2017 World University Games


The 2017 World University Games (or known as the Universiade) will be hosted by the city of Taipei, Taiwan from the 19 – 30 August.

For further information in relation to the Games please click on the following link: Taipei Universiade Web Site


Team Ireland Vacancies:

There are no vacancies at this time.

Team Ireland – Appointments To Date.

Role Name Organisation
Head of Delegation Neasa Fahy O’Donnell University of Limerick
Deputy Head of Delegation Niamh O’Callaghan Dublin Institute of Technology
Deputy Head of Delegation Peter Stafford Stafford Sports Consulting
Team Doctor Dr. Barbara Fair Queen’s University Belfast
Head Physiotherapist Michelle Biggins ProActive Physio
Physiotherapist Declan Monaghan ExWell Medical Clinic & Dublin North Physiotherapy
Physiotherapist Kathryn Fahy University of Limerick
Physiotherapist Johnny Loughrey JT Physiotherapy
Soft Tissue Therapist Aiveen Lavery JT Physiotherapy
Team Photographer Tommy Dickson Inpho Photography
Athletics Head Coach Neil Martin Athletics Ireland
Men’s Football Head Coach Greg Yelverton University College Cork- FAI
Men’s Football Assistant Coach Luke Hardy IT Carlow- FAI
Men’s Football Goalkeeper Coach David Bourke Maynooth University
Men’s Football Equipment Officer Paul Walsh Griffith College- FAI
Women’s Football Head Coach Colin Bell FAI
Women’s Football Assistant Coach & Video Analyst Gary Seery FAI
Women’s Football Goalkeeper Coach David Rooney Limerick IT
Women’s Football Equipment Officer Clare Conlon FAI
Diving Head Coach Damian Ball Swim Ireland
Swimming Head Coach Lars Hummer Sport Ireland High Performance Coach
Swimming Coach Paul Dennis Bangor Swimming Club Coach

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Team Ireland – Selected Students to Date.

Sport Name Event College
Diving Jack Ffrench 1m & 3m Springboard Maynooth University
Natasha MacManus 1m & 3m Springboard Princeton University
Swimming Conor Brines 50m Butterfly Queen’s University Belfast
Darragh Greene 50m Breastroke University College Dublin
Brendan Hyland 200m Butterfly Dublin City University
Rory McEvoy 50m Backstroke University of Limerick
Nicholas Quinn 100m & 200m Breastroke University of Edinburgh
Shane Ryan 100m Backstroke Pennysilvania State University
Jordan Sloan 100m & 200m Freestyle University of Ulster Jordanstown
Calum Bain 400m Fresstyle Relay University of Stirling
Curtis Coulter 400m Freestyle Relay Queen’s University Belfast
David Prendergast 400m Freestyle Relay University College Dublin


Sports Selection Criteria

Sport Criteria Qualification Deadline
Archery  Criteria 11th June
Athletics  Criteria 9th July
Men’s Football  Criteria See Criteria
Swimming  Criteria 1st May
Women’s Football  Criteria See Criteria


World University Games Background

The World University Games, also known as the Summer Universiade, are held every two years under the auspices of FISU, the International University Sports Federation. The Games are second in size only to the Olympics with around 13,000 competitors and officials participating. The 2017 WUG programme will compromise of fourteen compulsory sports and eight optional sports (see below) and which are determined by the relevant host country. The Games are staged in various cities throughout the world.

Please follow this link to view the 2017 Sports Programme

The Irish delegation at the 2015 Games held in Gwangju, South Korea consisted of 64 athletes and 27 team officials and was supported by third level colleges and universities, the relevant National Governing Sports Bodies and Sport Ireland.

The Games are now an established part of high performance programmes for many Irish athletes in a range of different sports, many of the athletes being funded by Sport Ireland’s high performance programme and are an ideal stepping stone for young high performance athletes who are either moving from age group events or starting to show significant promise in their chosen sport. The Games also act as a significant learning / training opportunity for both athletes and officials in a high performance and global multi-sport environment, which places both athletes and officials at an advantage for the Olympic Games.

Student Sport Ireland is the sole sanctioning body responsible for identifying, selecting and coordinating the Irish delegation to the 2017 Games. Student Sport Ireland also establishes selection criteria and appoints the Team Managers, coaching staff in each sport in conjunction with the relevant NGBs in addition to overseeing the appointment of medical, administrative and PR personnel.