In a statement released by the Olympic Council of Ireland, it has been revealed Stephen Martin has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer.
Stephen, who has held the post since 2006, will remain on as chef de mission for the Irish team during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang before departing the scene to ‘pursue other interests’.
OCI President, Sarah Keane, stated: “On behalf of the OCI board, I wish to acknowledge Stephen’s hard work and service to the Irish Olympic movement.”
“Stephen’s experience and relationships with national and international sporting bodies were of value to the OCI over the past decade.”
“As Stephen leaves to pursue other interests we wish him the very best for the future,” she concluded.
A special day ahead of #Pyeongchang2018 https://t.co/YPAKsjUtfu
— Team Ireland (@TeamIreland) October 24, 2017
Born in County Down, Stephen won an Olympic bronze in hockey with Great Britain in 1984 and 1988 and had previously held the post of deputy CEO of the British Olympic Association.
The former Olympian earned 135 caps with Ireland, captaining the side on many occasions, while he was also deputy chef de mission for the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games and chef de mission for the 2014 Winter Games.
Commenting on his departure, Stephen stated: “I would like to thank OCI staff and the board members for their support over the past decade.”
After eleven years in charge, former Olympic medal winner leaves OCI post.https://t.co/EUPfkAnBkS #RTESport
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) November 3, 2017
“I would particularly like to pay tribute to the athletes for their tremendous contribution to Irish sport. As a former Olympian I recognise the commitment, dedication and sacrifices required.”
“It has been my privilege and honour to work with them and I wish them every success in their sporting careers.”
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