WIT GAA Club is very proud to announce that current students of the College Austin Gleeson and Denise Gaule were both honoured with this year’s Senior Hurler and Senior Camogie player of the Year Awards at the 2016 All Stars. Not only is this is a prestigious moment for both players, it is a great honour for WIT.

WATERFORD IT v DCU FITZGIBBON CUP 2014 : Photo Maurice Hennebry

Austin Gleeson is a young hurler and student here at the College. He plays his club hurling with Mount Sion GAA club and has also been a crucial figure throughout the Fitzgibbon Hurling Championship here in the College.  It was during his school days at De La Salle College that Austin first excelled. At the age of sixteen, he entered his inter-county playing career at minor level and has shown huge talent ever since. In the 2014 championship, he made his senior debut with Waterford and is now a regular member of the team.At this year’s GAA-GPA Opel All-Stars, Gleeson topped the list in the three-man hurling poll, seeing off Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan and Padraic Maher for the prize of Senior Hurler of the Year. On the night, he also scooped the Young Hurler of the Year honour, making him the second hurler to win both awards in the same year after Clare’s Tony Kelly in 2013. In addition, the youngster was named at centre-forward on the 2016 GAA-GPA Opel All-Stars Hurling team.

WIT v UCD Ashbourne Cup  : mauricehennebryphoto.com

Denise Gaule is a camogie player and student here at the College. At a young age, Denise came into the public eye for her outstanding ability.  In 2009, she scored three fine points in the All-Ireland semi-final against Galway, just one week after helping Kilkenny to yet another All-Ireland Minor title, and her second in the grade. Moreover, this year saw her collect the Young Player of the Year award too. Gaule has also been a stand out figure with WIT and has won two All-Ireland Ashbourne titles. Furthermore, 2016 was a great year for Denise as not only did she win the Senior Camogie All Ireland Title this year with Kilkenny, she also collected the Camogie Association/WGPA Senior Players’ Player of the Year award. On the night, she won her first All Star and a place at right half forward on the team of the year.

WIT GAA Club would like to congratulate both players on receiving such memorable awards and wish them all the best for the future, both in their sporting discipline and also within their studies.