Gary Keegan

Gary Keegan

High Performance Expert

Gary Keegan is the current Chair of the High Performance Advisory Group at Cricket Ireland. His previous role was Director of the Irish Institute of Sport until September 2016. The Institute of Sport is a government agency set up in 2006 to manage and coordinate high performance sport in Ireland. Its mission is to create an environment of support which ensures that talented Irish athletes achieve sustained levels of excellence in elite sport. This involves a variety of supports including enhanced delivery and development support to high performance athletes in;

- Management, Coaching and High Performance Systems

- Performance Science; Psychology, Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Physiology,

- Performance Analysis, Biomechanics,

- Performance Medicine; Medicine, Physiotherapy and Specialist referral.

- Athlete Services Scholarships, Career Development and Performance Mentoring

Previous to Gary's current role, he spent six years as high performance director with the IABA's high performance boxing programme. There Gary and his team devised a world class high performance management programme which was under pinned by a process driven business model. Over a six year period the Irish high performance programme achieved Major European, World and Olympic medal success with no fewer than 29 medals achieved at these levels across the age spectrum. The system continues to deliver with a total of 48 world level medals achieved up to 2012.


Gary is a strong exponent in facilitating people to realise their own potential through the creation of supportive environments that are conducive to the delivery of high performance in people and processes. He has worked across a broad spectrum of indigenous businesses, SME's and MNC's lecturing in the areas of High Performance, Systems, Vision and Strategy. Gary also guest lectures at the London Business School (Strategy Execution) and at the Irish Management Institute (Management and Leadership).

Gary can tailor-make his presentation to meet your exact requirements. His speciality topics include:

- Creating a world-class team

- Focusing on the performance not the outcome

- Build trust in your relationships

- Collaboration

- Culture

- Embracing change

- Being self-accountable and aim to do the right thing not the expected thing

- Learn fast from failure - Driving continuous improvement

- Self-belief and belief in your product


"Gary proved to be a huge inspiration to all of our attendees on the day and left the group feeling buzzed and excited about high performance. Not only is his own story inspirational, but his ability to relate it to the business world and make it meaningful for everyone is excellent. I’ve been lucky enough to see Gary speak on two occasions now and he has left me with new things to think about on both days. His willingness to engage before and after the event to ensure that his talk made a real difference to his client speaks volumes. I would highly recommend him."

Martin Graham | Customer Insights & Analytics Manager, Permanent TSB

To book Gary Keegan for your event, contact Front Row Speakers on +353 1 485 3991 or email