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Rowing Ireland is committed to increasing women’s sustained involvement in sport as coaches, volunteers, club members, athletes, leaders, and participants from grassroots to high performance. Improved diversity can lead to positive changes in our clubs, committees, board and for our sport. 

In the spirit of this commitment, we are delighted to put forward the following three women for the Women in Leadership Programme. 

Women in Leadership Successful Applicants

Shauna Fitzsimons of UCD Boat Club

Coxswain and Secretary of UCD BC 

Chair of the University Committee

Regatta Secretary of the University Championships.

Mary Moore of Garda Siochana Boat Club.

First female Captain of Garda Siochana Boat Club

Supported the development of the first Junior Program at the club.

Margaurite Deasy of Ring Rowing Club

2022 Chair of Rowing Ireland Offshore Rowing, 

2021 Team Manager of the Irish Beach Sprints Team at the WRBSF,

2020/21 Chair of the Swift Irish Offshore Rowing Championships, 

Club Role: Vice-chair of Ring Rowing Club, coaching & coxing.

Involved in Rowing for over 30+ years.

About the Women in Leadership Programme

This Women in Leadership Programme is delivered through a series of online interactive sessions that will develop candidates to thrive within their specific roles. Several NGB’s are participating in this programme, providing a diverse mix of perspectives and knowledge to draw from. 

A combination of group and individual exercises will be included, ensuring that everyone is supported in reaching their own potential. Course content will be delivered by Leadership Experts and Consultants Lisa Clancy and Sarah O’Shea as well as guest speakers who will share their personal leadership experiences.

The Rowing Ireland Women in Sport Programme is launching a Women in Coaching Networking Series. The Series will host a Zoom call every second Wednesday from Jan – April. Each session will focus on a different topic and allow time for discussion between coaches on their own experience of the topic.

12th JanMental Health in Sport Conversation with Elaine Cahill – Master Graduate of Mental Skills and Mental Health in Sports and Exercise
9th FebCoach-Athlete Relationship Conversation with Olympic Medalists Aifric Keogh and Eimear Lambe
9th MarWhere are we now, where are we going? Review of Sport Ireland, Women in Coaching Research as part of WiS Week
13th AprCoach’s ChoiceTopic TBC following feedback from the Network.

All sessions start at 7.30 pm. 

This series provides an opportunity to meet other coaches, reflect on your own practice and engage in topics to support coach development. 

Sport Ireland Women in Coaching Research found that access to a network was an important development tool for female coaches. Of 2000+ female coaches surveyed:  

  • 86% of active female coaches who did not have a coaching network would like to join one
  • 58% of female coaches would like to observe other coaches in their sport
  • Female coaches felt not being part of a coaching network hampered their opportunities for advancement. 

You can register for the network series here

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Rowing Ireland is currently seeking applications from enthusiastic and ambitious coaches for the Rowing Ireland High-Performance Coaching Internship to begin their high-performance coaching careers.

Rowing Ireland will offer the successful coaches (Ideally one male and one female) the opportunity to work full-time alongside the HP coaching team based at the NRC for the 2022 International Rowing Season, with a view to developing their coaching experience and expertise in a high-level training environment. 

Interested coaches are asked to email claire.lambe@rowingireland.ie by 5pm on the 26th January with a brief CV, including your rowing experience and qualifications, and cover letter stating the reasons you feel you would be suited to this coaching opportunity.

Job spec and more information is available through the download below.

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Rowing Ireland is delighted to announce up to three places to be made available on the Women in Sport Leadership Programme. This is a fantastic opportunity for females working in leadership roles or those aspiring to be a leader within Rowing Ireland clubs and regions e.g. committee members, officials etc.

This programme will be delivered through a series of online interactive sessions that will develop candidates to thrive within their specific role. Several NGB’s are participating in this programme, providing a diverse mix of perspectives and knowledge to draw from.

A combination of group and individual exercises will be included, ensuring that everyone is supported in reaching their own potential. Course content will be delivered by Leadership Experts and Consultants Lisa Clancy and Sarah O’Shea as well as guest speakers who will share their personal leadership experiences.

Course Details

  • February 22nd – April 12th 2022
  • 8 week online course
  • Tuesdays 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Open to: committee members, officials and anyone working within the club/regional environment. 

Core topics

  • Leadership and Values
  • Networking and Collaboration
  • Handling Challenging Situations and Developing Resilience
  • Crisis Management and Influencing in leadership
  • Developing Your Personal Brand
  • Wellbeing
  • Change Management

Candidates will come from a mixture of sporting backgrounds across Ireland. All applications will be considered and up to three candidates from Rowing Ireland will be chosen. 

Application closing date: Friday, January 28th at 5pm

For further information please contact: Claire Lambe, Women in Sport Lead, via claire.lambe@rowingireland.ie

For the month of December, we are celebrating our fantastic rowing coaches from across the country! Each day we open the next door of our Coaches Advent Calendar to reveal a rowing coach, each with their unique story and motivations for coaching!

This year we have more than Three Wise Men on their way but 25 male and female coaches sharing their wise Top Tips for coaching! 

We hope you enjoy getting to know some new coaches from around the country as well as recognise some familiar faces! 

Coaches so far

  1. Shane Cullinane – St. Michaels Rowing Club
  2. Sinead Dolan – Commerical Rowing Club
  3. James Boomer – Olderfleet Rowing Club

More to come!

There are twenty two more coaches to feature so keep an eye on our social media over the next few week!