Michelle Tanner is head of Sport at Trinity College Dublin, a position she has held since 2009.

Third level education has suffered under successive lockdowns with the vast majority of lectures and activities taking place online. brief respites have allowed for some return of activities but it is only now going into 2022 that most colours sporting activities are coming back.

Tanner has been to the fore in representing Student Sport and was a contributor to our session on that subject in 2020.

She was appointed as a Board Member of Sport Ireland in July of 2021 and is also on the Gender Equality Working Group of the International University Sports Federation.

Having played international Volleyball for Ireland she has been keen to ensure a wide range of diversity in the impressive Trinity Sports Scholarship programme.


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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.


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