Coughlan, Wood on elite sport body

EAMON Coughlan and Keith Wood are amongst the high profile board members of the new Irish Institute of Sport under the executive chairmanship of Sean Kelly.

Sports Minister John O’Donoghue announced the appointments yesterday.

Said Mr O’Donoghue: “The board members will support Sean Kelly and his executive team in developing an Irish Institute of Sport dedicated to supporting Ireland’s elite athletes. They have a range of skills and experience which will be of enormous benefit to the institute.”

The Irish Institute of Sport was established to produce sporting champions for Ireland.

The institute will identify Ireland’s top athletes and build individualised and intensive programmes of support around them.

John Treacy, chief executive of the Irish Sports Council, said: “In 2006, we saw a number of world class performances from Irish sports people and 2007 has started encouragingly. In this exciting environment, Sean Kelly and his institute team have begun the delivery of direct services to athletes and progress will continue to be seen in their work through 2007.”

Irish Institute of Sport Board Members: Sean Kelly (Executive Chairman); Maurice Ahern (Irish Sports Council, Dublin City Councillor); Peter McLoone (Irish Sports Council, General Secretary; IMPACT Union); Rory McCabe (Barrister); Eamon Coughlan (Former Olympic Athlete); Keith Wood (Former International Rugby Player); Sinead Jennings (International Rower); Siobhan Treacy (Chartered Physiotherapist); Tom Reilly (Sports Scientist); Dr Aideen Henry (Sports Medicine Specialist); Gary Owens (Businessman, Chairman; Athletics Ireland); Paddy Heffernan (Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism); Stephen Martin (Olympic Council of Ireland); Anne Ebbs (Paralympic Council of Ireland); Caroline Murphy (National Sports Campus Development Authority).

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