Rowing Ireland are delighted to announce that applications for places on the 2023-24 Women’s Student Coach Academy are now open. Read more and download the application form below.

Student Sport Ireland in partnership with Sport Ireland, 12 National Governing Bodies (Rowing Ireland, Athletics Ireland, Badminton Ireland, Basketball Ireland, Camogie Association, Football Association of Ireland, Hockey Ireland, Irish Rugby Football Union, Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Triathlon Ireland, Volleyball Ireland, Weightlifting Ireland) and 26 colleges and universities across the island of Ireland, is giving female students in 3rd level study the chance to receive invaluable coaching support while studying.

The academy now in its 3rd year has seen over 85 students come through the academy since its inception. The female students are given the chance to work with athletes and teams within their institutions, while working with a mentor coach on the ground, with colleges and universities also supporting the students with coaching equipment and gear. National Governing Bodies support the students with the provision of suitable coaching courses and coaching opportunities within the sport.

Student Sport Ireland support the students with administration of the academy, coaching workshops and providing over coaching supports through out the year.

The application form can be downloaded here and all students can return to their institution sports officer. The deadline for applications is August 7th 2023.

If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact


The 5-week Women’s Leadership Programme was completed on Sunday 21st of May with a final in person workshop at the Sports Campus in Dublin with 12 club representatives in attendance.

Women from the following clubs who were successfully chosen via application process took part in the Women’s Leadership Programme which was worth almost 1,000 euro per participant. This was funded by the Women in Sport Fund, which has a strategic aim to empower and support women in leadership in rowing in Ireland.

The programme which was led by Sarah O’Shea and Lisa Clancy who are both leadership and governance experts in the sector, and they led participants through a series of modules outlined below as well as some incredible guest speaker sessions.

On Sunday at the final session, participants presented to the group and to Neville Maxwell, Rowing Ireland President and Michelle Carpenter, CEO. It was a pleasure to hear all the good learnings and goals from these leaders who are determined to grow and develop in their roles as dedicated volunteers in the sport. They are a credit to their clubs, who are listed below. Well done to all participants.

Tania LawlorTralee Rowing Club
Rebecca BurkeBelfast Boat Club and Strangford Coastal Rowing Club
Jo AungiersRowing Ireland
Lisa KellyPortmagee Rowing Club
Eimear McCormackDublin City Coastal Rowing Club
Ailish HackettSligo Rowing Club
Johanna WalshBelfast Boat Club
Kate HealyUniversity of Limerick Rowing Club
Kayleigh HusseyPortmagee Rowing Club
Lucy HanrahanRowing Ireland
Eva BrehenyUniversity College Dublin Boat Club
Lauren O BrienUniversity of Limerick Rowing Club
Alicia O NeillDublin University Ladies Boat Club

Are you interested in participating in a course like this? You can read the module outline below and also fill in an expression of interest form. This will allow us to know when there is suitable interest in rolling out the next course. Any queries can be sent to

The Women in Sport Leadership course, run by Lisa Clancy and Sarah O’Shea, has seen over 270 women take part since its commencement in 2020 and many of the course graduates have gone on to chair committees, get jobs in sport, be elected to board positions, be elected to European sport committees and a range of other local and national successes.

This is a fantastic opportunity for females working in leadership roles or those aspiring to be a leader within their Rowing Ireland club and regions e.g. committee members, umpires, coaches etc.

Course Content

The course modules include the following core topics:

·  Leadership and Values

·  Networking and Collaboration

·  Challenge and Resilience

·  Crisis Management 

·  Communications and Developing Your Personal Brand

·  Influencing and Change 

·  Governance

Participants will also receive a one-on-one coaching session and guidance in producing their own Personal Development Plan.

Modules will also include inputs from 4 guest speakers relating their own personal leadership experiences.

Expression of Interest Women in Leadership 2023/24

Please let us know what's on your mind. Have a question for us? Ask away.

The annual Grand Canal Blitz took place earlier this month, with over 250 students taking to the water in Grand Canal Dock.

Every year, Get Going Get Rowing organises a fun, social event for schools who have been learning to row from around Dublin. The event runs all day as a sprint regatta and medals are awarded for first to third place. This is a chance for students to put the skills they have learned into practice and get a taste of rowing racing.

Participating schools were St Aidan’s Community School, Colaiste Bride, Christian Brothers College Monkstown, Palmerstown Community choolS, St Tiernans, Confey College, Wesley College, Drimnagh Castle, Collinstown Park Community College , Ardgillan Community College, Holy Faith Clontarf, Presentation Community College Terenure.

This year we also had staff from South Dublin County Sports Partnership and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership who battled out against each other in some fierce racing.

The event takes place at Charlotte’s Quay, Grand Canal Dock and is supported by Waterways Ireland.

Many thanks to our Dublin Get Going Get Rowing Coordinator Aoife Byrne of Neptune RC for organising a great day for all these students and staff.

Photographs of the day can be found on the Rowing Ireland Facebook page.

Check out some footage of the day below!

!Female and Male Coaches Wanted! 

Investigating the experiences of coaches working with female athletes and the menstrual cycle 

Offaly Sports Partnership has secured support through Sport Ireland and the Healthy Ireland Fund for a study to investigate the experience of coaches working with female athletes with particular focus around the menstrual cycle. The research will be undertaken by the SHE (Sport, Health & Exercise) group at the Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone campus.

The lead researcher will be PhD candidate Niamh Fogarty.  Niamh’s research will be supervised by Dr. Niamh Ni Cheilleachair. Niamh is a former international rower with Rowing Ireland and is a native of Offaly Rowing Club. 

Up to 18 coaches (9 male and 9 female) will be interviewed for the study.  Interviews should last approximately 45 minutes.

Attached please find a participant information sheet, a recruitment poster and an invitation letter.  If you are interested in participating in this study please submit your expression of interest.  Should you require additional information please contact Niamh Fogarty (contact details on the attached letter)


Student Sport Ireland hosted a workshop for the Women’s Student Coach Academy on Thursday 20th of April at the Sports Campus, Dublin with a panel discussion featuring Janet Walsh of New Ross BC.

The Women’s Student Coaching Academy is a collaborative programme between SSI, Sport Ireland, 26 third level institutions and ten national governing bodies of sport (NGBs).

The ten NGBs include; Athletics Ireland, Badminton Ireland, Basketball Ireland, the Camogie Association, the Football Association of Ireland, Hockey Ireland, the Irish Rugby Football Union, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Rowing Ireland, and Volleyball Ireland.

The aim of the programme is to provide the female student coaches with the support system that will enable the students to develop and reach their coaching potential. Furthermore, the programme aims to increase the number, and visibility, of female coaches in third level institutions and create female role models for other female students to progress into coaching who are currently significantly less common than male coaches in third level institutions.

Janet Walsh of New Ross Boat Club, Co. Wexford is a true role model for women starting their coaching journey as she shared valuable insights as part of a panel discussion. Featured on the panel with Janet were:

– Athletics Ireland 8x time All Ireland Triple jump champion Sarah Buggy who coaches primary aged children multi sports and fundamental movement skills.

-Basketball Ireland Leinster Head Coach Erin Bracken who has over 10 years coaching experience in competitive superleague basketball.

-Sports Development Officer Chloe Farrell who shared her experience in various coaching settings.

Questions were posed to the panel by the female student coaches in attendance about their coaching journey, its beginnings, biggest challenges, what has kept them going and what they enjoy most.

A key takeaway from Janet was ”take the opportunities and don’t doubt yourself’‘ a mantra which has seen Janet go from strength to strength in her own coaching. This combined with dedication to learn her craft and an ability to learn from role models has enabled Janet to coach World Championships crews at Junior and U23 level in recent years.

Janet spoke about the importance of role models and reaching out to coaches you connect with or are similar to and how many of the issues you might face in your coaching journey are being faced in other settings so its important to share and learn from your network. She spoke about the simplicity of picking up the phone to get some advice from a fellow coach and also sharing training days especially with coaches in your region.

This kind of advice will likely be invaluable to the student coaches as they begin their coaching journey and will help them to stay involved through life stages. The panel also discussed how special coaching is and that the relationships built and rewards from seeing people progress and grow in confidence is more enjoyable long term than any medal wins. They spoke of coaches and role models they admire the most as those who show kindness over the years and offer encouragement to all in the sport, creating a sense of community.

We look forward to working with Student Sport Ireland on the academy as it develops further and to Noel Holohan of Student Sport Ireland for organising and we wish Janet all the best for a busy regatta season, thanking her for taking the time to come to speak to these young female coaches.

For any queries regarding this programme, please email