Chef de Mission
Gavin Noble is the Paris 2024 Chef de Mission and Team Ireland Brand Director, he has been with the team since 2018, leading teams at EYOF and was Deputy Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020. He was also Vice Chair for the Team Ireland Athletes’ Commission between 2017-2021.
A London 2012 Olympian, he was Ireland’s first-ever male representative in triathlon and has since coached multiple Irish triathletes to national and international success.
A former Head of Global Sports Marketing with Specialized Bicycles (USA), and Head of Content with PR agency Wilson Hartnell, he brings significant commercial and marketing expertise, aiming to enhance the Olympic Journey by blending performance and experience.
Deputy Chef de Mission
Nancy has been employed by the Olympic Federation of Ireland as High Performance Manager since 2019. She was Chef de Mission for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games as well as for several Winter and Summer Youth Games, including the upcoming 2024 Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon, South Korea.
She is currently Deputy Chef de Mission for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games and will be responsible for the Team Ireland pre-games camp before becoming part of the in-games HQ team.
She has a background in sports psychology and currently sits on the IRFU’s professional game board. She previously sat on the board of Hockey Ireland and served as chair of their high performance committee. She came to the OFI having worked as Player Development Manager with Rugby Players Ireland and before that, as Performance Director for Paralympics Ireland during the very successful London and Rio Games cycles.
Deputy Chef De Mission
Phil Moore is a Deputy Chef de Mission for Paris 2024 and heads up the Science and Medicine Support team.
He filled the same role for Tokyo 2020. Phil is also Director of Performance Support for the Sport Ireland Institute.
Before joining the Institute, Phil was head of Science and Medicine for GB Hockey for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games and has been involved in supporting athletes at all Summer Games since then.
In his distant past, he played lacrosse for Scotland and coached both men’s and women’s teams.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr James O'Donovan
Martin has been an Olympic sports administrator for over 30 years, organizing Irish teams for the Summer & Winter Games, Youth Olympic Games and European Youth Olympic Festivals since 1992.
In his current role, he is responsible for all aspects of team accreditation and sports entries, from initial long list athlete data collection to issuing team members with their accreditation card upon their arrival at the Olympic Village. He works closely with each Chef de Mission, International Olympic Committee and Olympic Games Organising Committee to ensure that our athletes have the best possible chance of success.
Martin attained a Masters in Olympic Sports Management (MEMOS) IN 2015
sports Services Manager
Mark Mac Namee joined the OFI in May 2023 as Sports Services Manager. He graduated from Dublin City University with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree and subsequently completed a Msc. in Sports Management at Coventry University. Mark has experience in the Sport Industry having worked with the Football Association of Ireland and UEFA. He brings experience across a number of areas including operations, logistics, kit/equipment management and more.
Mark is passionate about sport having played soccer and Gaelic football with his local team, Clontarf. More recently, Mark has also completed the Dublin marathon and an Ironman 70.3 distance triathlon.
sports Science LEad
Prof. Sharon Madigan
Prof. Sharon Madigan (RD, BSc, MSc, PhD, SENr, FFSEM [Hon]) is currently Head of Performance Nutrition at the Irish Institute of Sport. She also has significant experience as a clinical dietitian and has a Ph.D. in Nutrition Education.
She is responsible for the delivery and coordination of nutrition services for elite Irish athletes across a range of sports. She has delivered nutrition support to athletes over five Olympic cycles (Athens, Beijing, London, Rio, Tokyo) and other major championships.
As well as working with individual athletes has been involved with the science and medical committee of the Olympic Federation of Ireland in the planning and logistics at two camp bases.
She is the Lead Scientist for the Paris Cycle.
Sarah Jane McDonnell
Sarah Jane has been involved in High Performance sport in Ireland since 2005, with an extensive background of working in high performance rowing and swimming.
She has been the Head of Sports Rehabilitation in Sport Ireland Institute since 2012. She has been part of the physiotherapy team for Team Ireland for four summer games and one winter games.
Sarah Jane was the Team Ireland Lead Physiotherapist for Tokyo 2020 and is currently the Lead Physiotherapist for Paris 2024.
Linda oversees and manages the day-to-day operational tasks for the Olympic Games. Her responsibilities include managing logistics; scoping, planning and booking flights; hotels, transport and freight. She supports the Chef de Mission on all functional areas of games preparations and liaises with the Games Organising Committee and Sport Federations to ensure the smooth arrival and departure of the team while ensuring a positive experience for athletes, support staff and other stakeholders.
Linda also provides HQ support and administration during Games time and ensure smooth transition of athletes and support staff to the Athlete village and is a member of the Ticketing Team responsible for the distribution and control of the ticketing process, including the Athlete Family and Friends programme and Team Sports allocation.
Linda works closely with Finance to ensure budget tracking and closely monitoring International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Solidarity funding stream for Games funding.
She also liaises with IOC protocol regarding President and Secretary General attendance, travel and accommodation at the Olympic Games.