GMIT Mayo Campus Clubs & Societes Challenge 2017
Clubs & Societies at GMIT Mayo Campus
Sport offers the perfect opportunity to strike a balance between the pressures of academic life and a hectic social schedule. It can also provide you with the most lasting memories, enduring friendships and treasured experiences that you will take into life after college, all you need to do is take the opportunities presented to you and get involved.
Whether your aim is; Olympic gold or some fresh air, the thrill of a new activity in a challenging environment or the buzz of a team striving for the highest prize, the chance to meet new people and make new friends or a way of keeping fit and staying healthy, you can participate at your chosen level.
Clubs and Societies
There are a large number of active sports clubs in the college and membership of these is a gateway to a whole host of exciting activities- make sure you mark Wednesday the 20th of September in your Diary as the GMIT Mayo campus Clubs & Socs Day when the members will be available to give information about their organization, it’s achievements, aims as well as reasons why you should join. There is no limit to the amount of clubs you can join other than the ability to divide your time.
We are extremely fortunate in our geographical location as well as the existence of the Outdoor Education course in relation to Adventure Sports. The proximity to great beaches, rivers, mountains and woodlands are a huge asset to the Surfing, Kayaking, Sailing, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Mountaineering, Caving and Bushcraft clubs.
The Surf club brought home two individual golds and a silver from last year’s Intervarsities and with a 1st 2nd and 3rd place for the team in the last 4 Intervarsities they are firmly established as one of the top surf clubs in the country. From the Kayak club Jordan Collins will be competing for Ireland in the World Kayak Surf championships in Portrush in October so as you can see in these sports your club mates and those who will be teaching you are the best in the country.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to experience some of these exhilarating sports you owe it to yourself to try – Go ahead you won’t be disappointed!
We have a strong tradition in team sports and our link with Connacht Rugby has brought All–Ireland success to the men’s team while the women’s side are looking to build on the excitement around hosting the Women’s World Cup to continue their development. The Men’s Soccer team are constantly in contention for top spot in the western division of the CUFL league – last winning it in 2016 and have had some epic cup runs in recent years, they also run a very good Rec Programme. Both Men’s and Women’s GAA Clubs had disappointing seasons last year, by the very high standards they have set themselves, so both are eagerly awaiting a fresh influx of talent. Camogie made a welcome return last year and building on the ground work done is a main priority. The Basketball club has been growing steadily over the last few years and have a very strong recreational programme in which everyone is welcome.
Other Clubs and Societies
The Archery club have become very strong and with several training sessions in the week and lots of competitive opportunities they would be a great choice for someone looking to try something new. Martial Arts is another interesting option and with Irish and Polish National Champion Maggie Rymarczyk leading the way in the Judo club it’s set to have a very exciting year. Boxing is set to blossom as the club led by National Champion, (as well as Clubs and Societies Officer), Lois Walsh has established a great link with Castlebar Boxing Club who have just moved into a new premises which the club hope to be utilising. Castlebar tennis club is right on our doorstep and their new indoor dome will provide the perfect environment to get to grips with this exciting sport removing the problem of west of Ireland winters while Golf club members can take advantage of a special GMIT Rate at Castlebar Golf club. The undoubted jewel in the clubs and socs crown over the last few years has been the Yoga Society who have grown to become a major presence in college, do yourself a favour and make it your business to try this out.
The Campus Challenge is now firmly established as a major fixture in college calendar – each club organises a competition in their chosen sport and people compete for their academic year , 1st 2nd 3rd or 4th. This gives rise to a great atmosphere as the rivalry and intensity grows over the three day event – Go to the SU Instagram account to check out the video of last year’s action and make sure your involved when it rolls around on April 16, 17 and 18.
Health & Fitness
The Fit4work programme offers a comprehensive range of exercise classes with extremely generous, subsidised rates including – Yoga, Pilates, Boxercise, Core & Tone, Aerobics and Zumba, while we have also negotiated excellent rates at some local leisure facilities.
Lough Lannagh, on our doorstep, offers a wonderful looped walk/run in a beautiful setting and you can Join the Lough Lannagh – keep active “whats app” group. There is also an organised 5k run here every Saturday Morning its completely free and to enter all you need to do is join up at http://www.parkrun.ie/castlebar/
This September we will be opening a new Wellness Studio – an open space exercise area designed for no-weight work outs, stretching, yoga and a variety of other exercises ideal for individual or group work. You can also play basketball, volleyball, badminton & table tennis in St Mary’s Hall during your spare time check with the SU for availability of hall and Wellness Studio as well as equipment.
It’s clear that there are plenty of opportunities, but participation is the key – the sports scene on campus is what YOU make it so make the most of it.
To sign up to any of these Clubs or Societies contact Nigel the Clubs Officer. His office is right beside the Students’ Union and you are welcome to call in at anytime. Keep an eye on the Sports Notice board at the entrance to the canteen, the Plasma Screens and the GMIT Mayo Clubs & Socs Facebook page for updates and developments.
Phone Number: 087-2496348