Anne McCormack is the Chief Operations Officer for Golf Ireland and one of the most nominated to make a first entry on this list.
She was a key member of the team that created Golf Ireland out of the transition from the GUI and ILGU as separate gender-based entities in 2021.
She began her career in golf in 2012, firstly with the ILGU and subsequently with the Confederation of Golf in Ireland where she nurtured the development of the game through club support and participation initiatives.
“Anne has been fundamental to the development of the game in Ireland and has a passion for inclusivity and equality, ensuring the game is open to all,” read one of her nominations.
She was the driving force behind the successful Get into Golf program, which is now delivered in over 250 clubs island-wide giving a structured and positive introduction to golf for women of all ages and abilities.
She is inspiring the next crop of female leaders via the Women in Golf Leadership programme, and is a worthy first-time entry to this list.
This is the tenth edition of our Sport for Business listing of 50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport.
We are proud to do so again this year with AIG, an organisation that has pledged its commitment to equality in its 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.
This year’s list will be 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 percent 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.