The Olympic Federation of Ireland mission, as a member of the International Olympic Movement, is to enhance Irish Sport, Irish Athletes and the country. A focus area in the strategic plan is ‘Putting Athletes First’, to ensure that being an Olympian is the pinnacle of their sporting career. The work of the Athletes’ Commission is to ensure that athletes are empowered to participate in and advise on decision making structures and have a voice on all key matters affecting Olympic athletes.

Athletes’ Commission Strategy can be downloaded here:




Shane  O’Connor – Alpine Skiing (Vancouver 2010) Chairperson

Natalya Coyle – Modern Pentathlon (London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020) Vice-Chairperson

Paddy Barnes – Boxing (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016)

Brendan Boyce – Athletics (London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020)

David Harte – Hockey (Rio 2016) EOC Athlete Commission Member

Claire Lambe – Rowing (Rio 2016)

Annalise Murphy Sailing (London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020)

Sanita Puspure – Rowing (London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020)


International Athletes Forum 2023 Concludes

Over the past two days, the 11th International Athletes’ Forum (IAF) brought together over 400 athlete representatives in Lausanne to discuss the most important issues for athletes across the Olympic Movement. The two days of discussion and debate resulted in a series of outcomes, announced by the IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) today. AC members from [...]

Athletes Commssion Invitation For Mentees

We have an interesting opportunity for athletes to be mentored by trained and experienced Olympians, an initiative from our Athletes’ Commission. Over the past few months, Olympians have been getting training and experience on how to be effective mentors, with the aim of being mentors to the next generation of Team Ireland athletes. Their role [...]


The Olympic Federation of Ireland today announced details of its 2023 discretionary funding packages to National Federations. A pot of €205,000 has been allocated to projects across seventeen sports, an amount that is in addition to the €115,000 Make a Difference Athlete’s Fund that was distributed to athletes last week. This brings to over one […]


ADDITIONAL FUNDS ADDED WITH €115,000 DISTRIBUTED ACROSS 16 SPORTS Following an overwhelming response in applications to the Make a Difference athlete fund that was announced by the OFI Athletes’ Commission earlier this year, the Olympic Federation of Ireland has channelled an additional €50,000 directly to athletes. Athletes across sixteen sports were awarded a total amount […]

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