Karen Coventry is the Director of Sport at Special Olympics Ireland.

She stepped up to the role in 2018 and oversaw Ireland’s participation in the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.

Since then she has wrestled with the impact of Covid and lockdowns on a vulnerable group for whom many of the routes back to regular sport open to others were just too difficult.

She will deliver though, with sights set firmly on a return to club action and then building back for National and International Games in 2022 and 2023.

Coventry was a Regional Development Officer for Dublin and went back to Waterford Institute of Technology to undertake a Masters degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology.


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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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