Student Sport Ireland Hon. Secretary Elected ENAS President.

November 20, 2013  |  News  |  Share


Michelle Tanner, Head of Sport and Recreation at Trinity College Dublin and Student Sport Ireland Hon. Secretary, was recently elected President of The European Network of Academic Sports Services (ENAS) at the 16th Annual Conference in the University of Limerick.

Michelle is the first President from Ireland and the first female to take on this role.

ENAS, founded in 1997, is a non-governmental networking association of 105 member institutions from 21 countries in Europe. The Association works alongside key partners to provide opportunities for its members to share experiences and good practice to assist in their development. Michelle will be working with an Executive Committee team to promote and develop sport for all in Higher Education and encourage communication and mobility between members’ sports services.

This is the second achievement for Trinity College at a European level. Last year, the Sports Department won the ENAS Award for the Trinity Olympians Project.

The Provost of Trinity College leads the congratulations by stating ‘it is a wonderful honour for Trinity College to have the Head of Sport and Recreation at the top table for University Sport in Europe. It demonstrates how the achievements of the Sports Department can strengthen the College’s international reputation’.

Michelle Tanner stresses ‘I look forward to leading the excellent work of ENAS to inspire members, to improve their sports services and facilities, so together we can make a difference to the lives of students, staff and the communities we serve. Sport matters and it positively impacts on the strategic mission of our Colleges and Universities.’

Student Sport Ireland Chairperson Kieran Dowd stated ‘On behalf of Student Sport Ireland I wish to extend to Michelle Tanner, Head of Sport and Recreation at Trinity College Dublin, and Hon. Secretary of Student Sport Ireland, heartiest congratulations on her election as President of The European Network of Academic Sports . Her election was confirmed at Association’s recent highly successful Annual Conference hosted by The University of Limerick. Student Sport Ireland is immensely proud of Michelle in being elevated to this prestigious position and wish her every success in leading ENAS on to greater achievements’.

As Head of Sport and Recreation in Trinity College, Michelle Tanner, has responsibility for all sport and recreation matters in College. The role involves managing and developing the extensive sport and recreational facilities and programmes provided by the Department of Sport for students, staff, graduates and the local community in line with the strategic goals of the Department and the College.

Michelle is a former international Volleyball player with the Irish Senior Women’s Team, and has been involved in the Irish Sports and Leisure Industry since graduating in 1992. She has an MBA in Sports Management from Leicester University and a higher National Diploma in Business Studies Recreation and Leisure from Waterford IT. She has various fitness, sporting and coaching qualifications and professional memberships. She has worked in many facilities including DCU, ALSAA and ESB Sports Co. before joining Trinity College in 1997.

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