Nadia Power receives Sports Scholar of the Year award

Katie Lowry

The Sports Scholar of the Year award was a welcomed surprise for Nadia Power, at the virtual Clubs and Socs Ceremony this year, as it was unknown to the Irish runner that she was up for the honour.

“I found it very nice to know the balancing act I have had going on over the last 3 years in DCU hasn’t gone unnoticed.”

Juggling college work and competitive running proves a difficult task for anyone, but Nadia Power believes “it’s all down to good time management and being disciplined.”

The 3rd year student always starts on her assignments as early, which ensures she will have plenty of time to complete the work whilst not having to skip training to finish it last minute.

Over the past 12 months, Power won her first National Senior Indoor Title over 800m as well as setting a new Irish Indoor 1000m record at the World Indoor Tour in Glasgow.

Other highlights for the runner include winning a European u23 800m Bronze medal last July and representing Ireland at senior level for the first time at the European Cross Championships last December.

Due to the cancellation of the Outdoor Varsity’s event, Power was unable to compete for DCU in 2020.

Enda Fitzpatrick, the former Head of Athletics in DCU encouraged Nadia to apply to the College and be a part of the Athletics Team.

This encouragement, along with DCU’s well-regarded athletics club and her interest in the Marketing, Innovation and Technology (MINT) course meant DCU was an exciting choice for Nadia.

The Dubliner is currently on a year long Intra placement in Johnson & Johnson where she can continue working from home for the remainder of her placement, due to Covid-19.

“I’m a bit frustrated with not being able to see my friends and having all the races I worked so hard for being cancelled but I’m just trying to focus on how my life is impacted so much less than others right now.”

The MINT student is continuing to train six days a week and said, ”as a middle-distance runner, I can get lots of training done on grass and I have gym equipment and a stationary bike at home, so I am really lucky.”

The 800m and 1500m runner remains hopeful that the European Senior Championships at the end of August in Paris will take place. Dublin are also hosting the European Cross Championships in December which Power is looking forward to and continues to train for.

Katie Lowry

Image Credit: DCU Athletics