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Desmond Auditorium, RCSI

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Tickets for this event are FREE, however we suggest making a small donation to our partner charity DEBRA Ireland when registering! The event is sponsored by Blackrock Health.

MC - Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh

The Strategy of the Game - Mike Bajakian (Offensive Coordinator for Northwestern University)

Panel Discussion

Jamie Heaslip

Jack Chambers TD

Dr. Noelle Healy

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Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh

Originally from An Cheathrú Rua in County Galway, Máire Treasa grew up in the Gaeltacht and studied in NUI Galway before embarking upon a 10 year media career with Raidió na Gaeltachta, TG4 and RTÉ.

She returned to education, studying for a Masters in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology in UL and she has worked as a performance coach and sport psychologist, in addition to reporting and presenting sports coverage for Off The Ball on Newstalk and eir Sport.

Maire graduated as a doctor from RCSI Medical School in June 2022. She is currently working as a medical intern.

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Mike Bajakian

Mike Bajakian is an American football coach who currently serves as the offensive coordinator for Northwestern University. Bajakian previously served as the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee, Cincinnati and Central Michigan alongside Butch Jones.

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Jamie Heaslip

Jamie Heaslip is one of the most decorated players in the history of Irish Rugby. Over the course of a 13 year career he amassed 229 appearances for Leinster and 100 International caps, 95 for Ireland and 5 for the British and Irish Lions. His name became synonymous with both the Irish number 8 Jersey and the values that have propelled the growth of professional rugby in Ireland namely diligence, professionalism and an unwavering commitment to self-improvement. He played a key part in crafting of both Leinster Rugby’s and Ireland's winning mindset which took them to the professional powerhouse’s they are today.

Born in Israel, son of retired Brigadier General Richard Heaslip, Jamie began his rugby career in Naas RFC, through Newbridge College and then Trinity College before turning professional with Leinster, Ireland and the Lions. You will see him giving expert punditry on RTÉ Sport, BBC Sport and also on Channel 4. Outside of his TV work, Jamie enjoys giving presentations, keynote talks and taking part in fireside chats about the lessons he has taken from sport and how they can inform individuals and businesses on maintaining their transient advantage.

In addition to rugby, Jamie successfully invested in a number of start-up businesses such as Kitman Labs, Pointy and UrbanVolt while also being involved in the set up of two pubs, The Bridge 1859 and Lemon and Duke. Jamie is now heavily involved in the start-up tech sector.

Jamie Lives in Dublin with his wife Sheena and daughter Harper.

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Jack Chambers

Jack Chambers is the Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin West. He is the Government Chief Whip and is also Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht. He was elected to Dáil Éireann on his first attempt in the February 2016 General Election and was re-elected in the 2020 General Election.

Before entering the Dáil, he served as a Fingal County Councillor and as Deputy Mayor.

He is the frontbench Spokesperson for Defence, Communications, Climate Action & Environment. He has been an active member of a number of Oireachtas committees including Climate Action, Justice & Equality and the committee on Seanad Reform.

Born in Galway, Jack moved to Dublin West at a young age and is involved with many local community groups and sports organisations. He is a Medical Doctor having studied Medicine at the RCSI and he holds an honours degree in Law & Political Science from Trinity College.

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Dr. Noelle Healy

Noelle Healy is a final year trainee with the college of anesthesiology, working in Beaumont hospital.

She is also currently a simulation fellow with the college of Anesthesiology.

She has huge experience working in high performance and team environment having been a member of the Dublin Senior Ladies football team since 2007 up to her retirement in 2021, winning 5 Irelands.

As a leading member of that team, they reached 7 all Ireland finals in row, and won 4 all-Ireland finals in a row, having previously lost three consecutive all- Ireland finals.

During her career she captained the team in 2016, was named the player of the year in 2017 and won 4 all-star awards.

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