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Annual Report 2012-13 DUCAC

Sports Centre Trinity College Dublin 2 ducac@tcd.ie +353 1 896 2268 www.ducac.tcdlife.ie Drinda Jones DUCAC Administrator


Contents 1.

Introduction ......................................................................................................................................................... 1

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Note from the Officers of DUCAC ........................................................................................................................ 2

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Objectives............................................................................................................................................................. 3

4.

DUCAC – who we are ........................................................................................................................................... 3

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Recruitment ......................................................................................................................................................... 5

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Coaching Policy .................................................................................................................................................... 6

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Courses and workshops ....................................................................................................................................... 7

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Research ............................................................................................................................................................... 8

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Strategy for Sport ............................................................................................................................................... 10

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Club Roundup ..................................................................................................................................................... 11

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Club Survey......................................................................................................................................................... 15

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Sport Scholarships .............................................................................................................................................. 19

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Pinks ................................................................................................................................................................... 21

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Alumni Events .................................................................................................................................................... 22

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Alumni Engagement ........................................................................................................................................... 25

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Community Commitment .................................................................................................................................. 26

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Events ................................................................................................................................................................. 27

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Alumni Awards ................................................................................................................................................... 30

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In Memoriam – Trevor West .............................................................................................................................. 32

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Acknowledgements ............................................................................................................................................ 37


1. Introduction

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DUCAC's Sport Clubs at Trinity competed well in 2012-13 with many Clubs dominating at Intervarsity Level; the Boxing Club won their Junior Intervarsity and Michael Bustard will represent Trinity at the Irish Third-level students team for the Haringey Cup in London; the Fencing Club won their Intervarsity Competition for the 6th year in a row; the Ladies Gaelic Football Club won the Lynch Cup beating DIT in the Final, they will play in the 2nd Division next year; the Harriers and Athletics Club ladies won the Cross Country; the Lawn Tennis, mens and Ladies, won their Intervarsity Competition and postgraduate Mark Carpenter and Junior Freshman Student Julian Bradley represented the Club and Ireland at the World Masters University Championship in Nice, France in December; the Ladies Orienteering team won their Intervarsity; the Squash Club won their 2nd Division Saturday league along with the Mens B anc C Classes at Intervarsity; the Volleyball ladies won the CUSAI League and the men won the National Championship; the Swimming Club won the Waterpolo Intervarsity and the Ultimate Frisbee Club won their Indoor Intervarsity and University league and 5 club members will represent Ireland at the U23 World Ultimate Championships in Canada this summer. At its annual sporting awards night, DUCAC honoured former Football (Rugby) Ladies Captain, Ailis Eagan, for her contribution to the Irish Rugby Team that won the six nations this year. DUCAC awarded University Pinks to Natalya Coyle, Modern Pentathlon, Rebecca Deasy, Ladies Boat and Rosalind Hussey, Orienteering. Twenty Sport Scholarships were awarded by DUCAC and the Department of Sport at the start of the Academic year and Sports Scholarship Student, Nataya Coyle, won Ireland's historic first silver medal at the inaugural mixed relay event in Modern Pentathlon's first World Cup of the season in Palm Springs. The DU Football (Rugby) Club were promoted to Division 1B last year and have had a very successful season, they finished rd 3 position at the end of the season. There were many wins by our sport clubs; The Boxing Club won their Junior Intervarsity, the ladies football club the Gaelic Football Ladies won the Lynch Cup, both the mens and ladies Lawn Tennis th won their Intervarsity competition, the Fencing Club won their Intervarsity for the 6 consecutive year. The Men’s Volleyball Club won the VAI intermediate and junior championships in April.

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Mens and ladies boat – University and National Champs Boxing – Junior intervarsities Fencing – Intervarsities Ladies Football (Rugby) – Intervarsity winners Harriers and Athletics – Ladies team won Cross Country Intervarsity Lawn Tennis – mens and ladies won at Intervarsities Orienteering - Intervarsities Rifle – Air rifle Intervarsities Squash – Intervarsities Swimming – Waterpolo Intervarsities TaeKwonDo – Intervarsity winners Ultimate Frisbee – University League

Outside the classroom learning takes place formally through courses and workshops organised through DUCAC while students also gain practical skills through their management of sport clubs. It has b __________________ Drinda Jones DUCAC Administrator

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2. Note from the Officers of DUCAC Chairman

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Nominated for chair of something and honoured

Senior Treasurer Secretary

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3. Objectives

4. DUCAC – who we are Board

DUCAC

Student Services Committee

Organisation Chart

Capitation Committee

DUCAC Executive Committee

DUCAC Honorary Chairman

DUCAC Honorary Officers

DUCAC Administrator (80%)

Pavilion Bar Honorary Chairman

Administrative Assistant

Club Development Officers (x3)

Club Officers (x 150)

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Accounts Manager

Manager

Bar Staff


DUCAC Annual Report 2012-13 DUCAC personnel include

Administrator Administrative Assistant Pavilion Bar Manager GAA Development Officer Boat Club Development Coach AFC (Soccer) Administrator Pavilion Bar Staff

Drinda Jones

Catríona Kennedy Jason Lynch Conor Laverty Colm Dowling Ken LeGros Ghassan Marzouq, Eoghan Doyle, Joseph Doyle, Louise Fitzpatrick, Adam Keys, Sylwia Kozlowska, (John) Xin Lin, Anthony Raymond, Sam Scanlon and Amy Walsh

The DUCAC Executive was elected at the DUCAC AGM which was held in the Ed Burke Theatre, Arts Building on Thursday 11th October, 2012. The following were appointed for the academic year 2012-13; Chairman Cyril Smyth (2010-2013) Vice Chairman William Hurley (DU Boat Club) Senior Treasurer John Lumsden (2012-2015) Treasurer Garret Dunne (DU Harriers and Athletics Club) Secretary Lucy O’Donoghue (DU Ladies Boat Club) Pavilion Bar Chairman John Murphy (2010-2013) Pavilion Members Chairman Roger West Club Representatives Daniel Fitzpatrick (Sub Aqua) Kathleen Gallagher (Swimming) Ian Kelly (Boat) Laura Stephens (Ladies Hockey) Conor Traynor (Fencing) Liam Tremble (Harriers and Athletics) Deirbhile Tuite (Ladies Boat) Pavilion Members John Dillon Michael Gleeson Gerry Kelly Brendan Leahy Donagh McDonagh Claire McGlynn

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5. Recruitment

There are many mediums used to recruit members to our Sport Clubs. Students, Graduates and Staff are entitled to join DUCAC and Sport Clubs at Trinity. Freshers week is the main recruitment drive for our Sport Clubs where students set up stands in Front Square and organise taster sessions during the first couple of weeks of term. Sport Clubs were also publicised at the Orientation talks which took place throughout the week in the Ed Burke Theatre

Schools and Clubs DUCAC targets 2nd level schools and Sport Clubs around the country to encourage sports students to come to Trinity College and compete with our Sport Clubs. The DU Boat Club hosted C.U.S. this year at Islandbridge. The Gaelic Development Officer targeted County Minor Teams and Development Squads, where he attended training sessions and matches and met players to speak about GAA at Trinity College. Students within the GAA Clubs visited their old schools with the GAA Development officer. Trinity College Dublin Open Day During open day, which was held in December 2012, a number of clubs presented to incoming students. These included the DU Football, GAA, Boat and Hockey Clubs. DUCAC also had a stand during open day in the Arts Building and provided two presentations in conjunction with CSC and the SU.

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6. Coach Payment Management Policy

DUCAC introduced a coaching policy this year which will be implemented in 2013-14 academic year. The policy was introduced to ensure that DUCAC and Clubs meet their legal obligations in terms of revenue payments. The Policy also gives additional support to Sport Clubs in terms of hiring procedures and supporting coaching staff. The Policy was discussed at two DUCAC Executive Sub Committee Meetings, a Captains Meeting and DUCAC Executive Committee and has been discussed with HR in Trinity College Dublin. The Policy can be viewed on the DUCAC website and is included in the Club Policy document which is distributed to all Club Officers on an annual basis.

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7. Courses and workshops

A number of courses and workshops were held for Club Officer to support them in their appropriate role. These workshops are very beneficial to our volunteer Club Officers creating opportunities for outside the classroom learning. Skills such as communication, leadership, team building etc are lifelong skills necessary for the development of our student body, thus increasing the professionalism of our sport clubs. It is also a chance for students to work with other great volunteers and expand their networks. Two Captains and Treasurer Workshops were held in the Sun Room in the Pavilion and kindly sponsored by Tifco Hotel Group. The Captains workshops were held during the first week of term and informed the incoming captains of DUCAC’s role, Captains role, Alumni Engagement, Volunteering and administration and leadership skills required. Aoife Considine from the Snow Sports Club won a dinner for two in Clontarf Castle Hotel and Cian Clynes from the Triathlon Club won an overnight stay for two in the Burlington Hotel. The Treasurers workshops were held during the second week of term and informed incoming Treasurers of the procedures for claiming allocations and offered advice on budgeting, fundraising and sponsorship. All Treasurers must complete an annual budget at the start of the academic year and manage their allocation throughout the year, giving them much needed budgeting skills required in every area of their future. Jennifer Murphy from the Ladies Hockey Club and Kevin O’Reilly from the Lawn Tennis Club won an overnight stay with Breakfast for 2 at the Clontarf Castle Hotel thanks to Tifco Hotel Group. DUCAC sent four students to the first ever CUSAI Student Networking Event which took place in UCD in October. The event covered areas such as Event Management and fundraising which is vital for the continuance of our sport clubs. DUCAC arrange a First Aid Training Course of which 15 Sport Club personnel attended. This included eleven students with four coaching staff. Many of our Sport Clubs provided additional courses for their members including the Hockey Clubs in Umpiring skills as many of their members provide services for matches. This course supports students in making important decisions under pressure, improving their interpersonal and communication skills. This year the GAA Development Officer offered GAA members coaching courses which included fundamental skills and referee skills along with sport specific first aid. He also set up a child protection course in October and a total of 27 students completed the course. 34 students attended the fundamental skills course with a further 17 students completed their foundation level coaching this year for Gaelic Football and Hurling. Through DUCAC, Badminton Ireland supported 17 students in the “Shuttle Time” Training programme and an additional 15 students in the Teicnic Training Programme. These programmes qualify our students to coach giving them the appropriate technique in the Sport of Badminton. Squash Club carried out in conjunction with DUCAC and Irish Squash, coaching courses to ensure they were qualified to teach City Quay National School 6th Class students. Students gain valuable lifelong practical skills through these courses and putting them into practice following a course. Skills such as organisational, communication, analysis, questioning, problem solving and providing constructive feedback.

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8. Research

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DUCAC continues to support academic research and formally supported an MSISS project and an MSc research student in Sport and Exercise Medicine. DUCAC sport clubs also work with the MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine students in their physiotherapy module where the MSc students gain experience in working with sport clubs in this area. MSISS project: Recreational/Sports Activity; Involvement at Third Level by Jennifer Murphy who is also a member of our Ladies Hockey Club. The aim of the project was to investigate undergraduate participation levels in Physical Activity (PA) and reasons for involvement/non involvement. The information was gathered through an online survey designed and administered to find out how much physical activity students at third level currently partake in and to identify reasons why some students are not physically active. The study focused on undergraduate students in Trinity College. The research and report were conducted on behalf of Dublin University Central Athletic Club (DUCAC). Main Conclusions 1. 29% of respondents are on a sports team now • 33% of 1st year respondents • 23% of female, 38% of male respondents 2. 86% of respondents exercise as a form of PA whereas only 36% play sport 3. 14% of respondents are physically inactive • 39% male, 61% female 4. 31% of female respondents and 49% of male respondents meet national PA requirements ie 5+ times a week of 30+mins of moderate intensity PA 5. The Engineering, Maths and Science (EMS) and the Medicine, Nursing and Health Science (MNHS) departments both have the highest percentage of their students inactive (15%). However, the EMS department also has the highest percentage of students who meet PA guidelines (44%) 6. Respondents who were more physically active indicated that they were less tired on a daily basis than their respective students who did less PA 7. Male respondents were more motivated by competition in PA whereas female respondents were more motivated by physical appearance and social aspects of PA 8. Lack of time was a more dominant barrier for sport rather than exercise probably due to the commitment factor in sport- 92% of respondents said lack of time deterred them from playing sport whereas only 48% said lack of time deterred them from exercise. Laziness was a prominent barrier for respondents in both sport and exercise with 79% of respondents saying it deterred them from sport and 85% of respondents saying laziness deterred them from exercise 9. Respondents were asked if free exercise programs were made available on the DUCAC/Department of Sport website would they use them. 69% said yes, with over 50% of inactive students being among these respondents who said they would use the programs Reccommendations 1. Encouraging more students to join sports teams/clubs in first year and getting more women involved. (See sports activity officers suggestion below) 2. Promoting sport especially as research shows that the longevity of participation in sport is higher than that of exercise due to the higher enjoyment factor in sport. (See sports activity officers suggestion below) 3. Students need education in time management especially to allow for room for PA in their daily schedules. 8|Page


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DUCAC/Department of Sport could hold talks on making time for PA in your college timetable for example. Respondents were asked if they would attend such talks and 27% said yes 4. Make free exercise programs available throughout the year on the college website and promote them at freshers week, in the college journals, on the website homepage etc 5. Promote the academic benefits of PA as many open ended responses by students relating to why they participated in PA were based around the benefits it holds for academic performance. Make stuents increasingly aware of these benefits by posting facts in the college journals, around the sports centre and the college health centre for example 6. Keep students physically active right the way through college again with the sports activity officers in each year (See sports activity officers suggestion below) • Sports Activity Officers: One for each year, faculty, a few especially for women (these should ideally be women!), one for erasmus students, post-grad students (lots of options- maybe start small and expand if successful). These officers would work closely with DUCAC and encourage the participation of PA accross the campus. Officers should be friendly, welcoming and perceived as easily approachable especially by the students. They could attend lectures in the first few weeks of college to make themselves known and so the students are less intimidated to approach them.

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9. Strategy for Sport

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A strategy for sport working group was set up this year with a membership of; The Dean of Students (Chair), Head of Sport, Sports Development Manager, 2 DUCAC representatives, Communications Office Representatives, Student Union President, Graduate Student Union President, Deputy Director of Buildings, Director of Alumni and an external member (Dermot Sherlock, Honorary Secretary OCI) and the purpose of the plan identified below The purpose of the Strategic Plan for Sport will be to create a vision for Trinity College Sport and Recreation for the next 5 years that supports students and the College community in their participation whether at a recreational or high-performing level. It will provide a framework of objectives for the development and provision of quality sports facilities and services and position sport within the heart of our organisation. Sporting themes have been identified as High Performance, Competition and Participation. Best practice is currently being researched against other Irish and international Universities and it is anticipated that a document will be launched by the end of 2013.

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10. Club Roundup

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More information will be taken from the budget presentations at the start of next academic year. Aikido – awaiting information from presentation at the start of the year The American Football Club – awaiting information from presentation at the start of the year The Association Football (Soccer) Club were promoted to Intermediate Football (Senior 1B Sunday Division of the Leinster Senior League) beating Maynooth 2-0 in their second last match of the season. Following their exit from the Collingwood Cup, DU contested the semi-final of the Spillane Cup against NUIG but were unfortunately defeated. They were, however, successful in the Duggan Cup beating Magee College from Londonderry at the University of Ulster Jordanstown campus just north of Belfast. The Club reached the final of the Harding Cup in Coleraine but lost against arch rivals, UCD (3-0). The Association Football (Soccer) Ladies Club Badminton Basketball The Boat Clubs carried out training camps during the Christmas Break. The Ladies Novice won Colours while the Ladies Senior VIII won the University Boat Race in Queens in June. The men’s novice VIII won University Champs along with Metro Regatta. They also won the University Boat Race in Queens.

DU Ladies Boat Club win at Queens University Boat Race – June 2013 Boxing Club

Hosted the americans

Held colours at Trinity but unfortunately lost

Won Junior Intervarsity

Michael Bustard will represent Trinity at the Irish Third-level students team for Haringey Cup in London

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The Camogie Club for the first time in the clubs history founded a second’s team and entered into Division 3. The reason for the introduction of this team was to continue the interest of members. Previously the Club had a panel of 30 players but not all players were successful in getting regular games, therefore would lose interest throughout the year. Many players continued to play throughout the year this year and they beat Marino convincingly but were beaten in the second game by 2 points against a strong DIT 2nd’s team. The Senior A team competed in Division 2 and was in a group of 5 teams. In the first match they were on the losing side against St Pats, Drumcondra. After this defeat they had a winning streak of 3 games securing second place in the group.

The Fresher’s team attended a one day blitz and a seven a side tournament and are showing some very promising signs for the future. One of the Clubs highlights this year so far was the fundraising event they held for Friends of Leukaemia. The girls decided to run a 26 mile marathon on a treadmill in Trinity’s Sports Centre and each player was involved and run at least 1 mile. They had t-shirts printed and collected money on the day of the event in total the raised over 600 euro Climbing – awaiting information from presentation at the start of the year Cricket men– awaiting information from presentation at the start of the year Cricket Ladies – awaiting information from presentation at the start of the year Croquet – awaiting information from presentation at the start of the year The Cycling Club hosted the 2012 Intervarsity Competition in Batterstown, Co Meath to great success with almost double the attendance of last year’s event. Equestrian – awaiting information from presentation at the start of the year The Fencing Club continued their success at the Intervarsity Competition which they won for the 6th year in a row. Max Milner won the Mens Epee at the West of Ireland Open and won the Dublin Epee Competitions, Ian Kenney came first in the Mens foil at the Schull Novice Cup and the Club were joint first place winners with Leipzig, Germany in the Women’s Professor Duffy Memorial Epee. They also had a great weekend in the Schull Novice Competition in December 2012, where they managed to take Gold Silver and Bronze in the Mens’ Foil. Having been promoted to Division 1B last year the DU Football (Rugby) Club had an excellent year this year. They proved their place in the Division coming 3rd place in the Division, one point behind UCD. They unfortunately lost to UCD in the formal Colours match having beaten them before Christmas on home ground. The U21s reached the All

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Ireland Final for the first time since 2007, unfortunately losing to Lansdowne in the last couple of minutes.

The Football (Rugby) Ladies took home the Leinster olace after beating Old Belvedere to become Leinster Women’s Champions and beat University College Cork 10-0 at home in College Park to become Intervarsity Champions taking home the inaugural Kay Bowen cup.

Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football Ladies

Niall Noonan was selected to play on the Irish University Team – Hockey DU Hockey Colours were held in UCD. Dublin Universities Men’s and Ladies third teams took victory over UCD but UCD won 5-2 overall. Vera Taafe, Anna May Whelan, Nicola Walsh and Avril Dooley O’Carroll were selected to represent Leinster at the Inter Provincials. Unfortunately, the Leinster team lost on goal difference, by one goal, behind Ulster at the weekend’s competition. DU Orienteers had a successful weekend down in Kerry for the Intervarsities. The women retained their team trophy with strong performances from Rosalind Hussey who won the race overall, and Dee Ryan who placed 3rd. Conor Short had a great individual performance in the men's event, finishing in 2nd overall. The Snow Sports Club held a successful Ski Trip in France in January where 400 students attended… 13 | P a g e


Swimming Training Camp in Hungary

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The Swimming Celtic Nations took place in April this year in Cardiff, Wales. Deirdre Kindregan (Waterpolo) and Graham Field (Swimming) were selected and represented the DU Swimming Club at this competition. Enda Kelleher from the DU Ultimate Frisbee Club was selected to represent Ireland at the World U23 Championships during the summer in Toronto Canada. The DU Volleyball Club won the CUSAI league this year which was held in Limerick in March 2013.

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11. Club Survey

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Following on from the survey carried out in the last academic year, the Club Representatives of the DUCAC Executive Committee, the Hon Secretary and the Hon Treasurer carried out a survey aimed at the club officers (Captain, Secretary & Treasurer) with the following objective: “To monitor clubs’ understanding and satisfaction with the services provided by DUCAC, the Pavilion Bar and the Department of Sport, so as to identify potential improvements and opportunities.” This was an anonymous survey in which 58 respondents (out of a possible 147) answered the questionnaire; this shows a 39% participation rate. This number is down 33% from 87 respondents in the previous year despite several email reminders to club officers and the opportunity for all respondents to be entered into a draw to win a weekend for two in The Cork International Hotel or one of ten goodie bags. It is very difficult to compare to last year due to the reduction in number completing the survey. The three main areas addressed in the survey included DUCAC, the Pavilion Bar and the Department of Sport. 1. General 61% of respondents were male, 39% were female. A slight increase in the percentage of female participation over last year. As expected most officers are in their Sophister years (61%), with just 5% in their Junior Freshman year. 6% of participants said they spend over 12 hours per week on their club officer duties, while 23% commit 4-6 hours and 22% commit less than 2 hours per week. Officers were asked to rank five objectives for sport at Trinity in order of importance. The most important object was identified as Student Club Sport, followed by Health and Wellbeing, Performance Sports, Recreational Sport with Community Sport deemed of least importance. Overall 78% of respondents said that the sport facilities adequately provide for students, through 72% said that the facilities could be improved. Officers were asked for one word that they would include in vision for sport at Trinity College. Words such as development, facilities, investment and growth. Other responses hinted at the importance of the community side of sport where they included inclusivity, community, diversity, encouragement and participation.

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Responses to the statement “Overall I am happy with the service provided by DUCAC” roughly similar to those from 2012 and 2011. 77% either agreed or strongly agreed (75% in 2012 and 70% in 2011). 10% disagreed with the statement.

Percentage

2. DUCAC

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Overall I am happy with the service provided by DUCAC 80 60 40 20 0 Strongly Neutral Strongly Agree Disagree

When presented with the statement “The DUCAC Office Opening hours of 9:30am - 4:00pm, Monday Friday suit me”, 56% said that they either agreed or Response strongly agreed with the statement with 22% disagreeing or strongly disagreeing, this is roughly the same as last year (57% and 23% respectively). DUCAC 2013 2012 has found that the main reason that students disagree with the opening hours are students who are not on campus and would like to visit the office after 5pm. Unfortunately DUCAC does not have the resources to provide this at present. Responses to the statement “In my experience in dealing with DUCAC my query is always resolved”, were the same as both 2012 and 2011. 65% either agreed or strongly agreed (65% in both 2012 and 2011) and 17% either disagreed or strongly disagreed (the same as 2012). The participants were asked “Are you happy with the following communication streams used by DUCAC: 1) email 2) phone 3) website 4) facebook 5) noticeboard and 6) twitter. 88% found the email to be good or very good (86% in 2012), 46% were happy with the phone, down from 60% in 2012. 64% found facebook to be good or very good, improving on last year where 41% answered neutral. As in 2012, the majority answered neutral for noticeboard and twitter. When asked to rate the staff under various headings, most selected good or very good. 83% thought this about availability (89% in 2012), 73% thought this about friendliness (83% last year), 66% thought this about knowledge (down from 76% last year) and 74% thought this about efficiency (a 3% improvement on last year). Officers were asked to give a suggestion as to how DUCAC could enhance the service it provides to your club. Some common suggestions were given. • Funding and facilities was an issue for some officers. Unfotunately DUCAC has a finite amount of funding each year, but DUCAC supports clubs in their pursuit of fundraising opportunities, particularly alumni engagement. DUCAC works with the Department of Sport to improve facilities for our sport clubs. • Opening hours were an issue also, particularly for those with long student hours. A numbers of responses suggested opening the office later one evening a week, perhaps until 6pm. Also that lunch would be from 12-1pm or 2-3pm so students can come in during their own lunchtime. DUCAC is open from 9.30am to 4pm daily. There are times when DUCAC will be closed over lunch due to meetings and/or holidays. DUCAC will review the option of opening one night per week until 6pm. • Better, more open and timely communication. One suggested annual or biennial meetings with the club to check in with them, or for visits to a training session to offer advice. Some would like to see greater DUCAC attendance at major club events. One secretary felt that secretaries should be included in the officer training at the start of the year. It is anticipated that DUCAC will host a secretary’s workshop in the coming year. Club representatives on the DUCAC executive are encouraged to attend club training sessions in order to informally support sport clubs. • More acknowledgement and encouragement, particularly towards the smaller clubs. • Safe storage of bikes was an issue also. There is storage provided for bikes for the Cycling Club. Other than this, bikes can be locked to the many bicycle racks in College. DUCAC does not have control over their security. 16 | P a g e


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As in 2012, increased integration for the club representatives was suggested.

As above.

The majority of respondents knew the function and composition of the DUCAC Executive Committee and were familiar with the election process to the DUCAC Executive Committee. 37% of respondents agreed that their club was represented appropriately on the DUCAC Executive Committee.. As in previous years, when asked “Why is student input at the DUCAC Executive Committee important to you?”, responses generally felt that it helped their voices to be heard. DUCAC services cater for the students and it was clear from the responses that officers felt that transparency between DUCAC and its student body is paramount. When asked “What would encourage you to attend the DUCAC AGM”, some responses indicated that greater notice and promotion would help. Some students indicated that they would like to see a more detailed agenda prior to the meeting. • Department of Sport An increase of 7% of club officers, on last year, agreed or strongly agreed that overall they were happy with the service provided by the Department of Sport. 50 The sports facilities provided are adequate

Club Officers were asked to rate the Department of Sport staff under the following headings; availability, friendliness, knowledge and efficiency. The majority of people selected good or very good for all these categories.

for you/your club to train and compete at

Value Title

36% of participants use the facilities 3-4 times a week and 24% used them more than 5 times a week.

40 30 20 10 0

Sports Centre

Santry

Rifle Range

Club Storage Facilities

Facility Agree or Strongly Agree

Disagree or Strongly Disagree Officers were presented with the statement; “The Sports facilities provided are adequate for you/your club to train and compete at”. The results were variable. 66% agreed or strongly agreed that the Sports Centre was adequate. A number disagreed or strongly disagreed that College Park and Santry were adequate. Department of Sport, in conjunction with DUCAC is currently renovating the Rugby Pitch and have approval for phase 1 works at Santry. Club’s storage facilities were highlighted as inadequate Club Officers were asked for suggestions on how to improve the service provided by the Department of Sport. Other than the improvements highlighted above, some club officers expressed an interest in receiving advice on nutrition and fitness.

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• Pavilion Bar

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Overall, 88% were happy with the service provided by the Pavilion Bar with 29% attending less than once a month (23% in 2012 and 21% in 2011), 53% 2-4 times a month (47% in 2012 and 43% in 2011), 14% once a week (27% in 2012 and 21% in 2011) and 3% 2-4 times a week The majority (90%) said they go there to socialise, 73% go for club events, 31% go for food, 17% to view sports on TV and 2% go for tea and coffee. This is very similar to last year though 44% said they went for food last year. Respondents were asked to rate the staff under the headings of availability, friendliness and efficiency. 88% rated availability as good or very good. 78% rated friendliness as good or very good and 14% as poor or very poor (down from 25% last year). Club Officers were asked what would encourage them to go to the Pavilion Bar more often. Common responses included lower prices, more events, healthier food, more seating, later opening hours, the purchase of outdoor heaters was a very common suggestion. 71% said the food was good, very good or excellent. They were asked for suggestions as to what food to serve. Sandwiches and salads were a common suggestion. 87% of clubs only use the Pavilion Bar 3 times or less a semester, this is similar to last year (when it was 90%) and should be addressed. 91% of respondents were aware that profits from the Pavilion Bar go directly to support DUCAC.

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12. Sport Scholarships

Twenty students were awarded Sports Scholarships by Trinity College Dublin at a presentation on November 28th last. Amongst the recipients are 3rd year student Natalya Coyle (Modern Pentathlon) and Freshman Scott Flanigan (Sailing), both of whom participated at the ultimate sporting stage in London this summer at the Olympic Games. Presented by double Olympic Hockey medallist and CEO of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Dr Stephen Martin, MBE, a total of 11 sports are represented in this year’s list of awards. Through the Sports Scholarship Programme talented sports students are offered a comprehensive support package to assist with their aspiration of sporting excellence alongside academic achievement. Natalya

Coyle,

Trinity

Sports

Scholarship

recipient and Olympian, Prof Cyril Smyth, Chairman, DUCAC, Dr Stephen Martin (MBE), CEO,

Olympic

Council

of

Ireland,

Scott

Flanigan, Trinity Sports Scholarship recipient and Olympian and Michelle Tanner, Head of Sport and Recreation, TCD. Natalya Coyle was the first female to represent Ireland in Modern Pentathlon at the Olympics and achieved an amazing 9th place finish on the final day of competition in London. Natalya’s ability to balance the rigours of competing at the highest level, alongside academic commitments, is made possible by the flexibility afforded to her by Trinity College in respect of her studies.

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Fellow Olympian Scott Flanigan is a first-time recipient of a Trinity Sports Scholarship having deferred his entry to Trinity for a year to concentrate on qualification and competing at the Games in London. Scott was the youngest competitor in the 470 Class event and his sights are now very firmly set on Rio Games in 2016. The list of the 2012/13 academic Sports Scholarship recipients reflects a depth of talent at club, county, provincial and national level. The recipients are: Air Rifle shooter and PhD student Aisling Miller who receives her second scholarship award and is joined in her sport this year by Victoria Mullin from Surrey; Jack Reynolds and David Minihane who are recognised for their achievements in Association Football and five GAA awards were made to Jacinta Brady (Ladies Football), Tomas Corrigan, Daragh Daly and Stephen Cunningham (Men’s Football) and Waterford’s Paul Coughlan (Hurling); Harvard University graduate Brian Hill (Athletics), Stephen Ludgate, Connor Montgomery, Eanna Horan and Nicola Walsh (Hockey), Brian Meehan (Karate), Tom Brennan and Iomhar MacGiolla Phadraig (Kayak) and Rosalind Hussey (Orienteering).

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13. Pinks

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The awarding of University Colours, as distinct from Club Colours, was debated for some years in D.U.C.A.C. before a scheme initiated by Terence Millin, a captain of one of Trinity’s greatest Rugby XV’s and afterwards a famous Harley Street surgeon, was accepted in 1927-28. The Pink awarded to Trinity sportsmen and sportswomen in designed to correspond, although not exactly, to the Light Blue of Cambridge and the Dark Blue at Oxford. Pinks are awarded by the Captains Committee. The DUCAC standing Committee comments on the standards and on the actual nominations along with guidance from National Governing Bodies where necessary. In 2012-13 the following were awarded Pinks: Natalya Coyle: Modern Pentathlon Natalya finished 9th in the Modern Pentathlon at the 2012 London Olympic Games and in 2013 became the first Irish woman to win a Modern Pentathlon world cup event. She was also the first Irish woman to qualify for the modern pentathlon world cup finals and the first Irish woman to qualify to compete in the modern pentathlon in the Olympic Games.

Rebecca Deasy, Ladies Boat Rebecca was a member of the Women’s Intermediate 8 that won the National Championship in 2010 and was selected to represent Ireland in the home countries international in both 2010 and 2011 in the senior four and senior eight. She was a member of the womens senior crew that competed in the quarter finals at the Henley royal regatta in 2010,2011 and 2012. Rebecca has also achieved 15 wins at senior four+ and senior 8+ in rowing regattas between 2009 and 2012

Rosalind Hussey, Orienteering Rosalind has represented Ireland in orienteering at world championships three times, once at the European championship and once at world university championship over middle and sprint distances. In 2012 she became the only 3rd Irish woman to qualify from heats to the final of the European Orienteering sprint championship. She has consistently been the gold or silver medallist at both provincial and national orienteering championships for the last three years.

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The annual Association Football (Soccer) Presidents ( John Murphy ) match took place on Saturday 8th December 2012 in College Park. The Presidents XI consisted of players that spanned 5 decades from the 1970s to the present decade, while the Graduates XI comprised of players from more recent times. A thoroughly entertaining match finished 3-2 to the Presidents XI and everyone then retired to the Pavilion Bar to nurse their injuries and recount stories from bygone years. A large crowd of well wishers joined the players for drinks and finger food, followed by a few speeches and presentations. This year’s Anna Liffey Dinner (DU Ladies Boat Club) took place on 30th March and was attended by 46 members and alumni. On what turned out to be a beautiful evening following racing earlier that day at Dublin Head of the River, DULBC ladies clad in black, pink and an ever increasing number of blazers took a walk down memory lane as they descended upon the Boathouse in Islandbridge. This year there was a fantastic mix of alumni attending ranging from those who graduated last year, in the last 5 years, 10 years and as far back as the first DULBC members from the 1970s. The bar (scrubbed hastily after training that morning!) filled quickly with many alumni bringing albums of photos and newspaper clippings to show each other and gave quite a few of us a history lesson on the earliest days of the club. The changing rooms in the telephone room and one sink instead of our row of showers were just a few small changes mentioned! Before the sun set we moved outdoors for a well overdue boat naming ceremony and some retakes of photos taken a few years back!

Following the boat naming and club photo the party retreated to the Long Room for dinner followed by a further Captain’s speech, a toast and the “presentation” of the newly updated Captains’ board from 2006 to present. President Laura McDermott also addressed the room and spoke about the fun nature of DULBC, how great friendships and camaraderie has formed throughout the last 37 years of the club and how we can give back to the club by helping out with coaching and staying in touch. A lovely evening was concluded with 2012 Captain Rebecca Dowling announcing the winner of the raffle for a Sir Steve Redgrave signed DULBC mug to Anne McMonagle after which some of the group retired to the bar to catch up. The evening was concluded with a night out to Harcourt Street for those brave enough! In November DU Boat Club held a dinner in the Stephens Green Hibernian Club to celebrate the achievements of the Intermediate squad the preceding season. A hugely successful year for the group had culminated in the winning of National Championships in the Intermediate 8 and 4+ categories. The dinner was well attended by approximately 60 Old Members from throughout the years. There was a great atmosphere as oarsmen from different generations mingled and recounted stories of past glory. The Trinity Camogs Old Girls event has been gaining momentum year on year since it first started 2 years ago. This year, the match was held in Clanna Gael on Saturday the 8th December at 1pm. Due to work and other commitments, numbers for both sides were short for the match, but that didn’t dampen the craic and 22 | P a g e


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competitiveness of the day. After a catch up in the dressing rooms, teams of 12 a side were made – post grads and first, second and third years versus old girls and fourth years. Seamus Conboy refereed the 20 minute a side game. With 2 former captains in Rachel Ruddy and Roisin O’Grady and this year’s captain Aine Murphy on the same team, the old girls and fourth years were still unable to hold off the post grad team, with new comers such as Allie Kelly and Emma O’Connor helped their team to victory. That evening the girls then headed to our sponsors Kennedy’s for food, where more girls who couldn’t make the match, such as Liz Grenaham, made an appearance. The girls then ended the night in typical Camogs style – on the dance floor in coppers! All in all a great day was had, catching up and reminiscing about good times had as part of being a member of the Trinity Camogs. The event has grown each year, and next year there will be a big push again to get the numbers up. The first Fencing Club alumni event was held in conjunction with the Duffy Memorial Trophy, in November 2012, where almost fifty alumni from the past thirty years attended as well as guest of honour Shirley Duffy. A three course meal, refreshments and speeches were enjoyed by all who attended with many memories shared and recalled of everyone’s time in the club. More information can be found in the clubs newsletter; http://www.fencing.tcdlife.ie/newsletters/2013-06.pdf. The annual Trinity Hurling Old Boys match took place on Saturday, 8th December 2012, on the pristine front pitch at Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club in Ringsend. Strong performances from last year’s stars and first-time Old Boys Martin Phelan and Aaron Hurley helped the Old Boys to a rare victory over the current team. The Old Boys certainly enjoyed recording their first win in many years. After the match the Old Boys dinner took place in Wynns Hotel. Old Boys Secretary Fergal Landy thanked the large attendance of Old Boys for their continued support of the Old Boys and in particular their support of the Old Boys Scholarship Fund. Now in its third year, the Scholarship Fund supports a number of players each year and is playing a large part in raising the standard of Hurling in Trinity. Knights of the Campanile hosted a sell-out event in February at the Kildare and University Club. This was held in their traditional date prior to the English Rugby Match. A new focus on the Alumni of the Sailing Club came about this year with the new committee position of Alumni and International Relations Officer. Four teams of 6 Alumni and 3 student teams entered the day’s racing in December last year. On the day, the Club were lucky to have an 8-14 knots breeze and sunny conditions. The three rounds of the final left the Alumni narrowly beating the student, claiming the title of the first inaugural event. Racing was followed by a black tie evening in the Royal St. George Yacht Club, which allowed for a more social arena for reunions between past and current members of the club. The entire day was a great success and the club hope to establish a tradition for years to come.

Swimming Club hosted their first ever alumni event in the Sports Centre in November 2012. It was a huge success and the club welcomed back over 50 Alumni from all over the world, spanning 4 different decades. The day started with the womens waterpolo team taking on a graduates team. The students unfortunately lost on this occasion with a final score of 11-5 to the graduates. The event switched discipline for the swimming gala where they competed in a mixed relay team. These events belonged once more to the alumni. The gala finished up in the usual DU Swimming Club lightheartedness as alumni and students teamed up for a series and relays and fun races. The fine game saw the event suddenly turn competitive for the men’s waterpolo team. Former Captain Sean O’Reilly put the 23 | P a g e


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alumni on level terms and then son it for the Alumni with a minute remaining (8-9). The day wrapped up in the most familiar of student haunts, the Pavilion Bar where a meal was held and the alumni could revel in their victories of the day. More information can be found in the clubs newsletter; http://www.ducac.tcdlife.ie/assets/pdf/201213/Swimming%20&%20Waterpolo/DU%20Swimming%20Club%20Newsletter%20-%202013.pdf

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15. Alumni Engagement

DUCAC, in conjunction with the Alumni Office, launched the Sports Club Alumni Appeal in September 2012. Four clubs were involved and met the appropriate criteria in terms of communication and engagement with their Alumni. Approximately 30 gifts were received to the amount of 3,500 euro. DUCAC and Sport Clubs agreed to give 20% of funds raised, towards the Sports Scholarship Scheme as it directly benefits Sport Clubs and the balance would be spent on development already identified by the Clubs and agreed through DUCAC. The second appeal was carried out in May/June this year where ten clubs have participated. Greater awareness of the appeal was sent to Alumni through Club Alumni Newsletters and the Clubs Alumni Events. It is expected that this will have a larger return. It is also hoped that Clubs will directly liaise with their alumni in terms of this appeal into the future to create one on one links with our Club Alumni creating greater networks in the Sport Club family. A full review of these appeals will be carried out at the start of the new academic year to ensure that we are engaging with our Alumni in the best possible way. Meetings will take place at the start of the academic year with clubs who are engaging with their alumni to put together a timetable of activities for next year.

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16. Community Commitment

The DU GAA Clubs trained this season again at Clanna Gael, Fontenoy facilities. As part of the partnership, the GAA students offered Clanna Gael members assistance such as grids and educational support to their juvenile members, coaching underage team and running of coaching camps over school holidays. The Gaelic Development Officer coorganised a Halloween camp for the children at the club building on the success from the year before, with numbers close to 200. The camp lasted 3 days and the DU GAA Clubs provided coaches. This was a major success and great to see our students helping young children learn the skills of the game. The Coaches were excellent and made it really enjoyable for attendees and brought a great variety of skills to the camp.

On Sunday the 18th of November, about 12 DU Golf Club members took 17 volunteers and 28 Vincent de Paul kids to Kinsealy Driving range just outside Portmarnock. It's a day that is very much anticipated every year by both the kids and the golf team! The Club met them at the dart station in Portmarnock at 2:30pm and they were already full of energy and eager to get golfing. A dozen bays were made available at the driving range and members of the Golf Club brought their own clubs for the kids to use. The kids were divided into groups, most stayed upstairs hitting golf balls but some went downstairs the artificial putting green where they held putting competitions for sweets! The kids (and some of the volunteers!) hit over 2500 golf balls in the two short hours that they were at the range. The Club gave instruction to the kids that wanted it but mostly just let them hit it as hard and far as they could! When it began to get dark the kids were shuttled back to the bus stop so they could get home in time for dinner! A great day had by all. The DU Squash Club continued their success from last year and worked with City Quay National School. The Club trained their students in coaching children and Trinity hosted City Quay’s 6th Class for five weeks on Thursdays from 11am – 12pm as part of the Class curriculum.

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The first ever Santa Dash, organised by the Department of Sport and Recreation, was started by DUCAC Chairman Cyril Smyth on 12th December 2012. The event was sponsored by Kukri and each category winner received a prize. DU Harriers Irene Gorman took the 1st place in the female student category alongside Liam Tremble who came in 1st for the male student prize. Peter O’Connell was the 1st Male staff over the line with Dean of Students Amanda Piesse placing first for female staff.

The Annual University Boat Race coin toss took place at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday 11th March 2013. President Michael D Higgins tossed the coins in DUBC and DULBC’s favour with both choosing to start at the North Station on the Liffey. The races were held on Saturday 16th March as part of the St Patrick’s Day Festival, starting at O’Connell Bridge and finished outside St James’s Gate. Unfortunately the races didn’t go Trinity’s way with the Novice Ladies the only winner of the day.

The DU Boxing Club hosted Colours this year in the Exam Hall in February. They were unfortunately to loose against UCD.

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The DU Cycling Club, in partnership with Cycle4haiti charity, held an intimate evening with Double Olympic Gold Medalist and Strictly Come Dancing Star Victoria Pendleton. RTE sports broadcaster Darren Frehill interviews Victoria on the night about her Olympic career, training regime and the future for Victoria. The event was held in March in the Pavilion and following by her interview in the Ed Burke Theatre in College. The DU Trampoline Club hosted their Intervarsity Competition in the Sports Centre in Trinity College over the weekend of 16th November 2012. Individual competitors completed two warm up routines and two scored routines, ten moves in each, within ability levels ranging from novice (no somersaults) all the way to elite (minimum of 7 somersaults). The two competition routines were comprised of one set routine, devised in levels specifically for the competition by our head coach Ciaran O’Neill, and one voluntary routine, where the gymnasts were allowed to complete any ten moves they wished within a certain difficulty level or tariff. The scores from these two routines and the tariff were added together to form the individual total score, and ranking within ability level. The set scores of each individual from each team were added together to form the total score for the team in order to ascertain who had won the shield. Trinity as a team performed well, considering that the committee had had very little time to focus on training and coaching with the sheer level of organisational duties that come with hosting a competition for eight University teams (200 competitors plus spectators!) from around Ireland. We came in third place in total for the shield, with the majority of our competitors placing within the top 10 in their categories. Owen Vahey also achieved a bronze medal in the intermediate men category. The Saturday night then comprised of a medal ceremony in the Pavilion, where unfortunately UCD took the shield, which showcased the best of TCD hospitality, followed by a well-deserved night out. Sunday followed with a later 11am start for the synchronised competition. This slightly more informal competition saw mixed and single gender teams of two from any club competing within the same ability levels as the main competition, but with the added synchronisation score. This score related to how matched the gymnasts were, both in timing, height of bounce, and shape in the air. Trinity again performed well with a TCD team of Danny Finn and Fiona Dolan taking the silver medal in the advanced category. Kate O’Neill, Competitions Officer 2012/2013 Intervarsity

Table Tennis I/V - awaiting report from Catriona

Judo I/V – awaiting report from Catriona

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Many of our sport clubs host bake sales in the Arts Building throughout the year. This included the Sub Aqua Club who made whale cup cakes which can be seen in the enclosed photograph. This is a great way for the Club to work together and to generate some recurrent expenditure for the Club.

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Sport Clubs were central at the Alumni Awards which were awarded by the Provost at a reception in the College Dining Hall in May this year. Three out of the four awardees where prominent in DUCAC Sport Clubs during their student years at Trinity College.

John Pearson, Siobhán Parkinson, The Provost, Hugh MacKeown and Paul Coulson

Paul Coulson is one of Trinity’s most successful graduates of the last 50 years. Hailing from a family that has been associated with Trinity for several generations, Paul passed his examinations but learnt at least as much from combining his two main interests: sport and entrepreneurship. At Trinity he played hockey, squash and tennis. He was Secretary of DUCAC and captained the Hockey Club in 197273. He earned a Pink for tennis and was elected a Knight of the Campanile. Paul was a key figure in developing the Pavilion bar, which now provides significant income for DUCAC and he restructured the Trinity Ball and returned it to profitability by making it more accessible to the wider student body. He highlighted, in his speech, that he learnt a lot of his business skills being involved in DUCAC while a student at Trinity College After qualifying as an accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers, he founded the firm Bates Coulson & Co and then later moved into the international leasing business by setting up Yeoman International Group in 1982. In 1998 Paul acquired a stake in Ardagh plc which then operated a single glass plant in Dublin. Today, much of what you drink, anywhere in the world, comes out of an Ardagh product. The company is now one of the world’s leading suppliers of rigid packaging to the food and beverage and consumer poducts industries. Ardagh recently agreed to buy the US glass packaging operations of Saint-Gobain. Following this transaction Ardagh will have worldwide sales of approximately $7 billion and will operate 113 production facilities located in 25 countries across five continents with approximately 22,500 employees. Paul has been Chairman of Ardagh since 1998, and now lives in Paris.

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He particularly highlighted the importance of being involved in Sport Clubs at Trinity and stated that much of what he learnt through his sport club involvement put him in good stead to reach his full potential in the business world today. Hugh MacKeown is one of Ireland’s most successful business people. During his 50 year tenure with the Musgrave Group, he transformed his family’s business from a small provincial company into a major multinational supporting over 50,000 jobs. Hugh was born in India where his father worked in the Civil Services. He was educated at Radley College England and at Trinity College Dublin where he graduated in 1965 with a degree in History and Political Science. During his time at Trinity he gained his colours in golf, rugby, tennis and squash. Hugh joined Musgrave Brothers Limited, his mother’s family company in Cork, and by 1968 was appointed to the Board. He served as Chief Executive of Musgrave until 1997, when he became non-executive Chairman, a post he held until 2011. Hugh was also the founding chairman of the Wholesale Grocer’s Trade Association, IADT, the representative body for the independent food retailers and wholesalers in Ireland. During his career with Musgrave, Hugh oversaw the introduction and rollout of the iconic SuperValue and Centra brands, growing market share of c. 4% in 1980 to 25% today. During that period, he substantially refocused the business and expanded into the United Kingdom and Spanish retail sectors, and increased turnover from €7 million to €4.9 billion per year. Hugh played golf for Ireland as an amateur at youths, full and senior levels, representing Ireland in 1966, 1973, 2001, 2005 and 2008 when the team was victorious in the Home Internationals in Lahinch. In sailing, he won the combined British and Irish Championship of the Nation 18 foot class in 1983, in Findhorn, Scotland. John Crawte Pearson arrived at Trinity College in 1952. He was very involved with the Boat Club and in 1954 he was part of the Trinity crew that won the Senior VIII Championships of Ireland. He was also Captain of Boats and he is currently a Vice President of the Club. He continues to support the Boat Club and can be seen at Henley Royal Regatta every year. He also served as Secretary of DUCAC and in such capacity helped to introduce the capitation fee for clubs and societies. He received B.A. and LL.B degrees from the University of Dublin and following this qualified as a Solicitor in England and started his own practice in 1963. He was heavily involved in local affairs as President of the Mid-Surrey Law Society and Chairman of the Kingston-upon-Thames Group of the Citizen Advice Bureaux. John has always had a passion for encouraging young people to realize their full potential and this has been a keynote of his involvement with Trinity over many years. He was instrumental in setting up the London Trust for Trinity College (subsequently the UK Trust) as a charity and has been a Trustee since 1980. In addition to his work as a leading volunteer, John has also contributed considerable funding to a range of projects in College – including Students Clubs and Societies, the Library and Ph.D. Research Projects. Most recently, his support has been instrumental in establishing a new flagship initiative in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy – the Grattan Scholars.

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19. In Memoriam – Trevor West In Memoriam

Timothy Trevor West (1938 – 2012)

A Tribute by Cyril J Smyth, Chairman D.U.C.A.C.

Timothy Trevor West was born on 8th May, 1938 in Midleton, Co. Cork. Trinity College, sport and sports’ administration were already in his genes. His father, Timothy West, was a graduate of Dublin University (B.A. 1924, M.A. 1929). After graduation Timothy Snr. taught at Mountjoy School where he coached the Senior Rugby XV. He played rugby with Wanderers RFC and became Captain in 1925–26. He gained three caps for Leinster in the back row. He was also Hon. Secretary of the Leinster Schools Rugby Football Committee before taking up his appointment as headmaster of Midleton College, Co. Cork, in 1928, a post he held until 1960. Midleton College prospered under his leadership. High sporting and academic standards were pursued and achieved. Timothy Snr. continued his rugby career with Cork Constitution RFC. He then applied his rugby experience and expertise to refereeing. Timothy Snr. attained inter-provincial referee status when he refereed the Connacht v Leinster match in 1939. He was elected Hon. President of Cork Constitution RFC in 1939–40. He was a founding member of the Munster Schools Rugby Football Committee and was to remain its Hon. Secretary for 40 years. Timothy Snr. became Hon. President of the Munster Branch IRFU in 1962–63, the season in which Munster won its fourth outright Inter-provincial Championship. Trevor West was educated at Midleton College to Intermediate Certificate level. He completed his secondary education at The High School, Dublin. Trevor entered Trinity College Dublin in 1956. He was elected to Scholarship in Pure Mathematics in 1958 and celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his election at the New Scholars’ and Fellows’ Dinner in 2008. He graduated B.A. with 1st Class Honours in Mathematics in 1960. Trevor West was awarded a prestigious Overseas Scholarship by the Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851 to study for his PhD at St John’s College, 2 University of Cambridge. The Great Exhibition of 1851 was held in The Crystal Palace, London. The exhibition was a popular and financial success, making a surplus of £186,000 (approximately £21M in 2012). A trust fund, established and administered by the 1851 Royal Commissioners, provides scholarships, fellowships and grants for research in science and engineering. Trevor’s research supervisor was Dr Frank Smithies, F.R.S.E., a distinguished mathematician who has been described as “the father of functional analysis in Great Britain”. Smithies had a reputation for pointing his students to areas of mathematical research where he had a shrewd inkling that interesting problems existed. He guided T.T. West into the field of operators, i.e., symbols or functions representing mathematical operations (the actions or procedures which produce new values from one or more input values). After graduating from Cambridge, Trevor’s first academic appointment was to the Department of Mathematics in the University of Glasgow. He then taught at the University of California, Los Angeles [UCLA] before joining the staff of the Department of Pure Mathematics in Trinity College as a Lecturer in October 1966. In this role he succeeded in teaching mathematics to large classes of engineers with panache, enthusiasm, and repartee. He was elected a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 1970 and to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy in 1972. Trevor was promoted to Associate Professor of Mathematics in 1977. He became a Senior Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2000. Trevor formally retired from the Department of Mathematics in September 2004. His 38 years on the staff of the Department were celebrated with a Westfest symposium on 19–20 December 2005. Trevor’s principal research 32 | P a g e


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field was operator theory. One of his seminal papers in 1966, published in Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, was entitled “Operators with a single spectrum”. In life, however, Trevor was an operator with a kaleidoscopic spectrum of talents which he brought to bear on the multitude of functions he undertook both in Trinity College and in wider Irish community. Trevor served as an Assistant Junior Dean from 1968 to 1970 and then as Junior Dean and Registrar of Chambers from 1974 to 1978. In addition, he was a Reserve Assistant Junior Dean from 1983 to 1986 and from 1997 to 2004. He was by all accounts a JD very much in the tradition and mould of R.B. McDowell and Brendan Kennelly. His active engagement in sport in College gave him great insight into the antics of students. His strong understanding of and relationship with students earned him their esteem and respect. Trevor served on the Board of the College as a representative of the Junior Fellows from 1984–88, 1992–94 and 1999–2000 and as an elected member for the Fellows’ and Fellow Professors’ constituency from 2000–04. He was a member of the Central Fellowship Committee from 1987–90, of the Foundation Scholarship–Central Scholarship Committee from 1988–96 and of the Chapel Committee from 1991–96. He was Chairman of the Fellows from 1990–93. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the TCD Trust from 1975 to 1987 and, following the amalgamation of the TCD Trust and the TCD Association 3 into the TCD Association and Trust in 1987, a member of its Standing Committee through to his retirement in 2004. Trevor West was, with a brief break, one of Dublin University’s three Senators for twelve years. He was elected to the 12thSeanad Éireann (1969–1973) on 19 November 1970 at a by-election for the University of Dublin constituency occasioned by the death of Dr Owen Sheehy-Skeffington, Department of French, who had served as a member of the 8th 9th, 11th and 12th Seanad Éireann. He was re-elected to the 13th Seanad in 1973 and to the 14th Seanad in 1977. Trevor lost his seat in the 1981 election, but was re-elected to the 16th Seanad (1982–83). He lost his seat again at the 1983 election. He was throughout his time in Seanad Éireann an Independent Senator. Along with his fellow Trinity Senator Mary Robinson he championed many social issues including the liberalisation of the availability of contraception. During his period as a Senator he was placed under considerable pressure to choose between his academic career in Trinity and a career in politics. However Provost F.S.L. Lyons supported the principle of people in Trevor’s position being able to contribute to Irish governance without resigning their main occupations. From 1980–82 Senator West was President of the Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations, a body dedicated to the promotion of communication, understanding and co-operation between all people of Ireland, North and South. Trevor earnestly believed that sport was a major vehicle for breaking down sectarian passion and prejudice. He also engaged actively in the peace process, with possible risk to himself, to get the paramilitary organisations within the Unionist community, the UDA and UDF, to the talks’ table to break the cycle of violence, intimidation, and revenge killings. Trevor’s own sporting forte was cricket. He played for County Cork, Phoenix and Munster. He was a useful, lower order to middle order batsman and a leg spinner bowler. In 1961, while he was at Cambridge, he toured Ireland with Peterhouse College. On 21 June against the Dublin University XI, he took 4/40 in College Park, including the wicket of his brother John, leg before for a single run, and held two catches. Having dismissed D.U.C.C. for 144 runs, Peterhouse went on to win by a wicket in an exciting and tense finish with the last Cambridge pair on the pitch. For the record Trevor scored 7 runs in Peterhouse’s 145 total. Trevor West’s contributions to College sport and to Irish University sport have been considerable. He served for 43 years on the Dublin University Central Athletic Club Executive Committee from 1966. To this role he brought passion, drive, vitality, vibrancy, sparkle, energy and total commitment, attributes that would remain with him 33 | P a g e


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throughout his years of service to sport in College. Trevor succeeded Simon Newman as Hon. Treasurer of D.U.C.A.C. in 1967, a post he would occupy for nine years. He ably helped to fend off College’s plans to build residences on the rugby pitch in 1970–71. He saw the need for a permanent secretary in the D.U.C.A.C.office and was instrumental in the appointment of Joan Taylor to that post in 1970. In 4 1961 the Pavilion Bar had opened with very limited opening hours and trading conditions by edict of the Board. In 1971 Trevor, with Aidan Duggan and Paul Coulson, examined the feasibility of setting up the Pavilion Bar with regular trading hours and adequate facilities. This was brought to fruition in 1972 with the appointment of a permanent steward. In 1975 the Students’ Union tried to seize control of the disbursement of the Capitation Fund through a student referendum. Trevor mobilised support from the College’s sporting community to defeat the referendum. When John V. Luce retired as Chairman of D.U.C.A.C., Trevor was the obvious choice as his successor, becoming only the 4th Chairman after William E. Thrift [1919–37], Harry Thrift [1937–56] and John V. Luce [1956–76]. Trevor stepped down as Chairman of D.U.C.A.C. in 2009 after 33 years in the post, the longest serving incumbent. As Chairman of D.U.C.A.C. he oversaw the development of the Luce Hall Sports Centre project to its completion. Trevor served as Hon. President of Dublin University Association Football Club from 1968 to 1971. He was Hon. President of Dublin University Cricket Club from 1974 to 1980 and again from 1983 to 1984,during which periods he worked hard to strengthen the Club’s profile in College. He was instrumental in an Irish Universities XI first competing against the Leprechauns in College Park in July 1972. He also umpired the Universities v Leprechauns matches for several years. The Irish Universities Cricket Association was founded two years later. Trevor was a driving force in the development of the Irish Universities Cricket tournament. This led to an Irish Universities team, drawn from all Irish Universities, being allowed to compete in the British Universities Championship, replacing a team drawn solely from Queen’s University of Belfast and the University of Ulster. Trevor West, Murray Power (QUB) and Alan Sharp (UU) argued that such an Irish Universities team would be fitter for the stiff opposition in the British Universities Championship than a team drawn from only the two Northern University Clubs. The fruits of these endeavours led to the Irish Universities XI winning the British Championship in 1986 and 1988 and to the successful hosting of the British Championships in Dublin in 1985. Upon the completion of the Luce Hall, Trevor West pushed for the appointment of a Physical Recreation Officer. In January 1981, Terence McAuley took up this post. He was promoted to Facilities Officer in 1985, including responsibility for sports facilities. Trevor had taught Terry mathematics during his undergraduate years. The pair developed a very close working synergy over their 28 years together in sport in Trinity. The need for a larger and better equipped Sport Centre in College became critical in the 1990’s with the considerable expansion in student numbers. To raise funds towards the project a referendum for a Sports Levy, to be paid by all students over five years, had to be passed. Trevor West again engaged persuasively with the College’s sporting community to ensure approval of the levy referendum by the student body. As a result, a substantial private donation to the College for a building that would benefit students in a non-academic sphere was earmarked for the project. The development of an all-weather hockey pitch at Santry was incorporated into the project. Terry and Trevor worked tirelessly together on the Sports Complex Planning Committee from 1998 through 2003 and subsequently on the North-East Corner Planning Committee once the decision for the joint construction of the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices [CRANN]–Sports Centre Complex was taken. He proudly saw the completion of the College’s new Sports Centre in 2007 and its official opening by the Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism, Séamus Brennan in April 2008. From Terry McAuley’s appointment as Director of Sport and Recreation in May 1999, Trevor West guided and facilitated the smooth transition of D.U.C.A.C.’s role in College sport and the transfer of many of D.U.C.A.C.’s erstwhile responsibilities to the Department of Sport.

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Trevor West’s influence on University sport was not restricted to Trinity College. He foresaw the need in the early 1980’s for better co-ordination and organisation of University Sport in Ireland, North and South. Together with fellow University Sports Administrators, he helped to found the Council for University Sports Administrators in Ireland [C.U.S.A.I.], becoming its first Hon. Secretary. Through Trevor, the nascent organisation was provided with office space in House 27 alongside D.U.C.A.C. From 1977–88 Trevor was Hon. Secretary of the Irish Universities Rugby Union, the representative body for University rugby union in Ireland. In 1978 he organised and accompanied the 25-strong Irish Universities team to New Zealand on its first ever tour which cost £23,000. The Dublin University members of the team were John Robbie (Captain), John Langbroek, Donal Spring, and Michael Gibson and the coach and assistant manager was Roland Meates. The team won six of their nine matches, some of which attracted crowds of up to 40,000 spectators. At Wellington they lost their first match 15–10 against New Zealand Universities, the only non-test side to have beaten the Lions the previous year. In the closing minutes the Irish were awarded a try by the referee but he then changed his mind, a decision which the Irish players accepted in the best sporting manner. The Irish Universities XV turned the tables in the second Universities test at Dunedin 18–4. The final match of the tour was against the New Zealand Colts, the New Zealand National U21 team, at Eden Park, Auckland, in a quagmire of mud, the Irish Universities XV winning 9–6. Trevor also organised and managed the Irish Universities rugby tour to Korea and Japan in 1987. He was proud of the fact that of the team of 26 players, nine were from Dublin University – Fergus Dunlea, John Sexton, Paul Bell, John Feehan, Patrick Kenny, John Collins, Mark Egan, Richard Murray, and Donal Sheehan, with former DU player Roly Meates again as Assistant Manager and Coach. The first match was against a South Korean Army XV in Soeul, won 15–12, followed by five games in Japan (one loss against Waseda University 16–15), culminating in a test against the full national Japan XV in Tokyo, which the Irish Universities XV won 24–12. Trevor toured subsequently with the Irish Universities teams to South Africa in 1994 and Australia in 1997. He was succeeded in the role of Hon. Secretary of the Irish University Rugby Union by his brother, John West, also a graduate of Trinity College, D.U.F.C. President 1999–2000, and an international rugby union referee. Trevor retained a deep affinity with his alma mater school, Midleton College. He became a Governor of Midleton College in 1974 in succession to his father, Timothy Snr., a role he would fulfil for 36 years. For 24 of those years he was Chairman of the Board of Governors. With the establishment of Midleton College Limited in October 2008, with responsibility for all financial matters relating to the College, he also served as a Director until November 2011. From November 1996 until June 2002 Trevor was a Director of the Sick and Indigent Roomkeepers’ Society (Incorporated), a charitable society for all religious persuasions founded in 1790 to relieve poverty in the City of Dublin. He served on the Council of the Royal Irish Academy from 1990 to 1994. Aside from his mathematical research papers, Trevor West authored several books. In 1986 he wrote a biography of Horace Plunkett, the founder of the Irish Cooperative movement – Horace Plunkett: Co-operation and Politics – An Irish Biography. In 1991 he published his history of Trinity’s sporting community which traced the development of the University’s Clubs and the contributions of Trinity’s sportsmen and sportswomen to the codification of sports and to the participation of women in sport – The Bold Collegians: The Development of Sport in Trinity College, Dublin. In 1996 he marked the tercentenary of his old school with a short history –Midleton College: A Tercentenary History. In 2003 Trevor edited a history of Dublin University Football Club to celebrate its sesquicentenary, the world’s oldest senior rugby club in continuous existence – Dublin University Football Club, 1854 – 2004: 150 years of Trinity Rugby. In 2006 Trevor related the two hundred years’ history in malting barley, primarily for Guinness, of the firm of John H. Bennett at Ballinacurra in Co Cork – Malting the Barley: John H. Bennett, The Man and His Firm. John H. Bennett was Trevor’s Step-Grandfather. The book brought Trevor back to his family roots and was very much a labour of love. 35 | P a g e


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Aside from The Bold Collegians, Trevor West contributed immensely to the rich sporting heritage of Trinity College, the legacy of which he can be justifiably proud. The anecdotal evidence of his sporting joie de vivre has become the subject of legend, whether true or not. Throughout his service to D.U.C.A.C. Trevor was generous in time and deed to sport and to sportsmen and sportswomen in College. He took a personal interest in Dublin University sports clubs and encouraged athletes in all sports. Trevor used his good offices to assist sporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds or students who were experiencing financial difficulties. He offered advice, used his network of contacts to assist, and smoothed out ruffled feathers over a pint of Guinness in the Pavilion Bar. He gave financial aid to students anonymously using trusted third parties. Over his 43 years he was the guiding handof D.U.C.A.C., always steady on the tiller in stormy weather. He developed many lifelong friendships with sporting alumni of the College, all of whom share D.U.C.A.C.’s profound sense of loss. Trevor was keen that the end of each sporting year in College should be celebrated with an ecumenical “Service for the Gift of Sport”. His favourite hymn to be sung by the College Choir on these occasions was “Non Nobis Domine”, the Olympic Hymn for the Opening ceremony of the XIV Summer Olympiad 7in London in 1948, wherein the poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1934 was set to music by Roger Quilter. During the celebrations of Trinity’s Quatercentenary in 1992 Trevor met Maura Lee when she was conducting interviews for RTE with various people in College on Trinity Life. She interviewed Trevor to gain an insight into Sport in College. They married in 1995 in the College Chapel. They commuted regularly between Midleton and Dublin enjoying each other’s company and hosting frequent dinner parties with great enthusiasm. Trevor West was not to be granted the long healthy years of retirement he richly deserved. He died peacefully on 30 October 2012. He will be sorely missed, not only within D.U.C.A.C. and Trinity College but also in wider Irish sporting circles, for his character, wisdom, spirit, humour, counsel, kindness and cráic. He greatly enjoyed the social aspects of sport, especially those hosted in College. His catch-phrase was “D.U.C.A.C. always throws the best parties” on these sorts of occasion. Trevor epitomised the often cited passage in John F. Kennedy’s inauguration address as President of the United States of America : “Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country”. In the many facets of Trevor’s life of service to the College and to the community at large, this is equally true – simply replace “Country” with “College” or “Sport” or “Board” or “Committee” or “School” or “Community”. The flame of his torch has now been passed to a new generation of Irish men and women, of Trinity graduates and of sportsmen and sportswomen throughout Ireland’s Green and Promised Land. Robert Burns, the Scottish poet laureate, wrote an epitaph on his very good friend William Muir which is appropriate to Timothy Trevor West: An honest man here lies at rest As e'er God with his image blest! The friend of man, the friend of truth; The friend of age, and guide of youth: Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd, Few heads with knowledge so inform'd: If there's another world, he lives in bliss; If there's none, he made the best of this. Epitaph on William Muir. The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, No. 37 (1784) Trevor – Scholar and Senior Fellow of Trinity College Dublin – may you rest in peace!

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20. Acknowledgements

Continued thanks to all involved in sport clubs at Trinity College Dublin. Particular mention must go to the Department of Sport and Recreation staff who continue to provide and improve sporting facilities and associated assistance to our sport clubs. The Trinity Association and Trust Committee who financially supported applications from the DU Hockey, Swimming, Rowing, Rifle and Fencing Clubs this year. Many of our Sport Clubs have senior Club Alumni involved in management committee in order to develop and support our sport clubs. It’s with great dedication that they give their time and is very much appreciated by DUCAC. The DUCAC Executive who provide their services on a voluntary basis and last but not least the Club Officers who are student volunteers. Without the work that the officers provide on an annual basis, sport clubs would not be represented in the manner that we have become accustomed at Trinity College Dublin.

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