Athletics Ireland has announced the appointment of Hamish Adams as its new chief executive, seeing him leave the same role at Rowing Ireland little over two years out from the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
The decision was ratified on Monday at an Athletics Ireland board meeting, with Adams to replace John Foley when the incumbent chief executive retires after eight years in the job at the end of April.
New Zealand native Adams has spent five years at Rowing Ireland, during which time Irish athletes enjoyed success on the global stage, including the silver medals won by the O’Donovan brothers, Paul and Gary, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Commenting on his new role, Adams said: “I feel very privileged to take up the role of chief executive of Athletics Ireland. I look forward to engaging with all the Athletics Ireland stakeholders. Ireland has a proud history and tradition in athletics and I look forward to contributing to its continued growth at the commencement of my role as CEO in early May.
“High performance and coaching as well as the national health agenda to increase physical activity levels are areas I am especially passionate about and I plan to contribute significantly in these areas with the Athletics Ireland team.”
The president of Athletics Ireland, Georgina Drumm, welcomed the new appointment: “The board is delighted to welcome Hamish as the new CEO of Athletics Ireland. We were overwhelmed with the interest in the role which gave a positive reflection on how our sport is viewed. We are pleased to have someone of Hamish’s calibre and experience to be joining our team.
“I would like to thank John for the significant contribution he has made to every aspect of our sport over an eight year period as CEO and he will continue to do so until his retirement in April 2018.”