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Sarah Keane is the new President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI)

Swim Ireland is delighted to confirm the election of our CEO Sarah Keane as the new President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI). Sarah was elected at the EGM of the OCI held on Thursday 9th February at the Conrad Hotel, Dublin.

Speaking after tonight’s election result Keane commented “I feel humbled and privileged to have been elected as President of the OCI this evening. I am grateful for the support and confidence shown to me by the Olympic Sports Federations and I look forward to working with them the other newly elected officers and Executive Committee members to reform and rebuild the OCI after what has been a very difficult few months for the Olympic movement in Ireland. I would also like to thank the Swim Ireland Chair Clare McGrath, the Board and Staff for all their support over the last few months”

“I am committed to working with the new Executive Committee and staff of the OCI to put in place administration and governance structures that are fit for purpose and best in class, to ensure an athlete centred approach in respect of all that we do and ultimately, that the OCI plays its part in enhancing the future development of sport in Ireland and represents the country well on the world stage. Some of the required changes will take some time as there are steps that have to be taken in order to facilitate the governance changes. I do, however, hope to call a meeting of the new Executive Committee in the next few days and with their input, agree a timetable for change. It is not appropriate for me to comment any further until the Executive Committee has met. I would ask for your patience and understanding in that regard. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Willie O’Brien and all the members of the outgoing Executive Committee well.”

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