Chillingworth appointed Chef d...


Chillingworth appointed Chef de Mission for 2022 Winter Olympic Games

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Nancy Chillingworth has been appointed as Team Ireland's Chef de Mission for Beijing 2022 by the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI).

Chillingworth has been working as a High Performance manager for the OFI since last year and was Team Ireland’s Chef de Mission at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne.

She is also the OFI’s pre-Games training camp manager for the Tokyo Olympic Games, overseeing arrangements for athletes and performance staff in Fukuroi and Hamamatsu prior to entering the Olympic Village in Tokyo.

"We congratulate Nancy Chillingworth on her appointment as Chef de Mission for Beijing 2022," OFI President Sarah Keane said in a statement today.

"Nancy has already been involved in the planning process for the Games, having completed a site visit to each of the three Olympic venues in China in November 2019.

"She has also proved herself as part of Tricia Heberle’s Tokyo Games leadership team, and as Chef de Mission for the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne earlier this year. We are delighted to give her this well-deserved opportunity."

Speaking on her appointment, Chillingworth said, "This appointment is an honour for me and a project that I very much look forward to taking on.

"While a large part of my focus in the next year will be on preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games, it is ideal from a planning perspective that I can also continue and the develop the work that has started on planning for Beijing 2022."

Meanwhile, the OFI Board has also renewed the contract for its CEO, Peter Sherrard, through to December 2024.

Sherrard was appointed by the OFI in early 2018 through to 2020 and the OFI say that the new contract, "will allow him to continue to grow the organisation and oversee its development through the Olympic Games of Tokyo in 2021, Beijing 2022 and Paris in 2024."

Keane added: "We are delighted to have secured Peter’s leadership for the coming Olympic Cycle.

"He has brought a tremendous amount of energy to the role and has succeeded in making hugely positive advances for the Federation in a short space of time.

"He has been excellent to work with and brings a highly professional approach. As a Board we are very happy to have secured his services through to 2024."

Peter Sherrard OFI CEO said, "I would like to thank Sarah Keane and the Board for making my job so fulfilling.

"Their strategic oversight and advice has been of major assistance to me in growing the OFI team and has made it much easier for me to deliver significant changes for the organisation over the past three years.

"I congratulate Nancy Chillingworth on her appointment as Chef de Mission for Beijing 2022.

"She has been a real asset to the Federation in the build up to Tokyo and we are very happy to have secured her expertise for this challenge in 2022."

The OFI also announced that it is opening a recruitment process for the position of Chef de Mission for the European Games in 2023 and the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.

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