Paralympics Ireland have announced that Neasa Russell has been appointed to the position of Sports Director, which follows an extensive recruitment process.
As Sports Director, Neasa will play a key role in driving the future of Para Sport in Ireland, working closely with the Performance Director of Paralympics Ireland.
The Galway native will also lead Team Ireland as the Chef de Mission at the upcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.
Neasa brings a wealth of experience to Paralympics Ireland, having most recently held the position of Head of Talent Development in Sport England, where she played an integral role in developing a world leading talent ID system. Previously, Neasa was the Lead Performance Pathway Scientist for UK Sport, having also worked in GB Rowing Team and Rowing Ireland.
Speaking on her appointment as Sports Director, Neasa said, “I feel very privileged to be joining Paralympics Ireland and becoming part of such a positive and inclusive sporting movement. I am really looking forward to the prospect of supporting Team Ireland in what will be an extraordinary Paralympic Games in Tokyo. I am also very grateful for the opportunity to work alongside our partners in the Paralympic community and the wider sport sector. I think there is great scope to grow the para-sport system so people can reach their potential in sport and life. Onwards and upwards!”.
Speaking about the appointment of Neasa Russell as Sports Director and Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020, Paralympics Ireland CEO, Miriam Malone said, “On behalf of everyone at Paralympics Ireland I would like to welcome Neasa Russell into the role of Sports Director. We are delighted to have Neasa join our team in this exciting role and I very much look forward to working with Neasa in the lead up to the Paralympic Games and beyond”.