Next/First Irish Performance Analysis eXchange catch up

In my last post a few weeks back l set a save the date for the first IPAX meet up.  This will take place in the Sport Ireland Institute of Thursday 19th April.  Please circulate this invite to anyone you know who might like to attend, we are keen to grow the network and community and one of the best ways to do this is through the existing network This is a free event but please confirm your attendance to before 12 noon on Tues 17th April.

The purpose of the event is to provide a forum for applied analysts to can come together on a more frequent basis to share practice, ideas and experiences within the Irish sporting context.


12:30: Arrival – Light refreshments will be provided

1:00 – 2:00: Wal McConnell – Analyst, Men Senior Hockey Team & Kitman labs

“Using the R environment for Sports Performance Analysis’

Walter McConnell has been the Performance Analyst with Ireland’s Mens Hockey Team since 2014. He has worked at major international tournaments, including the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. With a professional background in computer science, Wal was previously responsible for Engineering and Data Science at Kitman Labs. Wal has a keen interest in the applied use of analytics and data science in elite sport.

2:00 – 2:15: Break

2:15 – 3:15: Open discussion forum

“Irish Performance Analysis Exchange (IPAX) – the next steps?”

The discussion will be facilitated by Daragh Sheridan, Head of Capability & Expertise, Sport Ireland Institute.  Over the last 6 years Daragh has devised and implements the Pursuit of Excellence Program – which aims to provide a bespoke coach development program.  He will present a snap shot of his experience in developing a community of practice within the Irish Olympic & Paralympic sporting community.  It is envisaged that this will frame the discussion around what IPAX community potentially could be.



Author: Alan Swanton

Alan has been working in elite performance sport in Ireland for the last 10 years. He is responsible for the planning, delivery and implementation of performance analysis services within Sport Institute Ireland, delivering service within boxing, Paralympic swimming and cycling across both the London and Rio Olympic/Paralympic cycles.

In knowing that at its core PA is a coaching tool and given the rapid development of sports related tools & technologies, he is interested in exploring how these can be integrated into the everyday activities and operating environment of the analyst. He has witnessed the growth and evolution of PA in Ireland over the last decade and is keen to explore the potential of building a PA community of practice in Ireland.