NUIG are once again looking at promoting their sporting success with their sporting scholarship program. Currently over 60 students receive support under the scheme in a broad range of sports.
The scheme has assisted dozens of athletes’ progress to the highest levels of their sport in recent years and is aimed at providing them with the tools for success in the long term. Former Olympian and Irish Record breaking sprinter Gary Ryan is the Elite Sports Development Officer at NUI Galway. He has said that “Our aim is to help our scholarship athletes develop as a student and as a sportsperson. We are not rewarding for past successes rather trying to prepare our students for future achievement.”
“Our efforts in developing a high performance sports environment in NUI Galway have already shown significant success with a large number of our Sports Scholarship students representing county and national teams. We are especially proud of those individuals that have excelled on the International stage, including Irish Olympian hopefuls at London 2012, Paul Hession and Olive Loughnane. All of these achievements have been secured by students who are also receiving a world class education and being supported by the scheme to meet the challenges of these dual goals”
NUIG currently has 50 students on sporting scholarships which allow them to complete their studies and let them achieve all that they can in their sporting arenas. They receive a subsistence grant, Coaching support, Medical and Physiotherapy support, Performance Nutrition, Performance Psychology, Strength and Conditioning, Performance planning and mentoring as part of the scholarship program.
Current Scholarship holders include Inter County Senior Hurlers and Footballers, International Sprinters, Rowers, Swimmers, Rugby and Soccer players and some of Ireland’s leading young talents in sports as diverse as Rock Climbing, Windsurfing and Tennis
Scholarships are open to any student who is attending NUIG and involved in a Sport in the college. Students wishing to apply must do so through http://www.sports.nuigalway.ie/scholarshipform.html and the closing date in the 31st of July