Horse Sport Ireland has appointed Dr. Linsey Mason, who is also a member of a riding club, as their Human Anti-Doping & Medical Officer.
This role is crucial, primarily ensuring that High-Performance athletes of Horse Sport Ireland and the affiliate family are educated about all anti-doping rules and also in adhering to the rules, ensuring that all athletes and athlete support personnel participate in an environment that is drug-free and promotes the spirit of sport.
The anti-doping officer is the main liaison person between HSI and Sport Ireland on all anti-doping issues. Dr Linsey Mason brings a wealth of experience to the position, holding a Masters in Sports Medicine from Trinity College Dublin, has extensive anti-doping professional training and a special interest in the assessment of sports-related injuries, evidence-based rehabilitation and recovery strategies.
Dr Mason, from Cahir Co Tipperary, possesses extensive equestrian experience and is an active racecourse doctor with the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board and has worked for several years as a Doctor on the IHRB panel at point-to-points and racecourses.
Dr Mason has been Chief Medical Officer for Millstreet International Horse Trials since 2018, has worked as a doctor at the Dublin Horse Show, along with national and international Eventing competitions.
Speaking after her appointment, Dr Linsey Mason commented:
“I’m absolutely delighted to work with Horse Sport Ireland in an official capacity as the Anti-Doping & Medical Officer. I have a love of equestrian and sport medicine so this role is the ultimate combination. I know many in the thoroughbred and the sport horse industry and I really look forward to supporting the High-Performance athletes as they journey towards Paris 2024.”
We wish Linsey the very best of luck in her new role with Horse Sport Ireland.