Representing Ireland on the global stage is not only the preserve of athletes in a sporting context.

The value of leading Irish administrators stepping up to be contributors at the European and World level adds to the credibility which we have as a sporting nation and can deliver significant benefit to the sport back at home as well.

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom and Paralympic Ireland CEO at the time Liam Harbison both were part of the top table decision making in their sports and it is not unrelated that Ireland’s ascent to full test member status in the former and as host of the Allianz European Para Swim Championships followed.

Bernard O’Byrne sat on the Finance Committee of European Basketball’s governing body and Ireland has played host to Underage and Small Countries European Championship subsequent to his election.

Whether it is the connection through a meeting, the raised awareness of our attributes or even the sidebar conversation that takes place in an airport departure lounge, networking at this level works.

The latest sport to hopefully benefit will be Canoeing after the election of Ciaran Maguire to one of the International Canoeing Federation’s top committees.

Maguire has a long history in the discipline of Freestyle, as both a competitor on the water and developing the sport off the water.

He was appointed to the role of Events and Development Manager at Canoeing Ireland in March 2020 and will now play a part in the ongoing development of the sport around the world as well as in Ireland.


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