Ellen Keane, Para-Swimming European Champion

Ellen Keane has been one of Ireland’s liveliest and most engaging stars since she first swam for Ireland at the Paralympic Games in Beijing as a 13-year-old in 2008.

Ten years on she was the Gold medal star of the Allianz European Para-Swimming Championships staged at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, playing her part in putting us on a higher stage than ever in terms of World Sport.

Keane’s influence goes deeper than the pool though and her role in demystifying disability is one that makes a real impact.

From being open and honest about the challenges she faced as a child, talking about coming to terms with her ‘lucky fin’ and maintaining her place at the top of her sport while studying culinary entrepreneurship at DIT and being an athlete ambassador for Sky Sports and Allianz she shows every day what is possible.

She was a star speaker at our recent Sport for Business Sport for Social Good event and this interview ‘Being Ellen Keane’ from a year ago gives a good insight into why she really is one of the most influential Women in Irish sport.

50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport 2018 is brought to you by Sport for Business in partnership with our friends at Liberty Insurance.

Over the coming weeks, we will identify more leaders on and off the field of play. They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities and what they have achieved. 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.

We want your voice in who the remainder should be. Who do you come across in your working life within sport, or in your position as an observer, that you feel deserves recognition.

Contact us today Quoting Women in Sport 2018 Nomination to let us know who you think should be joining us.

This year we will be inviting each of our nominated 50 to join us at our Annual Women in Sport Conference, hosted this year in the studios of RTÉ on Wednesday morning, December 5th.

We will be unveiling the line up of speakers we have joining us over the coming weeks and will make places available to book, initially for Sport for Business members, from Monday, October 17th.

We will also be publishing this year’s Women of Influence list, together with other interviews and content relating to the cause of promoting Women in Sport in a commemorative booklet.

If you would like to highlight the work your organisation is doing in this area as part of this project CONTACT US TODAY, Quoting Women in Sport 2019 Partnership and let’s talk about the options that are available.