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Top WIT Health, Sport & Exercise students honoured

24, October 2016

The achievements of the 51 students who made it onto the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science (DHSES) Honours List for 2015/16 were recognised at a ceremony at WIT.

The students were from across of the department’s four undergraduate courses – Exercise and Health Studies, Health Promotion, Sports Coaching and Performance and Recreation and Sports Management.

Each student was congratulated by WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly.

Honours List helps students strive

Dr Aoife Lane, head of the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science commented that the future was bright for these promising students who from this September can avail of the institute’s newly opened €20m WIT Arena where both practical and academic classes are run.

“These particular students are wonderful role models for our Department and reflect the culture of ambition and learning that we are trying to foster in all of our activities across teaching and learning, research and engagement. We all hope that this acknowledgement helps our award recipients and indeed our entire student cohort to strive for more in this and future academic years.”

The Department is running its inaugural Try Sport, Try Health event for secondary school students on Tuesday, 1 November at the newly-opened €20m WIT Arena.

Try Sport, Try Health Open Day for teens

The one-day event over mid-term is aimed at secondary school students interested in one of the department’s four undergraduate courses: Sports Coaching & Performance, Recreation & Sport Management, Health Promotion and Exercise & Health Studies.

“Try Sport, Try Health will give students the opportunity to live the life of a student in the DHSES, meet our expert staff and try out exciting and interactive sessions in strength and conditioning, group exercise leadership, health screening, fitness testing and behaviour change,” says Dr Lane.

Booking can be made on the Try Sport, Try Health web page on www.wit.ie/events.

Student reactions

BA (Hons) Exercise & Health Studies

Michael Kavanagh who graduates from the BA (Hons) Exercise & Health Studies in November 2016 is originally from South Dublin and plays GAA for his local club in the Dublin Mountains, Ballyboden Wanderers. 

“Getting onto WIT's honours list is something I will look fondly back at. I was never the sharpest tool in the box growing up, but it's great to see the time, effort and hard work I put in over the past four years being rewarded. In a nutshell, this achievement for me supports that if you love what you do, you will do well,” he says.

BA (Hons) in Health Promotion

Colette explains she became interested in Health Promotion while working in Saudi Arabia for a large oil company who had an excellent Health Promotion department. "Also I had made some personal health changes (quitting smoking, taking up running) which further enhanced my interest in studying a health related course. WIT has the only undergraduate Health Promotion course in Ireland therefore I chose to study in WIT<" she says.

BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Perfomance

Waterford man David O'Brien says the achievement demonstrates to him that intelligenceis definitely something that can be worked on through effort and a good attitude. "This has given me the confidence to keep that attitude going forward. I now look forward to future acedemic and professional challenges so I can surprise myself further, and continue to develop," he says.

Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Sports Management

Róisin Hurley from Edenderry, Co Offaly says: "This means a great deal to me as this award is probably my first ever official academic achievement, this achievement will aid me in the future as it looks great on a CV and shows the work I put into college. For the 2015/16 academic year we had a set of exams followed by CA during our work placement, I completed my work placement in Alaska for 5 months and worked along the lines of Disability in sport, so to receive an award for high academic achievement in that year allows me to be confident about pursuing my career in that area."

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