Two Irish sports professionals, Olympian and Get Ireland Swimming National Co-Ordinator Grainne Murphy and Conor Meany (Basketball Ireland) were selected for the New Leaders Sport Leadership Education Programme. The pair were selected following a European application process to the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Finland and are among thirty game-changers throughout Europe.

New Leaders is a legacy project of Birgitta Kervinen, 2017 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women and Sport World Trophy Winner and is an educational programme that is a joint effort coordinated by the NOC of Finland together with the IOC, European Olympic Committee (EOC), NOCs of Lithuania, Ireland and Azerbaijan, and championed by the EOC Gender Equality Commission.

The fifteen male and fifteen female game-changers represent twenty-six countries across Europe. The aim of the programme is to help participants enhance their personal leadership skills as up and coming leaders which will, in turn, have a wider impact on the sports movement across Europe.

The Programme comprises of three workshops and a conference hosted by National Olympic Committees, where the successful candidates will explore aspects of leadership such as strategic goal setting, conflict management and persuasive communication. The Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) will be hosting the second workshop on the 9-11 April.