Dedicated ISA High Performance Staff are responsiblity for the implemention of OSG policies. They are also responsible for integrating OSG plans into the Irish Sports Council's Olympic and Paralympic programmes.
James O’Callaghan - ISA Performance Director
James O’Callaghan’s responsibility is to develop and deliver athlete-focused, coach-led, performance-measured programmes across the ISA’s high performance pathway. James works under the guidance of the ISAOG.
James from Malahide in Dublin, is a business and economics graduate of Trinity College. He is a Level 3 qualified coach and Level 2 coach tutor.
In 1998, along with Trevor Millar he founded SailCoach Associates a successful coaching company based in France. James was a key member in the development and delivery of the SailCoach business model from foundation to 2002.
At the Athens 2004 Olympics the International Laser Class employed him with responsibility for looking after the developing nations. At the Sydney Olympics in 2000 James coached the South African and Seychelles teams.
In total, he has coached at seven ISAF World Youth Championships. In 1998 his athlete won the coveted World Title and in 2001 and 2002, his sailors achieved Bronze Medals.
His broad range of experience also includes coaching at numerous European and World Championship events across multiple Olympic classes.
Rory Fitzpatrick - Youth Performance Manager
Rory Fitzpatrick is the Youth & Development manager for the ISA Performance division. Rory from Dun Laoghaire in Dublin is working full time along side James O’Callaghan under the guidance of the ISA Olympic Steering Group. Rory manages the delivery of the ISA Academy programme, oversees the delivery of the ISA Pathway Nationals and coaches the laser radial for the Olympic Team.
Rory became an honours graduate of Economics and Politics in UCD before deciding to compete full time in the Olympic laser class.
In 2004 he competed for Ireland in the Athens Olympic Games in the Olympic Laser Class. He has competed in numerous World & European Championships across four continents in the laser class and two World Championships in the Olympic 49er class. Rory is a qualified Coaching Ireland Level 2 Coach tutor and a member of the Irish Institute of Sport Pursuit of Excellence Programme.
Along side his own racing he has coached the Academy laser radials up to 2010 before coaching the Olympic Laser Radial class. Rory has been Team leader at 6 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship and coached various medals at 4.7 Youth Worlds, Radial Youth Worlds, Radial Youth Europeans, Laser Europa Cups, ISAF World Cups, Women's Laser Radial European Champion and 4th place in the London Olympic Games.