Through the Women in Coaching Networks, we have hosted an number of webinars to explore the themes of coaching, gender equality in rowing, development, high performance, retention of teenage female rowers and much more.

Check out our previous webinars here:

Rowing Ireland Women in Coaching Webinar with Laryssa Biesnthal

Laryssa is a decorated athlete and coach. She represented Canada at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games where, in both cases, she earned bronze medals. As a coach, she has worked with crews at high school, university, World Championship, and Olympic (for both Canada and Australia) levels. Her coaching success includes World Championship and World Cup medals, and Olympic Games finals. With this experience and her Level 4 Canadian National Coaching Certification we have plenty to learn from Laryssa.

Rowing Ireland Women in Coaching Webinar with Neasa Russell

Neasa hails from Galway, having rowed with the Jes and NUIG. She spent 7 years as a club coach for the Jes, before taking the jump into professional coaching. She worked for two years as an apprentice coach under Harold Jarling and then moved to the UK as a coach on GB Rowing Team’s World Class Start programme.

After several successful years with the programme she then changed tack and became a Performance Pathway Scientist with UK Sport/English Institute of Sport, working with a breadth of Olympic/Paralympic sports and supporting the design and development of talent id campaigns (Discover Your Gold) and athlete pathways.

Neasa is currently the Head of Talent Development at Sport England.

Chatting Club Structures with the three clubs – Skibbereen, Commercial and Enniskillen.

In this webinar, we share insights from the operations of three successful Irish clubs. These longstanding club and committee members will discuss some of the key operations and innovations that have been a success for their club and some of the challenges they face.

Listen to the discussion with:

Eleanor Casey of Skibbereen Rowing Club

Colm Dowling of Commercial Rowing Club

Jo Aungiers of Enniskillen Royal Boat Club

Retaining Girls in Sport

This webinar, presented by Dr. Orlagh Farmer, discusses the motivations and barriers for the retention of girls in sport – with specific and practical tips for coaches to enhance their training environment.

Aims of workshop: 

Assist clubs in creating strategies and structures for long term retainment of young girls.

Create suitable club environments that are dynamic and inclusive of all young girls in athletics and rowing. 

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