The Fastest Field Sport in the World at Web Summit

Dublin in November. The sun won’t be there, but will you?

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Sport Summit 2015 is bringing together the best players, coaches & decision makers in the game, with those creating the technology that will define the next generation of sport. When browsing our speaker list you’ll recognise a lot of the names, brand, organisations and sports. One that may not be so recognisable is Joe Canning – Galway Hurler.

Joe is one of the best, if not best players in the fastest field sport in the world. A game that sees players play in front of 80,000 people on a Sunday afternoon and then go to work on their day jobs the next morning.

What is Hurling?

In short hurling is played with sticks, a ball (sliotar), a goal and 30 people. The aim, as with most sports is to score more than the opposition. A goal (under the crossbar) is worth 3 points, a point (over the crossbar) is surprisingly worth a point. I’ll let this video explain – it’s the last 10 minutes of this year’s All Ireland semi-final between Galway & Tipperary. Joe is wearing number 14 for Galway who are in maroon:

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Who is Joe Canning?

Among the best hurlers ever to play the game, and still only 26! Joe plays for Galway & Portumna. His best position is full forward, where a lot of the scoring is done, and he is also a free-taker and master of the sideline cut (a very particular hurling skill). Here’s a goal Joe scored earlier this year while falling over and facing away from goal, no biggie.

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Where can you see him?

Joe will be speaking at Sport Summit at Web Summit – he’ll be joined by the likes of Chris Froome, Edwin van der Sar, Jed York, Ian Ayre & Tiki Barber. Find out more about Sport Summit here.

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