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Sports Integrity, Regulation & Safe Sport – SLBA Winter Conference 2023

1 Dec 2023

Embark on a retrospective journey into the legal facets of the sports world as we reflect on the SLBA Annual Conference 2023, themed "Fair Play, Fair Sport." Held on December 1st, 2023, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at the Atrium, Distillery Building, this conference was a pivotal event for legal professionals, sports enthusiasts, and those intrigued by the convergence of law and athletics.

Event Recap:

  • Date: December 1st, 2023

  • Time: 2 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Location: Atrium, Distillery Building

  • Registration: Began at 1 pm (with a light lunch, wine, and networking opportunities)


Opening Address:

  • Tim O'Connor BL, Chair, SLBA

Panel 1: Governance in Sport (Chaired by Emma Davey BL)

  • John Twomey: Paralympian and President of the Irish Sailing Association

  • Kevin Hoy: Solicitor & Board Member, Sport Ireland

  • Rachel Barry: Solicitor & Director, Hockey Ireland

  • Niall Geaney: Solicitor, Federation Internationale d'Automobile (FIA)

Panel 2: Disciplinary Fairness (Chaired by Mark Curran BL)

  • Fiona Horlick KC: Outer Temple Chambers

  • John Sparks: Solicitor, FAI

  • Aoife Farrelly BL

Closing Remarks:

  • Attorney General, Rossa Fanning SC

Both sessions featured engaging fireside chats, enabling attendees to delve into the unique experiences of each speaker in the realms of discipline and governance in sports. Participants seized the opportunity to pose questions to our expert panels. The full speaker bios can be revisited here.

Post-Event Celebration: Following the conference, all attendees were invited to a delightful drinks reception at The Sheds Bar on-site.

Membership Renewal: For those interested in renewing their SLBA membership, the opportunity was available here.

The conference provided a harmonious blend of legal expertise and sporting insights, offering a platform for networking and knowledge-sharing in the vibrant landscape where law and sports intersect. Attendees reminisced about an afternoon of enlightening discussions at the SLBA Conference 2023.

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