David Harte

Olympic & professional field hockey goalkeeper, World’s Best Goalkeeper 2015 & 2016, Member of the OCI & EOC Athletes’ Commissions

30-year-old, David Harte from Kinsale, Cork is a World Class Hockey Goalkeeper winning Federation of International Hockey, Goalkeeper of the year in 2016 & 2015. He became an Olympian at the Rio 2016 Games, captaining the Irish Men’s team at their first Olympics for more than 108 years. David and his team mates defeated Canada 4-2 to record Ireland’s first ever victory at an Olympic Games.

David is also a European Bronze medallist, defeating England in the European Championships in 2015 to win the first ever medal at that level for an Irish side. David subsequently went on to win the Best goalkeeper of the tournament award. David currently has over 203 international caps to his name and has captained the Men’s Irish team since 2015.

Originally from Kinsale, Cork, he is now living in Utrecht, The Netherlands, for the last 8 years playing professional club hockey with SV Kampong in the Dutch Hoofdklasse. A qualified Physical Education and Biology teacher, he is currently studying an MA in Sports Business from Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Currently he is a member of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) Athlete Commission and was elected to the European Olympic Council (EOC) Athletes’ Commission.

Key Achievements

  • Hoofdklasse Champion, 2018       (Netherlands Club Championships)
  • Malaysian Hockey League Champion, 2018
  • Dutch Hoofdklasse Champion, 2017 (Netherlands Club Championships)
  • Hockey India League Silver Medal, 2017
  • Euro Hockey League Champion, 2016 (European Club Championships)
  • FIH World’s Best Goalkeeper, 2016
  • European Bronze Medal, 2015
  • Dutch Hoofdklasse Silver Medal, 2015
  • FIH World’s Best Goalkeeper, 2015
  • 203 International Caps
  • Captain of the Men’s Team from 2015 to current


  • From Good to Great: The story of the journey from the crushing disappointment of the Men’s Irish Hockey Team failing to make the London Olympics in 2012 and the transformation needed individually and collectively to make the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
  • Building a Positive Team Culture: Lessons learned from the playing pitch that are paramount in building a successful and positive team in business.
  • Teamwork and Leadership: Insights from the world of a high performing sporting teams both from the captaining the Irish Men’s Team and his experience with his professional hockey team SV Kampong, who compete in the best club championships in the world. Exploring the emphasise needed on the shared objective of winning and the benefits of each team member holding themselves and each other to account for collaboration and outcomes “talent wins games, teamwork wins championships.”

Worked With:

Volkers BV - The Netherlands, Kilkenny College - Ireland, European Olympic Council

“David Harte delivered a compelling keynote speech to our commercial team focused on the principles of Good to Great. David took his learning from sport and made them specific to our business! For the Volkers team, it was a very motivating and informative presentation from a world class athlete”

Rick Volkers, Managing Director Volkers