Pictured above Dr. Fiona Chambers (L) receives her award from Sinéad Aherne, Director of Tax at KPMG and All Star Senior Dublin Ladies Footballer and Captain.

We are looking back at some of the incredibly inspirational sports stories which were celebrated at the 2023 Irish Sports Industry Awards.

Dr. Fiona Chambers is a Senior Lecturer in Education (PE & Sport Pedagogy) at University College Cork. Fiona, who is a member of WomenSport International, became the first winner of Women in Business in Sport Award, in partnership with KPMG last year.

Reflecting on her win last year Fiona said: “It was definitely a ‘stand out moment’ in my career to date. Over the past year, it has been a professional springboard to many fascinating and exciting local and global opportunities in sport, innovation and education including podcast interviews, keynotes, consultancy, new research projects and play shops (and even Grand Marshall of a St Patrick’s Day Parade in the US).

“In a lifetime, it is rare for peers to offer such prestigious public accolades, and this is why this award holds a special place in my heart. It makes me very, very proud to be an Irish woman in business in sport.”

25 May 2023; Mary O’Connor (CEO Federation of Irish Sport), Dr. Fiona Chambers and Pat Roche.




25 May 2023; Dr. Fiona Chambers, Pat Roche and Sinead Aherne of KPMG.

It is vital that the Federation of Irish Sport continue to recognise the contribution of women in business and sport. This award was to recognise Dr. Chambers sustained excellence working in a business related to sport that has delivered innovation, growth, leadership, impactful campaigns or standout services in the industry.

In 2023, KPMG published “first of its kind research” which established that “88% of those surveyed believing that the skills they have learned through sport are transferable to the workplace.”

We would like to thank KPMG for its continued support of this award, and their commitment to enhancing Women’s sport and business in Ireland.