HPX Conference for Dublin

Sport Ireland has revealed details of the High Performance Knowledge Exchange (HPX) Conference, which will take place on October 6th and 7th of this year at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena.

The HPX conference is run by the Sport Ireland Institute and Sport Ireland Coaching, and will bring together some of the world’s leaders in the area of High Performance Sport where the focus will be on “Lessons Learned from High Performance Sport: The 2020 Evolution”.

Included among the speakers at the HPX Conference are 2016 World Boxing Coach of the Year Billy Walsh, Dublin Football Manager Jim Gavin, former Tipperary Manager Liam Sheedy, Irish racewalker and World Championship Gold Medalist Olive Loughnane and Paralympian and Cross Bench Peer Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson.

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The main audience for the conference will be drawn from high performance coaches working in professional or amateur performance and elite sport, coach developers, national governing body staff and leaders, sport science and medical professionals working in professional or amateur elite sport, as well for academic leaders and students from a Sport Science & Management background.

It is expected that the Conference will draw leaders from across Europe with the added benefit of showing off the facilities now in place at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.

“I am delighted to officially launch the 2017 HPX Conference which will see High Performance professionals from all corners of the world descend on Dublin for the two day event,” said Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan.

“It is critically important that we bring all the voices and expertise around the table and have the opportunity to not only have their say in relation to Rio 2016, but more importantly to look forward to Tokyo 2020.”


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“The knowledge exchange and conversation that will take place during and around the conference will help ensure Ireland’s coaches, performance directors and athletes are equipped with the best information to continue Ireland’s success on the international stage.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming some of the best High Performance Sports Professionals to Dublin for the HPX Conference which will be an invaluable experience for performance practitioners here in Ireland,” added Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy.

“With a line up packed with experience and insight Sport Ireland hopes that this conference will attract many visitors from overseas which will add to the overall experience of the large audience we are anticipating at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena.”


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The HPX Conference is an initiative of Sport Ireland Coaching and Sport Ireland Institute.

“This is the third HPX Knowledge Exchange Conference, and it will be Ireland’s largest gathering of High Performance sports professionals this year,” added Director of the Sport Ireland Institute Liam Harbison.

“HPX will bring people together to really capture the lessons learned from the Rio cycle from an athlete, coach, and a performance leader perspective, as well as from the wider system, putting those lessons on paper, debating them and looking at how they could impact our services for athletes, NGBs, and High Performance coaches, directors and their teams towards Tokyo 2020.”

2017 marks a new level of ambition for the HPX Knowledge Exchange Conference, with over 40 speakers from 9 countries confirmed to share their key lessons learned across a range of key human performance domains.


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