Anne Ebbs RIP

Paralympics Legend Ann Ebbs RIP

The death has occurred of Anne Ebbs.

Paralympics Legend Ann Ebbs RIP

All involved in Paralympic sports are greatly saddened at the death of Irish Paralympian Ann Ebbs.


Anne devoted her life to Paralympic Sport, both as a three time Paralympic medal winner, and as the founder of the Irish Paralympic Council which subsequently became Paralympics Ireland where she served as the General Secretary between 1987 and 2008.


Meath woman Ebbs, who was born in 1940, was a table tennis player of some renown having won silver at the 1972 Games and the 1984 Games along with Bronze at the 1980 Games in Arnhem.


After a storied playing career she turned her attention to sports administration where she was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Paralympic Council of Ireland which she lead as General Secretary until her retirement in 2008.


Anne also held the position of Sports Director with the Irish Wheelchair Association and was Chef de Mission for the 1988 Paralympic Games in Seoul and Deputy Chef at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.


Her contribution to sport has been recognised both nationally and internationally as she was given the honour of being made a lifelong honorable member of Paralympics Ireland in 2013. She also received the highest honour in Paralympic Sport when she was selected for the Irish Paralympic order in 2012, an honour she had also previously received from the International Paralympic Committee in 2008 in recognition of her contribution to the Paralympic movement.


Anne will be greatly missed by all associated with Irish Paralympic sport and her life, career and legacy will be celebrated throughout this Paralympic Games year.


Ár she is dé go raibh a anam.

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