Moira Aston has served as CEO of Canoeing Ireland since December 2018 and is a highly respected leader across the sporting ecosystem.

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

She brought to life a ‘Bridge the Gap’ initiative within her own sport helping to identify outstanding Women in the sport that can develop into leadership roles.

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

Previously 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.

See who else has been named on the list alongside Moira Aston by clicking on the image below.




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

Read more about the list and nominate who you think should be a part of it in 2022.

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.