Women in Sport 2017 – Michelle Tanner

Sport for Business, in partnership with Liberty Insurance, is publishing our third annual list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Irish Sport.

This is not about Women’s sport, it is about the influence that women are wielding across all sport.  We will identify leaders on and off the field of play.  They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities on and off the field of play.  They will come from teams and individual sports, from sponsorship partners, from the media, from the administrative corridors of power and from places where influence may be subtle but no less powerful.


Michelle Tanner

The Head of Sport at Trinity College Dublin has only recently stepped down as President of the European Network of Academic Sports Services linking 22 countries across the continent.

Tanner has been on the board of Student Sport Ireland for seventeen years and during her time at Trinity has overseen a significant upgrade in the sports facilities available to students on the campus.

She is currently in the midst of executing ‘Raising Our Game’  a strategic plan for sport in Trinity which is enabling an investment of €13m in sports facilities and programmes between over three years to 2018.

On the field of play Trinity’s Rugby team is playing in the top flight of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League while the Trinity Women’s Hockey Team are doing likewise in the EY Hockey League.

Tanner has responsibility for all sport and recreation in Trinity and is a former Irish Senior International Volleyball player.

See the others in our list of the most Influential Women in Irish Sport including  Gemma BellTracey KennedyKatie TaylorJoy NevilleNiamh O’DonoghueJoan O’FlynnLindsay PeatAnnalise MurphyDee ForbesEmma ByrneFiona CoghlanDr Una MayAnne O’LearyCora Staunton, Sarah Keane and Jessica Harrington.

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