Irishwoman Mary Davis named as CEO of Special Olympics

Davis has been involved with the organisation for 40 years

Mary Davis, Special Olympics,

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An Irish woman has been revealed as the new global CEO of the Special Olympics.

Mary Davis has spent the past 40 years with the sports organisation for people with intellectual disabilities.

She was in charge of the Special Olympics World Games when they were held in Ireland in 2003, which was the first time they'd ever been held outside the US.

Davis has previously served as the CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, as well as Managing Director of the European branch of the organisation.

Mary Davis also gained fame after her bid to become President of the country five years ago.