Niamh O’Sullivan is the Director of High Performance at Sport Ireland.

She is responsible for the delivery and implementation of the 12-year High-Performance Strategy that was launched by Sport Ireland in 2021 and will be a key part of the preparation for the Paris, LA, and Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.

She has been central to the securing and implementation of multi-annual funding across high-performance sports from the Government and played a key role on the Government’s Return to Sport Expert Group throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

She joined Sport Ireland from Swim Ireland in 2016 and stepped up to the Director of High-Performance position in April 2020.

See who else has joined Niamh on the 2022 list 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.