Sport Ireland has this morning published its annual comprehensive review of the work of the Sport Ireland Institute in 2019.
The report outlines the extent of work carried out by the Institute team in support of, and in partnership with, Ireland’s high performance sports in the key year for qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Throughout the year there were a number of key milestones which will ensure that Team Ireland arrives in Tokyo, albeit twelve months later than expected, in better shape than any teams we have sent before.
The growth of the Institute as a hub for the High Performance Community in Ireland is evidenced by a growth in visitor numbers over the year of 47 per cent.
This has not led to any fall off in satisfaction though with the annual user sentiment survey for the Sport Ireland Institute showing a satisfaction rating of 88.4 per cent from athletes.
“The Sport Ireland Institute continues to go from strength to strength in preparing our athletes for competition and supporting the high performance community,” said Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.
“There is real energy within high performance sport and the Sport Ireland Institute is a key factor fuelling this momentum.”
“We are now encountering uncertain times, which has seen sport been put on a hiatus for the moment. I have been engaging with leaders from the sports sector recently and I have been heartened by how they are reacting and adapting to the situation.”
“The Sport Ireland Institute is no different and I commend the staff on how they are continuing to innovate and support the needs of our athletes.”
The successful hosting of the HPX2019 Conference at Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, which was attended by over 200 members of the High Performance Community, was also referenced as being one of the highlights of the year.
“The level of usage of the Institute services and the High Performance Centre at the Sport Ireland Campus continues to grow in response to demands from our athletes and sports.”
“The results from the annual sentiment survey continue to indicate high levels of impact on performance resulting from the range of support services provided by the Sport Ireland Institute team.”
“I’m particularly pleased to see the strength of the partnerships which have developed at an operational level between the Sport Ireland Institute team and the Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics Ireland. While we now have to wait to see the full benefits of these alliances at the Games in Tokyo in 2021, I’ve no doubt this whole system alignment will have a significant impact on the performance of Team Ireland in Tokyo.”
“The Sport Ireland Institute team is committed to supporting Ireland’s athletes with a range of performance support services that will boost their performances as they qualify for and compete at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games,” added Liam Harbison, Director of the Sport Ireland Institute.
“We are very pleased with the large range of feedback received from the athletes in our annual survey and will continue to strive to respond to athlete and sport support demands over the coming period.”
“Our team of service providers were ready for Tokyo with detailed plans in place for before, during and after the Games. We are currently re-setting those plans with the Performance Directors and will reconfigure our support plans for all athletes accordingly as we emerge from the current crisis.”
“Our message is clear, while the High Performance Centre is currently closed, our team are busy continuing to provide support to the athletes and sports remotely during this difficult time. Once we are permitted to do so, we will reopen the centre quickly and focus all our efforts on a successful Games in 2021.”
Other highlights throughout 2019 included the continued partnerships with SAS Analytics and the National Dairy Council and the establishment of two new partnerships with Boyne Valley Group and the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh.
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