Support Crew

Olympic Steering Group (OSG)

The primary mission of the ISA's Olympic Steering Group (OSG) is to assist Irish Sailors to reach medal winning positions in the Olympic Games. While the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) selects the Irish Olympic Team, the OSG is responsible for setting fair and equitable rules for selecting and nominating suitable candidates to the OCI for membership of the Irish Olympic Sailing Team. The Olympic Steering Group also helps advice on the strategic direction of the ISA's Performance Pathway.

Colm Barrington (Chair)
Bill O'Hara
Trevor Millar
Alan Crosbie
Richard Martin
Gary Keegan

Dedicated ISA Performance Staff are responsible for the implemention of Olympic Steering Group (OSG) policies. They are also responsible for integrating OSG plans into the Irish Sports Council's Olympic and Paralympic programmes.

James O'Callaghan - ISA Performance Director

james o callaghanJames O'Callaghan's responsibility is to develop and deliver athlete-focused, coach-led, performance-measured programmes across the ISA's high performance pathway. James works under the guidance of the ISAOG.

James from Malahide in Dublin, is a business and economics graduate of Trinity College. He is a Level 3 qualified coach and Level 2 coach tutor.

In 1998, along with Trevor Millar he founded SailCoach Associates a successful coaching company based in France. James was a key member in the development and delivery of the SailCoach business model from foundation to 2002.

At the Sydney Olympics in 2000 James coached the South African and Seychelles teams.

At the Athens 2004 Olympics the International Laser Class employed him with responsibility for looking after the developing nations.

In total, he has coached at seven ISAF World Youth Championships. In 1998 his athlete won the coveted World Title and in 2001 and 2002, his sailors achieved Bronze Medals.

His broad range of experience also includes coaching at numerous European and World Championship events across multiple Olympic classes.

Rory Fitzpatrick - Youth Performance Manager

rory fitzpatrickRory Fitzpatrick is responsible for implementing Youth & Development level initiatives in Ireland. Rory from Dun Laoghaire in Dublin is working full time along side James O'Callaghan under the guidance of the ISA Olympic Steering Group.

Rory is an honours graduate of Economics and Politics in UCD.

He has raced internationally for six years in the Olympic Laser Class. Four of these years have been as a full time sailor.

In 2004 he competed for Ireland in the Athens Olympic Games in the Laser Class. He has competed in numerous World & European Championships across four continents.

Along side his racing he has coached extensively in Ireland in various classes and also abroad at events such as Radial World Championships.

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