Patricia Heberle has been named as the the Olympic Federation of Ireland Chef de Mission for the European Games 2019 in Minsk, and then the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
This is the first time that Ireland has appointed a full time professional Chef de Mission and the move is seen as one of the key elements of what promises to be our best ever preparation for a major Games.
Heberle has been working for the Olympic Federation of Ireland as its High Performance Lead since 2017 and has recently been involved in leading the Sparking Performance programme for NGB Performance Directors through the Sport Ireland Institute.
She is also one of the lead managers in the new Partnership between the OFI and the Sport Ireland Institute unveiled yesterday.
A former Hockey international with Australia she has also had a successful coaching career with Australia Hockey and England. She was Assistant coach to the Australia Women’s team who won Gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
“This role means a huge amount to me,” she said yesterday. “I have participated in the three Olympic games both as an athlete and a coach and the opportunity to be Chef de Mission for Team Ireland is both a huge honour and a privilege.”
“I am coming into the role at a very exciting time for Irish Sport, having been involved for some time in the Irish High Performance system.”
“The people involved, the funding coming from Government and Sport Ireland is starting to deliver some really good results. The partnerships announced today are a huge step forward in ensuring that everyone is working together for the good of the athletes and their performances.”
“Patricia Heberle’s appointment brings a wealth of expertise and the respect of Irish High Performance system,” said Olympic Federation CEO Peter Sherrard.
“She is a key appointment for the Olympic Federation of Ireland as we prepare for the European Games in Minsk next year and the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.”
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