Nancy Chillingworth has been appointed as Chef de Mission for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics by the Olympic Federation of Ireland.
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.
OFI chief executive Peter Sherrard has also had his contract extended to the end of 2024.
Nancy Chillingworth was Team Ireland’s Chef de Mission at this year’s Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne and is 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.
Chillingworth has a background in sports psychology, previously served as Chair of Hockey Ireland’s High Performance Committee.
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.
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.
“We are delighted to have secured Peter’s leadership for the coming Olympic Cycle” said OFI President, Sarah Keane. “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.”
“We also congratulate Nancy Chillingworth on her appointment as Chef de Mission for Beijing 2022.
“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.”
The Federation has also opened its recruitment process for the role of Chef de Mission at the European Games in 2023 and the Olympic Games in 2024.