The New Zealand Way for Irish Sport

The Federation of Irish Sport is to bring two time Olympian and current chief executive of Sport New Zealand, Peter Miskimmin, to Trinity College Dublin on May 31st for its Annual Conference.

The performance of New Zealand at the last two Olympic Games with such a similar demographic, sporting and financial profile as Ireland has long been held up as a model for how we might approach the provision of sport at elite as well as community level.

Now we will get to hear straight from the horse’s mouth just how to set about getting results.

New Zealand won 19 medals at the Rio Olympic Games. Imagine the celebration and lift to Ireland’s overall sporting wellbeing were we to achieve that. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar referenced the new Zealand achievement when he was elected last year and the Government will be represented at the Conference this year by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.

The theme of this year’s Conference, the first under new Chief Executive Mary O’Connor, is “Sport: The New Zealand Way. Grassroots to Greats. What can Ireland learn?”


Miskimmmin and his colleague Geoff Barry who heads up Sport New Zealand’s Community Sport programme will share the experiences that have helped to create highly successful programmes across all areas of sport in New Zealand.

Leadership from across Ireland’s sporting landscape will be present and there will be lessons to learn for business as well in how success has been created and sustained.

Olympic Council of Ireland President Sarah Keane will address the topic of Why Olympic Sport is important, while Mary O’Connor will look at what could be achieved by Irish sport with more targeted investment in people and programmes.

“New Zealand has been successful at all levels of sport and we are delighted that the people behind that success have agreed to join us and to share the plans and strategies that have made sport in New Zealand so successful,” said O’Connor.

“I urge anyone with an interest in the future of sport in Ireland to join us in the Edmund Burke Theatre at Trinity College for what promises to be an afternoon of real discovery.”

There are a limited number of opportunities for commercial partners to get involved in this prestigious event, reaching out to leaders across the whole of Ireland’s sporting community.  For information on how you can get involved, email us today quoting Irish Sport in the subject line.

It promises to be a great afternoon to tee up the Summer of Sport.

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