Sarah Keane, President of the Olympic Federation and CEO of Swim Ireland

It has been a year where the incredible hard work of 2017 in terms of bringing Ireland’s Olympic movement back from the brink has begun to yield its reward for the movement and for its President Sarah Keane.

The appointment of Peter Sherrard as the new CEO has allowed her to take a step backwards from the public facing task of renewing the Olympic movement here but she is centrally associated with all the work that has been undertaken.

The organisation has changed from the Olympic Council to the Olympic Federation of Ireland with a new brand image.

In addition to Sherrard other individuals have been brought onto the team and communication has stepped up around the achievement of the athletes in the Winter Olympics earlier this year and the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina in October.

Keane has also been able to oversee growth at Swim Ireland where elite performers are starting to shine again in a new high performance operation and where Shane Ryan captured a bronze medal at the European Swimming Championships in the summer.

Swim Ireland was also a partner of the Allianz European Para Swimming Championships staged in Dublin in August.

Keane remains open and accesible and while she will always be quick to credit those around here on the OFI and Swim Ireland teams her energy and determination are a key element of what both have been able to achieve.

50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport 2018 is brought to you by Sport for Business in partnership with our friends at Liberty Insurance.

Over the coming weeks, we will identify more leaders on and off the field of play. They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities and what they have achieved. They will come from teams and individual sports, from sponsorship partners, from the media, from the administrative corridors of power and from places where influence may be subtle but no less powerful.

We want your voice in who the remainder should be. Who do you come across in your working life within sport, or in your position as an observer, that you feel deserves recognition.

Contact us today Quoting Women in Sport 2018 Nomination to let us know who you think should be joining us.

This year we will be inviting each of our nominated 50 to join us at our Annual Women in Sport Conference, hosted this year in the studios of RTÉ on Wednesday morning, December 5th.

We will be unveiling the line up of speakers we have joining us over the coming weeks and will make places available to book, initially for Sport for Business members, from Monday, October 17th.

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