GAA Stars among UCC Sports Stars
In this year’s 35th Annual UCC Sports Star Awards, proudly sponsored by River Lee Hotel, included three of UCC GAA players:
Name: Libby Coppinger
Course: Public Health
Award: Camogie & Ladies Gaelic Football
Where did your love of camogie and Gaelic football come from? My parents played a huge part, because my father would have played football growing up. My mum is actually from America, but she always had a huge interest in it. So, we would have been heading down to the hall whenever we had a bit of free time at home, just to get out and play. That’s really where I got my interest, and it’s taken off from there.
What has been the most memorable moment from your time with the UCC clubs? We’ve had a few good days, alright. Unfortunately, we haven’t got the big one yet, but I have two from last year.
With the Camogie Club, we won the semi-final against WIT, and that was a huge win because they were our rivals there for a while. We finally got one over them, so that was great!
Then, in football, we beat UCD in the O’Connor Cup in the same year.
What does winning this award mean to you? It’s just a huge honour. To be honest, I was very surprised when I found out. It’s massive. It’s always great when you get something yourself. It’s a team sport, and you want to be winning together, but it is lovely when you get that bit of recognition yourself.
Seán Powter (Gaelic Football)
BSc Biological and Chemical Sciences II
Award: Gaelic Football
Where did your love of Gaelic football come from? Who were the biggest influences on your career? My love for Gaelic Football started when I was playing Street Leagues in Douglas GAA club. Going down every Saturday playing with your friends really did kick start my Gaelic Football career. The biggest influences on my career has to be my parents; they really do everything for me, from making my food to ensuring all my gear is ready before a game. They really are amazing, and I’d be lost without them.
What is your most memorable moment of your time to, date, with UCC Gaelic Football team? My most memorable moment to date playing with UCC has to be winning the senior league in January. We beat a very strong UL side and it really was a special moment for my teammates and I. It was the first medal for many of us in a UCC jersey so hopefully we can use this a springboard for future success.
What does this award mean to you? Receiving this prestigious award is very special. To be recognized by such a renowned college like UCC is extremely satisfying. For the hard work I put into my sport, this award is an acknowledgement of that effort and I’m extremely grateful to UCC for the opportunity to further my career both on the pitch and off it.
B Comm I
Award: Ladies Gaelic Football
Where did your love of Gaelic Football come from? Who were the biggest influences on your career? My love of football came from my father – he was very involved with my local GAA club, Bantry Blues, when I was younger so I was always going to football matches with him. I always loved watching football and I knew from a very young age that I wanted to grow up playing the game.
My older sister was probably the biggest influence on my career. When she was younger she played football with various Cork underage teams and I used to love watching her play.
What is your most memorable moment of your time, to date, with the UCC Ladies Gaelic Football team? I’m only in my first year in UCC at the moment so I haven’t been playing for too long with the college ladies football team but I’m hoping to have some great years ahead of me in the skull and crossbones! So far my most memorable moment has been reaching this year’s O’Connor Cup semi-final. To be part of such a prestigious tournament so early in my time at UCC was very special.
What does this award mean to you? It’s fantastic to be recognised by the college and for them to acknowledge our achievements with both county and college as a lot of hard work and dedication goes into competing at the highest level. It’s an honour for me to receive this award and it’s a moment that I will always treasure.