Young stars of track and field with promising careers in their chosen disciplines, were honoured with sports scholarships from Tipperary town's Canon Hayes Sport Centre on Friday.
World Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist, Rob Heffernan spoke to aspiring athletes from local schools, hosted by International Peace Prize organiser Martin Quinn.
Rob told the next generation of students from St. Joseph's Primary School that they can achieve anything if they work hard to achieve their goals. Success boils down to having a “really hard work ethic,” said Rob. “The sky's the limit. You shouldn't write anything off, if you're willing to work hard enough for it.”
The deserving award recipients are:
Arravale Rovers GAA and County U16 Hurling and Football / U14 A West and County Hurling / U14 Hurling West Court Cup / U14 Interdivisional Hurling and Football / U15 Interdivisional Football / U15 Munster Schools Football as captain / U16 A West Hurling
Member of Tipperary Town Athletics Club. Achieved PB in 800M and has begun to compete in 5km races.
Member of St. Michael’s Soccer Club. Won league and made it to semi finals of the National Cup
GAA West Minor Hurling Title, West U16 Football Title. Represented West Tipperary u15/u16 Hurling and football. U16 All Ireland runners up Hurling Rice Cup ‘B’ schools Title Munster Schools U15 Football Title. Tipperary u15 interdivisional Football title. Munster Schools U15 Hurling Title
Tiger Sharks Swimming Club. Used to train with Munster Development Squad in Limerick. Achieved and competed in Div 1 Irish age groups – the highest level in the country. Won several Munster medals ranging from gold to bronze. Qualified for the National Schools Championship
Tiger Sharks, Abbey School and Arravale Rovers 50m and 100m freestyle Garde C to Grade A / 100m Backstroke Grade B to Grade A / 100m Breaststroke Grade B to Div 2 / 200m Individual Medley Grade B to Grade A / Numerous medals ranging from gold to bronze
Tipperary Kickboxing Club. Junior National Irish Champion 2013. Junior 55kg National Irish Champion 2014. Bronze medal in the World championships in Italy. Fought for Irish Title in 2015
Lattin Cullen GAA Club and Tipperary County Minor Hurling. All Ireland Minor Hurling Title 2016. Munster Minor Hurling Title 2015 and played in All Ireland Minor Hurling Final 2015. Munster Senior Football medal with the Abbey CBS. Young Hurler of the year with Abbey CBS 2015
Golden/Kilfeacle and Tipperary U16 GAA / Abbey U16 ½ Munster D Finalist and U15 B champion / West U16A football champion with Galtee/Golden / West Tipperary U14, 15, 16 hurling / U14 A football and hurling / U16B hurling with Tipperary(All Ireland B finalist)
Interdivisional hurling champion U14 and u15 with West Tipperary / U14 and U15 football champion with West Tipperary
Clanwilliam RFC / Clanwilliam U18’s / MYALL Coast Rugby Club, Australia / Arravale Rovers Minors / St. Michaels Youths / Development training programme for students in youthreach
Eoin Mc Cormack
GAA Member of the West U14 Development Squad. County U15 Development Squad. Representing The Abbey CBS on both hurling and football teams. Winning teams for u16 and minor club teams
Irish National Taekwon-Do Team. European Gold Medalist/ 5 National Gold Medals / 2 National Silver Medals
Clanwilliam RFC, Galtee Rovers GAA, St. Michaels Soccer, East Munster U16 Rugby Academy Numerous medals with clanwilliam. Made the East Munster U16 rugby team Won West County Final with Galtee Rovers Gaelic Football Reached County Final with Galtee Rovers Football. Made East Munster U16 Rugby Team