Sinead Gordon, a former General Manager of Basketball Ireland has returned to Ireland in the role of Event Director for the 2018 European Para Swimming Championships taking place in Dublin.
Gordon is a native of Mayo and a sports science graduate of the University of Limerick. Since leaving Ireland in 2010 she has fulfilled a number of key roles within the international sports community including as the Technical Operations Manager for Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
She has fulfilled similar roles at the European Olympic Games in Azerbaijan in 2015, at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games earlier this year in Turkmenistan and comes to Dublin with a wealth of relevant experience.
She has also served as Head of Basketball Operations with British Basketball and as European Competitions Manager with FIBA, the international governing body for Basketball.
This key appointment comes just a month after Paralympics Ireland together with its event partners; Swim Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Sport Ireland, were officially announced as the hosts for the European Para Swimming Championships.
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As Event Director, Gordon will be responsible for working closely with partners and international governing body, World Para Swimming, on the planning, organisation and delivery of the event.
“Ultimately the athletes and the sport must be at the centre of our planning process,” she said yesterday.
“We are expecting over 500 world class professional swimmers to descend on the Aquatic Centre for seven days of competition next August and we must ensure that they do not have to concern themselves with anything else except their performance in the pool.”
“We are delighted to have Sinead Gordon on board as Event Director for the European Championships in Dublin,” added Miriam Malone, CEO of Paralympics Ireland and Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee.
“Sinead’s experience will help us to plan and organise the event to world class level, which we on the LOC are very much looking forward to.”
Paralympics Ireland, Sport Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Swim Ireland and Abbey Conferences and Events are all members of the Sport for Business Community and we will be supporting this great event for Dublin in whatever ways we can over the next 12 months.