Triathlon Ireland Holds Ireland's First Virtual Sporting AGM

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Triathlon Ireland has successfully hosted the first Virtual AGM by a sporting body in Ireland.

The AGM on Saturday April 18th saw a record attendance for Triathlon Ireland, with more than 60 club delegates and board members joining remotely from their homes using the Zoom app, for a meeting that was also streamed live for the public on YouTube.

The innovative measure was necessitated by the social distancing restrictions relating to the Covid-19 situation and was structured according to advice from Triathlon Ireland’s firm of solicitors.

Separate Locations

Three members of Triathlon Ireland managed the meeting in three separate rooms from the organisation’s headquarters on the Sport Ireland Campus in Blanchardstown, which was a requirement under company law and the body’s constitution. Permission was also granted by Sport Ireland for this measure in advance.

Triathlon Ireland President Lochlann Walsh chaired the meeting from his home in North County Dublin, while CEO Chris Kitchen presented the organisation's annual report from London, where he has been since March after being unable to return to Ireland at the outset of the travel restrictions.

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Delegates to the meeting were briefed on what was a very successful 2019 with licence holders exceeding 18,500 and female participation reaching 36%.

Clubs were also briefed on the organisation’s ongoing measures to cope with the current social distancing restrictions, as well as plans to allow the resumption of the triathlon season in July, pending the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

Delegates re-elected Bernard Hanratty as Vice President, while Anna Deegan and Emma Killian were elected as ordinary members to the Triathlon board.

Commenting on the AGM, Triathlon Ireland CEO Chris Kitchen praised a great team effort by his staff: “I was really pleased with the result. It is fantastic to pioneer new systems and solutions to problems created by the pandemic.”

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President Lochlann Walsh echoed Mr Kitchen’s sentiments:

“In these challenging times it is very important for the triathlon family to stay in touch and engaged. While it is important that we meet our statutory requirements the real benefit of today’s AGM was that our clubs had an opportunity to learn how well the organisation is performing and how we are managing the current crisis.”

Mr Walsh continued: “We had great interaction, questions and input from the clubs and also had two new highly qualified directors appointed to the board.  To be honest we were a little nervous about how effective the meeting would be but I am delighted that Triathlon Ireland is now in a stronger position after a really positive and constructive AGM.”