Sport Summit is kicking off – Tony, Paul & Damien will be there. Who else? Find out here.
A Skateboarder, a Golfer & a Director of Football. An unlikely group to see paired together, but we like to break away from the norm. Paul McGinley, Tony Hawk & Damien Comolli are 3 leaders in their particular fields – each of them has an intriguing story to tell, and we only have to wait 3 weeks to hear it:
Tony Hawk – Professional Skateboarder
Tony’s back! Our favourite skateboarder, video game character and all round nice guy is returning to Web Summit after a great appearance in 2013.
Tony was 9 when his older brother gave him a blue fiberglass skateboard – he hasn’t looked back since. As you probably know he proved to be quite good, the greatest ever. In 1999 Tony teamed up with Activision to create the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game franchise. The Tony Hawk video game series became one of the most popular game franchises in history and continues to this day. The same year he became the first skateboarder ever to land a 900, a move that had eluded him for 10 years.
Tony also runs the Tony Hawk Foundation – which has donated more than $3.2 million to more than 450 skatepark projects throughout the United States.
Paul McGinley – Team Europe Ryder Cup Captain 2014
In late September, 2 years of hard work came together for Paul McGinley, in 3 days of immaculate planning, performance and excitement at the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles. A hugely successful professional golfer, a Ryder Cup winner as a player (sinking the winning putt in the process), a twice successful Vice-Captain and now a Ryder Cup winning captain – Paul is one of the great figures of modern day golf. Since Team Europe’s win last week – players, colleagues and fans have been quick to state how big a role McGinley has played – and the influence he has had on all of them.
Damien Comolli – Global Football Consultant
Damien has spent time at some of the world’s biggest football clubs, in roles ranging from Coach to Scout to Director of Football. Damien has worked for AS Monaco, Arsenal, St Etienne, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur over the past 14 years, unearthing some of the biggest names including Robin van Persie, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez.
Damien has had a very strong interest in the use of analytics in football, using data to recruit, analyse and manage players contracts and performance.
Paul, Tony, Damien & who else? Find out all our Sport Summit speakers here.