athlete led development programme that supports the holistic development of our Scholarship Students in the pursuit of their sport and academic goals through a structured network of support and expertise.”
“The Athletic Performance module which is an elective module available only to sports scholarship students was developed specifically to provide students with the necessary skills to enhance their athletic potential through a structured learning module. Students are provided with the relevant tools to enable them to balance their sporting and academic commitments while achieving excellence in both” said Cathy Pembroke.
WIT has a number of courses on offer at the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science. Among them are the Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management, Course code: WD019, BA (Hons) in Health Promotion, Course code: WD124, BA (Hons) in Exercise & Health Studies, Course code: WD125.
Further information on these courses can be found at www.wit.ie/studyatwit