Technological University Dublin (TUD) have won the team bronze medal at the European Universities Badminton Championship for the second year running.
TUD sent an eight person team to the tournament, which took place from July 14-19 in Miskolc, Hungary. Drawn into a group with the University of Strasbourg (France) and Nova University of Lisbon (Portugal), wins against both were required to secure a medal. Team standings were determined by performance in all five events: women's and men's singles and doubles, and mixed doubles.
Coached by Mark Topping, the team included David Walsh, Jonathan Dolan, Conor Bradley, Sean Laureta, Leonie Ward, Leah Auld, Kate Frost, and Caoimhe McKeown.
Irish international Kate Frost's wins in the women's singles and mixed doubles events were crucial to the team's success in the group.
The Templeogue native, who recently graduated from TUD's Tallaght Campus with a BS in Sports Science and Health, won her first match 21-9, 21-6 before losing to Ukraine's Maria Stoliarenko, the eventual women's singles champion in the individual tournament.
Frost and Jonathan Dolan's 21-17, 21-18 win in the mixed double as well as other success in the women's doubles and men's events secured the bronze for TUD.
The team was eliminated in the semi-final to eventual team champions the University of Nottingham but should be pleased with a season that also saw them become varsity champions.