DCU Athletes at World Relays

(Rory Cassidy (PRO))

"DCU sports scholars Aoife Lynch and Sophie Becker were in action for Ireland at the World Athletics Relays in Chorzow, Poland last weekend.Aoife was part of the 4x100m and 4x200m teams, while Sophie was part of the mixed 4x400m squad and joined Aoife on the 4x200m team.The 4x200m relay took place on Sunday night, with the DCU girls being joined by Sarah Quinn (St. Colman’s South Mayo AC) and Kate Doherty (DSD AC). Aoife ran a great first leg (24.48s), passing the baton to Kate Doherty. When the baton was passed to Sophie who was running the anchor leg, she began to gain ground on her Polish counterpart who was in the lead. Unfortunately, the Polish athlete held on to take victory, with Sophie running a split of 23.82s to bring the team home in 2nd, setting a phenomenal new National Record in the process of 1.35.93!Bearing in mind it was both athletes season opener it certainly bodes well for the summer ahead. Its worth noting also that it was Aoife’s first senior international appearance, undoubtedly the first of many to come. Both Aoife and Sophie were part of our 4x200m team at the last IUAA Indoors in Athlone in Feb 2020. Aoife was a reserve on the 4x100m team which finished 10th overall, missing out on a place in Tokyo by only 0.3s, however they did qualify for the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon next year.Sophie was also a reserve in the Mixed 4x400m, rested due to a recent injury. The team finished 7th overall to qualify for the Olympics after finishing 3rd in their heat in a new National Record of 3.16.34. Chris O’Donnell, Phil Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley and Thomas Barr made up the quartet, with Andrew Mellon replacing Barr in the final.Congratulations Aoife and Sophie from all of us in DCU AC. You did yourselves, your families, college, clubs, and communities proud!  by Rory Cassidy (DCU AC PRO)  "

DCU Celebrates Neurodivergent Week!

(Cathy Brennan (Chairperson))

"Enjoy free, informative and optimistic events hosted by DCU’s Neurodivergent Society. To be neurodivergent is to think differently. “Neurodivergent” encompasses all people who have experienced mental illnesses, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders and more. Everyone is welcome to attend our free series of events, designed to engage people of all levels of familiarity with neurodivergence. On Monday at 6 pm, the Introduction will address common questions about what constitutes neurodivergence, followed by a live Q&A. Tuesday will see Enda Murphy providing expert insight into how to navigate mental health challenges as a neurodivergent person. Joan McDonald will also be sharing her perspective of being diagnosed later in life and creating a group, 500 strong, of Irish autistic adults. Facilitating these crucial conversations around disclosure, diagnosis, and mental health fosters greater empathy for those of us who can feel isolated from society. Having a place where you can be authentic with peers is critical to all people; this is especially true for neurodivergent people who may struggle with feeling like an “other”.Wednesday aims to show there is no one face of neurodivergence; anyone can be neurodivergent.Neurodivergent is a brilliantly broad, inclusive word; in keeping with this, we will challenge common misconceptions that neurodivergence (especially autism) is a boy’s club. Brains work independently from skin colour, gender, sexuality and age.  We will be holding panel discussions on keeping the movement intersectional; we leave no one behind. Christa Holmans (Neurodivergent Rebel,) Lydia X. Z. Brown, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and Sharon daVanport will discuss race, gender and sexuality and their implications for neurodivergent people. On Thursday, Steve Silberman will be discussing neurodivergent creativity with our founder, Lao?ín Brennan. For the past year and a half, DCU's Neurodivergent Society has hosted creative expression workshops facilitated by Fighting Words. At 7, we will launch our creative collection online.Our Annual General Meeting, where we elect our committee for 2021/22, will be on Friday. Our final event is a movie screening of Soul (2020). "

Marchaton - Wanne join the DLPR Team?

(Annelieke Mooij (Chairperson))

"Hey everyone,If you want to join the DCU Marchaton but don't have a fun team yet - the Dublin Law and Politics Review is joining as a team! Only 2 places left for those wanting to join in the walking :)For those who have missed the email on marchaton here is the info below:Welcome to Marchathon 2021 – the all-Ireland Step Challenge !!  This year, Sustainability DCU together with DCU Healthy and DCU Sports and Wellbeing have organised an engaging and exciting set of weekly challenges to motivate and encourage you to get those walking shoes on!  Each week you and your team will be eligible to win prizes in both the internal DCU and overarching NTA challenges.For 4 weeks from Monday 1st March to Friday 28th March, Staff and Students from campuses all over the country will be aiming to get moving this March.  Everyone is welcome to get involved.To take part you need to :1.    Get into a team of 3 – 6 people2.    Sign up online at (If you have participated before you can just login or if this is your first time you will need to register your details with your DCU email address)a)   Team captain: choose a team name and set your team up on the Active Travel Loggerb)  Team members: sign up online at Active Travel Logger, find a team and join it.Here is a quick video guide to help youc) We will be running some team creation session’s in the last week in Feb - so don’t worry if you can’t fill your team we can help identify suitable membersd) If you sign up by 19th Feb then you will be in the hat for a small prize from the NTA.3.   Step Counter — any step counter will work - you can download an app (e.g. Free Smarter Travel Step Counter), buy a pedometer, use a Fit Bit, or other step tracking device -  you will need to log your steps on the before 14.00 on the Monday of each week – if you can’t logon for any reason your captain can also log your steps for you.4.    From 1st March to 28th March get walking where possible, try lunchtime walks, try walking meetings….aiming to increase your steps throughout the challenge and log your steps each week.5.       Have Fun !Here is a link to the  Participants Guide.There are lots more prizes to be won throughout the challenge so keep an eye on your emails.If you have any questions please contact me at or you can email the experts at Please note due to high volumes it may take up to 48 hours to respond to queries sent to this email address. Kind regards from the Sustainable Healthy Sporty Team !!!!!"

DCU Trio Selected for European Indoors

(Paul Byrne (Head of Athletics))

"DCU students Nadia Power, Sophie Becker and Andrew Coscoran have been selected for the Irish Athletics Team competing in the upcoming European Indoor Athletics Championship in Torun, Poland, March 5-7. Power, a final year MINT (Marketing, Innovation and Technology) student has enjoyed a fantastic indoor season so far and will be aiming for a place in this year’s 800 metres Indoor final after a string of personal bests and national record performances at the recent World Athletics Indoor Tour. The Dublin City Harrier club woman has posted a 2:00.98 finish this season and is ranked 7th in Europe, 10th in the world and is currently inside the World Athletics Quota ranking system for Olympic Qualification. Andrew Coscoran ran a lifetime best over 1500m at the World Indoor Tour meeting in Lievin in France this month; finishing fifth in a world class field. The final year Education and Training Student ran 3:37.20 which placed him fifth on the Irish all-time list behind Marcus O’Sullivan and Eamon Coughlan. The Dubliner is also inside the quota for Olympic qualification.Sophie Becker is also in superb form breaking her own personal best at the recent Athletics Ireland Elite Micro meeting on February 21st. She clocked 53.20 in the 400 metres and is currently the third fastest Irishwoman over this distance indoors. The Wexford athlete is the current National women’s 400m indoors and outdoors champion. Paul Byrne, Head of Athletics at DCU said, "I'm delighted for Nadia, Andrew and Sophie on their selections for European Indoors next week. All the hard work and dedication over the difficult number of months is coming to fruition. All three are sport scholarship athletes combining their academic and athletics ambitions to the highest levels. It has given everyone in DCU and DCU Athletics Club a huge boost to see them qualify and everyone is looking forward to watching them in action next week."James Galvin, Director of DCU Sports and Wellbeing commented, "I want to congratulate Nadia, Sophie and Andrew on their wonderful accomplishment of qualifying for the forthcoming European Indoor Athletics Championships. We know the commitment to hard work and long hours, largely unseen, that is required to achieve their athletic goals. We are especially proud of the academic success of these DCU student-athletes and they are to be commended for their ambition and achievements.A special mention to DCU Athletics coaches Joe Ryan and Daniel Kilgallon who coach athletes Cian McPhillips (800m), John Fitzsimons (800m) and Israel Olatunde (60m) who will also compete in Torun. DCU alumnus Paul Robinson (1500m) was also selected on the team. Pictured (l-r) Becker, Coscoran and Power in action"

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