Nov 28 2017

Georgina Deane Receives Inaugural Paul Giblin Award

Well done to Georgina Deane on receiving the inaugural Paul Giblin Award.

Paul was one of the most successful oarsman to come from NUIG BC, with 19 national titles, multiple representations and medals at international level and two medals from the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. Paul tragically passed away earlier this year after a long battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The award was set up in memory of Paul to support a developing athlete who displays the same characteristics and potential as Paul did when he first arrived at the club.

The Paul Giblin Award has both financial and ancillary supports. The recipient will receive a bursary of €2000 and support service from the NUIG Sports Unit, similar to those offered on the current NUIG scholarship. In the future the award may be conferred to an exceptional member of NUIGBC or to an exceptional athlete who intends to enrol at NUIG.

Georgina Deane was deemed to be the most suitable candidate for the award based on her achievements in her first year in the club. Georgina started in NUIG BC’s learn to row program in September 2016. Within two weeks she moved into the competitive program. From January 2017 she was a key member in all of the top racing crews and by July 2017 she had won national titles across three different grades. Georgina worked tirelessly on and off the water. She assisted in the organisation of the logistics for competitions, fund raising events, and the general running of the club. It was for her athletic ability and potential and for her character and commitment to the club that she was selected to receive the award.

Congratulations to Georgina from all at Bandon Grammar and we look forward to hearing of her future exploits on the water.