‘Genuine Prospects’


The Irish Sailing Association today (Thursday, 3rd May 2012) announced that Providence Resources P.l.c., the Irish oil and gas exploration and production company, are to sponsor the Irish Olympic Sailing Team. The sponsorship will enable the team to undertake worldclass preparations in advance of London 2012 and beyond.


The Irish Olympic Sailing Team are considered ‘Genuine Prospects’ for a medal in the London 2012 Games.  Providence Resources have also identified ‘Genuine Prospects’ offshore Ireland, with the largest multi-basin drilling campaign in the history of the state currently underway.


The Olympic sailing team members include:


Annalise Murphy, Laser (Radial)

Peter O’Leary & David Burrows, (Star)

Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern, (49er)


A further three campaigns will be competing for Olympic qualification during May including Gerbil Owens and Scott Flanigan (470), James Espey (Laser) and Ross Hamilton (Finn)


The partnership was launched today in Dublin by Olympic Sailor Annalise Murphy and Providence Resources Chief Executive, Tony O’Reilly.


Announcing the Sponsorship Olympic Sailor, Annalise Murphy said:


“This is great news for the team. This support has given the whole team a huge boost in our preparations for London 2012. We have a very busy schedule of training and events between now and then.  There is huge excitement in the build up to the Games and we are looking forward to focussing on our performance”.


Tony O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Providence Resources P.l.c., said:


“Providence Resources are proud and delighted to sponsor the Irish Olympic Sailing Team ‘Genuine Prospects’ for 2012, including their preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  We believe they have “Genuine Prospects” for a medal, which would be great news for Ireland, and we encourage everybody to get behind the Irish Sailing Team”.  


Irish Sailing Association Performance Director, James O’Callaghan, said:


“We would like to thank Providence Resources for their support for the team and we look forward to working together to achieve our common goal. . ..This is the first time the Olympic Sailing Team has worked with a title sponsor and we very much appreciate the boost this sponsorship has given our London 2012 preparations”.