Karen Coventry, Special Olympics Ireland


Karen Coventry was confirmed in 2018 as the new Director of Sport at Special Olympics Ireland.

She succeeded Frances Kavanagh who retired after 25 years, having been one of the founding members of Special Olympics Ireland as a volunteer in 1978.

They are big shoes to fill for Coventry but she is a very capable operator across a number of sporting areas. She has worked closely with Kavanagh as Regional Development Officer for Dublin and went back to Waterford Institute of Technology in recent years to undertake a Masters degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology.

She led the Irish team to the World Winter Games in Austria in 2017 and is a highly qualified coach as well.

Coventry took up this key role within the organisation in a hugely important year. Not only did Special Olympics Ireland celebrate their 40th Anniversary but they also saw the return of the Ireland Games to Dublin for the first time in 16 years in June.

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