Ireland Rugby Head Coach, Joe Schmidt, will join a host of world leaders in the area of High Performance Sport in the speaker line-up for the High Performance Knowledge Exchange (HPX) Conference, which will take place in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena on October 6th and 7th.
Having coached Ireland to back-to-back Six Nations titles and Leinster to two Heineken Cup wins, Schmidt is well versed in what it takes to succeed at the highest level. His talk on ‘The Role of Lessons Learned in Driving Excellence’ will look to highlight the importance of developing and maintaining a strong learning culture and practice in order to achieve excellence in sport.
Joe joins a line-up of speakers which already includes 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 Medallist Olive Loughnane and Paralympian and Cross Bench Peer Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson.
“The HPX 2017 Conference has an impressive collection of well qualified and successful sporting professionals covering a range of key aspects of high performance sport,” said Schmidt.
“I’m looking forward to hearing from the presenters at the conference as well as sharing some of my beliefs regarding the importance of having a strong learning ethos in the quest to achieve excellence in the very competitive world of sport.”
“We are delighted that Joe will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2017 HPX Conference,” added Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy. “Joe’s experience in both his career as a school teacher and in international sport at the highest level puts him in the ideal position to impart his knowledge on how learning from past performances is part of what it takes to succeed.”
“I am delighted that the HPX Conference is being embraced by coaches, support personnel and athletes both here in Ireland and overseas and I’m looking forward to what is shaping up to be an insightful and informative two days.”
2017 marks a new level of ambition for the HPX Conference, with over 40 speakers from 9 countries confirmed to share their key lessons learned across a range of key human performance domains.
The Conference aims to showcase some of the key lessons identified by top athletes, coaches, science professionals and performance leaders during the Rio 2016 cycle, and to explore the role of talent development in shaping the future of high-performance sport.
It also confirms the importance of Ireland as a great place to talk about the future of Sport with the One-Zero event taking place at Croke Park ten days after and drawing keynote speakers and sporting leaders from around the world.
Sport Ireland, Failte Ireland and RTÉ Sport are among the more than 220 organisations that play an active part of the Sport for Business community.