Trinity College’s Matthew Dossett Elected as new SSI President

UCD’s Catherine Mahoney re-elected as Vice President

Matthew Dossett, SSI President

Matthew Dossett, Deputy Head of Sport in Trinity College Dublin, has been elected as the new Student Sport Ireland President with UCD PhD student Catherine Mahony re-elected as Vice President.

Student Sport Ireland (SSI) also announce that TU Dublin’s Niamh O’Callaghan and Queen’s University Belfast Karl Oakes have both joined the board as directors.

Matthew takes over from Carmel Lynch who had served in the role from 2019 having previously held the position of Hon. Chairperson from 2014.

A former ski racer and coach, Matthew Dossett has been involved in the sports industry for 20 years, holding various positions in sports development, management, and leadership predominantly in university sport across the UK and Ireland. He holds a BSc in Sports Science, as well as an MSc in Sports Management, and in his current position at Trinity College Dublin he oversees the advancement and delivery of the strategy for sport, infrastructure projects, partnerships, as well as key stakeholder relationships. Within SSI he has previously served on the high-performance committee, and more recently as Finance and Governance committee chairperson.

On his appointment Matthew commented “I would like to thank the board for their support, I am really looking forward to working with all our members and stakeholders in implementing our new strategy and helping us steer through the challenges and opportunities ahead. I am a strong believer in the importance and unique impact of student sport, it creates life-long habits and connections, and is a fundamental bridge within an important phase of our lives that a huge number of young people across the membership experience each year. As we emerge from the current global crisis, sport and physical will be more important than ever in providing both inspiration and engagement, as well enabling a growing active and healthy population”.

He continued, “I would like to especially thank Carmel Lynch (IT Carlow and SSI Honorary Member), former President, and Paul Davis (NUI Maynooth) and all other colleagues who have stepped off committees in the past few years and whose commitment to SSI have been significant.”

SSI Development Manager Ciarán Ó hIarnáin commented “I congratulate Matthew on his appointment and wish him and the new Board the very best of success in their work. I very much look forward to working with Matthew and the Board in the implementation of the new strategic plan and the continued development of the organisation”.