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University sport: Queen's pick up two sport honours

By Dale Lockhart

Published 21/11/2007

Queen's University have won two Intercollegiate Event of the Year awards from the Colleges and Universities Sports Association of Ireland (CUSAI).

There men's Gaelic Football Club won the Two Day Event Award for their running of the Sigerson Cup.

Queen's Seidokan Karate Club also picked up an award for the One Day Event for the inter-varsities.

The awards took into consideration the amount of organisation of the events and the delivering of inter-collegiate programmes by student sports clubs across Ireland.

Cathy Gallagher, who is the Devolpment Manager of Queen's Student Sport said, "Organising club sport at university provides students with invaluable personal skills which can be used for future careers or sporting goals.

Last year our university hosted a total of 10 inter- collegiate events. We were represented in all three categories and are delighted to have won two of the titles."

This year's Sigerson Cup took place from March 1-3 and ruing the two days, Queen's also hosted the finals of the Trench Cup, the Corn na Mac Leinn and the Further Educations College Championships. Fifty seven teams took part in the competions throughout the year.

This year the Queen's Men's Gaelic Football Football Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

The chairperson, Miceal Finnegan said, "When the University was awarded the hosting rights for the Sigerson Cup, we put in place structures and systems deliver the best event yet.

"We not only involved students from our own club, we also brought in a group of committed and enthusiastic volunteers from other clubs around Queen's.

"It was very much a student-led event and it showed everything that is great about sport at university level.

"I'm delighted that our hard work has been recognised with this award."

Matthew Leebody from the Organising Committee of Queen's Seidokan Karate Club welcomed their achievement saying, "Queen's have set new standards for the karate Inter-Collegiate events in terms of participation and delivery. It was challenging at times to balance the organisational issues with our own preparation for participating in the competion, but this is what is unique about student sport."

The Seidokan Karate Club at Queen's hosted 15 colleges and universities at the event and had the highest ever participation levels in the competitions.

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