Chair, Athletes Commission
Term: 2019-22 (three-year term)
Residing: Oslo, Norway
A five-time captain of the Irish National Lacrosse Team with 78 international caps to his credit, Sean Gibson is the first-ever chair of the World Lacrosse Athletes Commission. He was appointed to a three-year term in December 2018.
As chair, Gibson leads the commission responsible for representing the voice and perspective of athletes within the World Lacrosse governance structure.
A multi-sport athlete who excelled in lacrosse, soccer and volleyball while growing up in Canada, Gibson captained the Irish National Team in 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He competed in three World Lacrosse Men’s Box Championships, three men’s championships and three European Lacrosse Championships, earning a silver medal in the 2012 European Championship. Gibson’s 78 international caps make him the most-capped player in the history of Irish lacrosse and among the leaders worldwide.
Gibson grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and played volleyball and soccer at Lethbridge College from 1997-99, earning all-conference honors as a goaltender in 1999. He then transferred to St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he completed his post-secondary soccer career and began playing lacrosse on a competitive level while earning a degree in information systems (technology and business).
Following his graduation from St. Francis Xavier University in 2004, Gibson moved to Ireland and immediately became involved with Ireland Lacrosse. In addition to his accomplishments as a player, Gibson has been instrumental in furthering the growth of lacrosse throughout Europe. He led the effort to develop the first-ever European Box Lacrosse Championship, which was held in Turku, Finland, in 2017; establish the European Box Lacrosse Invitational, an annual event for national teams, national development teams, officials and volunteers to gain international experience; and establish an annual European Box Lacrosse Forum, which began in 2014.
Gibson has served as a member of the Ireland Lacrosse board of directors since 2011, the European Lacrosse Federation board since 2017 and was head coach at the University of Liverpool from 2015-17.
Gibson now works in the maritime freight sector as an enterprise architect.