Saturday 3 December 2016

Irish woman becomes first ever non-American global CEO of Special Olympics

Published 12/05/2016 | 08:32

The former head of Special Olympics Ireland and now Global CEO, Mary Davis.
The former head of Special Olympics Ireland and now Global CEO, Mary Davis.

An Irish woman has become the first ever non-American to take the position of Special Olympics CEO in the organisations near-50 year history.

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Mary Davis has been announced as the new global CEO of Special Olympics International.

Ms Davis has worked as CEO of Special Olympics Ireland and Managing Director of the Europe Eurasia branch of the organisation.

She brought the Special Olympics to Ireland in 2003 and ran as a candidate in the 2011 Presidential eleciton.

Speaking to RTÉ News in Washington DC at the announcement last night, Ms Davis described the role as "exciting" and "daunting".

"Its phenomenal to see the growth of it," Ms Davis told RTE Radio One.

"And now in the role of CEO... it's bizarre to see."

She added: "I would love to see another [Special Olympics] in Ireland."

She said she was very proud and honoured and it was "very special" to work for the organisation on a global stage.

Ms Davis first became involved with Special Olympics when she worked as a teacher in Ballymun in Dublin in 1978.

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