Warm wishes as our colleague retires

04 May 2020
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The 1st of May marked the last working day for a wonderful colleague and advocate for our athletes, Peter O’Brien, Director of Training and Volunteers as he retires.


Peter’s involvement with Special Olympics began in 1994 with the establishment of Blackrock Flyers Special Olympics Club.  Peter subsequently joined the 2003 World Games team as Director of Volunteer Services, recruiting and training up to 30,000 volunteers to support the Games and overseeing the Host Town Programme.   In 2004, Peter was appointed to a full time role in Special Olympics Ireland.  Since then he has championed and led the Volunteer Programme, innovating and developing policies, practices and training that has strengthened and equipped our many volunteers across the island. 

Peter has played a leading role with the National Vetting Bureau and AccessNI in progressing the volunteer vetting process and piloting the online vetting process that now delivers more efficiencies for volunteers and clubs alike.  He has continuously driven standards for volunteering across all aspects of the programme, engaging and empowering the volunteers who play such a critical role in the organisation.  Championing and leading Team Ireland volunteers at numerous World Games helping to showcase the skill and commitment of our volunteers.

In more recent times, Peter has been overseeing Safeguarding within Special Olympics Ireland and great strides have been made in this area to improve standards and drive best practice in clubs across the programme.  

We would like to thank Peter for a lifetime dedication to enhancing the lives of people with an intellectual disability, providing them with opportunities to participate in sports that are led by well-trained volunteers in a safe environment.