Moira Aston was appointed as CEO of Canoeing Ireland in December of 2018 and has since completed her first Olympic Cycle with Liam Jegou becoming Ireland’s first athlete to qualify for Tokyo, and seen the sport win Silver Medals at European and World Championships.

She has also completed one strategic plan and launched another.

Highly regarded among her peers on the Sport Ireland Campus she is one of a trio of female CEO’s in water sport alongside Michelle Carpenter in Rowing and Sarah Keane in Swimming.

She was elected to the Executive Committee of the Olympic Federation of Ireland and is also on the board of the Meath Local Sports Partnership

Prior to taking on this role, she held senior administrative positions at Athletics Ireland, including as Operations Director. She completed a Masters in Business Administration at UCD Smurfit Business School in 2018.


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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