Allyson Gormley is the General Manager of Riot Games Global esports Production Facility opening in Dublin as part of a ‘follow-the sun’ model for the eSports giant.  She is a newcomer to our list this year and the first representative from the burgeoning world of esports to be recognised in this fashion.

Gormley may be known by some within the wider sporting community having served as Executive Assistant to John Treacy as CEO of the Irish Sports Council (Sport Ireland) between 2006 and 2009.

Her move into the online world came in another Executive Assistant role o management at the GVC Group in Dublin which trades as Sportingbet.

She joined Riot Games in 2013 and has now been handed the responsibility of creating the first full production broadcast facility for the gaming company ahead of others to be located in Seattle and the Asia Pacific region.


Check out the others who have so far joined the list right here.




This is the ninth edition of our Sport for Business listing of 50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport.

We are proud to do so this year with a new partner in AIG, an organisation that have pledged their commitment to equality in their partnerships with Gaelic Games, Tennis, Golf and more, for whom “Effort is Equal” and with whom we have ambitious plans to extend the reach of this annual celebration of the Women who are making a difference.

They are drawn as before from the worlds of leadership, partnership, storytelling and performance.

We began this journey in 2013 when challenged that we would never be able to produce a list of twenty Influential Women in Irish Sport. The 20 stretched to 30, then 40 and 50 and it still does not do justice to the talent that is out there.

This year once more, to keep things fresh we will introduce at least 30 per cent of fresh names from last year. That will be the hardest part to have some names replaced but if it was too easy it would be of less value.

The list we will continue to build over the coming weeks is a snapshot of those women who are making a mark on how sport is played, consumed, grown and delivered.

They are part of making the role of women in sport unexceptional by being exceptional in what they do.

Recognition of their contribution is rarely asked for but is fully deserved, and we want your help in identifying those who you feel should be among them.

So, who do you think should be on the list for 2021?



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