Successful Year for IT Carlow Students
As the exam schedule comes to a close at IT Carlow, the students now look forward to a summer break after what has been another successful year of sporting achievements at the Institute.
IT Carlow recently received a Co. Carlow sports award in recognition of their contribution to sport in the county on the back of a number of noteworthy performances in recent months in disciplines as diverse as basketball, boxing, cricket, athletics, Gaelic games and soccer.
The ambitious plan to attract the cream of young Irish sporting talent to the college is coming to fruition with top athletes from around the county and further afield studying in Carlow.
It was a busy sporting year with success at many levels. The IT Carlow soccer club won the Colleges and Universities league title (CUFL) and the Umbro Cup while the division 2 and 3 teams also reached their All-Ireland finals. The college’s Futsal team also made it to the All-Ireland decider. Not to be outdone, the women’s soccer team won both the Intervarsity title and the WCSAI Cup.
Rugby also proved a happy hunting ground with a clean sweep of All-Ireland in Divisions 1,2 and 3 while the women’s team won the Leinster League and reached the semi-final of the Leinster Cup.
Track and Field is always highly competitive at 3rd level and Carlow athletes brought home a host of medals from the Irish Universities Indoor championships in February and the Outdoors in April. Michael Bowler in the pentathlon, high jump and long jump, Fiona Hill in the triple and pole vault Amy Phelan, were just some of those to win gold medals for the IT. Meanwhile the women’s Basketball team went all the way to the final of the Irish Colleges league while both the men’s and women’s teams qualified for the Intervarsity Championship finals in April.
Gaelic games continue to grow with the hurling team making great strides reaching the quarter-final of the Fitzgibbon Cup in their first year in the competition.
The IT Carlow Badminton team reached the final of the Colleges and Universities League where they lost out to IT Tralee.
There was also a pair of Irish Senior Colleges Boxing title winners in talented young fighters Tom Quinn and James Kelly.
Always looking to the future, IT Carlow also broke new ground by entering a team to play in the Intervarsity Cricket League which takes place between now and the end of June.
Plenty of achievements then, and yet they still found time for classes and study so that they can return in September to do it all over again.
Congratulations to all involved!