Southside and District Sports Awards 2016

I am delighted to say that UCC Judo Club has been awarded the “Southside and District Sports Award” for February 2016. The award is sponsored by Cork International Airport Hotel, Red FM and Gerald McCarthy Awards & Gifts. UCC Judo Club won the award for our outstanding success at Intervarsities this year. Each month a different person or team who has had amazing success is given the award and then an overall winner for 2016 is picked in January 2017. It was a huge honour to even be considered for this prize, let alone win it!

The awards lunch took place yesterday in the Cork International Airport Hotel, the reception, food, and staff was all amazing. UCC Judo club attended along with the judging panel whose job it is to pick out the most deserving nominee. I didn’t realise (in hindsight it seems obvious) that I would have to say a few words for an acceptance speech, but I did it non the less and I don’t think it turned out too bad.

Judo is a lesser known Martial Art in Ireland and it’s great to see that things are changing. When I first found out that we won this award I was so happy that Judo was being given the recognition that it deserves, and I hope that UCC Judo Club along with Judo itself continues to grow both in Cork and all over Ireland.

I did an interview for Red FM which will be played on Red FMs Big Red Bench this weekend so be sure to listen out for it :]

Katie O’Donovan

Club Captain