Harbison will leave his role as Chief Executive of Paralympics Ireland in early 2017
Sport Ireland have confirmed the appointment of Liam Harbison as the new Director of the Sport Ireland Institute.
Harbison will leave his current position as Chief Executive of Paralympics Ireland to take up the position in early February, and will be tasked with ensuring Ireland’s top athletes receive best supports available, as well as leading the ongoing development of a world class culture within the Sport Ireland Institute.
Harbison has a proven track record in the area of high performance sport, having served as Paralympics Ireland’s Performance Director before taking up the role of Chief Executive in 2008. Harbison also served as Team Ireland’s Chef de Mission for the highly successful 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Sport Ireland Chairman, Kieran Mulvey, welcomed Harbison’s appointment saying: "I am delighted with the appointment of Liam Harbison to position of Director of the Sport Ireland Institute. Through his impressive work with Paralympics Ireland, Liam has clearly shown that he has the attributes to continue the great work of the Institute in providing world class supports to Ireland’s leading athletes."
Throughout his time with Paralympics Ireland, Liam has led the transformation of Paralympic Sport in Ireland resulting in the highly significant and measurable improvement in athlete performance at Paralympic Games. At the recent Rio Games, Team Ireland returned with 11 medals surpassing the pre-Games target of eight medals.
Commenting on his appointment, Liam Harbison said: “While sorry to be leaving the Paralympic movement after 14 great years and the many great people I've had the privilege of working with and for, I'm excited by the new opportunity and challenge of directing the Sport Ireland Institute. I look forward to working with the Sport Ireland Institute and the National Governing Bodies to continue the great work in world class service delivery to Ireland's athletes through to Tokyo 2020.”