Women in Sport Initiatives


The following are some of the Women in Sport Initiatives we have rolled-out to recruit, develop and retain women in coaching and boost female participation in rowing.

Below you can read about some of our current Women in Sport Initiatives

Women in Leadership 2023

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.

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.

This highly successful course is an extremely rewarding, informative and enabling programme.   The course is fully interactive and participants are provided with an insight to all facets of leadership through a series of 5 online and 1 in person session.  Participants are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in the course which is designed to build confidence and enable participants to have a great connection with each other establishing valuable network of powerful women. This course is suitable for all female club leaders or aspiring club leaders such as committee members, coaches and other volunteers.

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.

Dates (you should be available to attend all sessions):

  • April 17th and 24th 2023 (Monday evenings) from 7pm-8.30pm online via zoom
  • May 1st, 8th and 15th 2023 (Monday evenings) from 7pm-8.30pm online via zoom

and Sunday 21st April 2023 (11am-2.30pm in person / Dublin Location TBC)

To apply please fill in the form below.

Women in Coaching Networks

The Women in Coaching Network is a networking group for female coaches from neighbouring rowing clubs in a region. The networks will meet every 6-8 weeks to discuss coaching topics, challenges, share experiences and advice.

The Networks are for female rowing coaches at all levels, whether the coach has no qualifications or is highly experienced, they are welcome to join the network. There is greater benefit in having a diversity of coaching backgrounds and experiences to broaden the discussion and better understand the different challenges that coaches face.

If you would like to join a group in your region or know of someone who you think would benefit from being involved in the Networks, get in touch with the women in sport officer Ceara at womeninsport@rowingireland.ie

High-Performance Coaching Pathway

The aim of this initiative is to provide a pathway for women in coaching, to develop their coaching skills towards coaching at High-Performance level on an international stage.

The initiative supports ambitious female coaches over a one year period to develop their technical, communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

The supports of the program will include coach education courses, personal development workshops/conferences, shadow/co-coaching with the High-Performance coaching team and ongoing support from the Women in Sport Lead.

For 2022/23 six coaches were selected to take part in this programme.

Women in Umpiring 2023

The aim of this initiative is to support women who would like to umpire, to help those who are qualified and wish to umpire more or increase their competencies and also to support those who wish to umpire at a national and international level and promote lifelong participation in sport and physical activity. Umpiring is a great way for people to stay involved in the sport, develop new skills, enjoy being on the water and in the outdoors; perhaps at a time when they are not rowing or coaching.

The Umpires Committee of Rowing Ireland work closely with all our umpires, training them up and delivering exams and will be a vital support to this initiative in terms of supplying expert knowledge. Rowing Ireland’s women in sport officer will facilitate the following supports categorised into 4 areas:

Aspiring UmpiresAnyone can become an umpire and we would love to support you or hear from you if you are interested.Email umpires@rowingireland.ie to find out about upcoming courses.
Qualified Umpires This is open to all umpires in Ireland.Whats involved: 

Women in umpiring Network – online zoom meetings bi -monthly which any female currently umpiring can join conversation with other umpires on discussion topics relevant to assisting the group.

Next steps: 
Fill in the form ‘Umpires Network’  below to join this initiative 
Umpiring Advocates 3 Places are available. What’s involved: 

We are looking for qualified umpires who would be interested in becoming an advocate on a country wide scale. They would receive:  
– Leadership training with expert consultant Sarah O Shea
– Rowing Ireland Softshell Jacket, Hat and Beanie.
What you would be expected to do: 

– With support from the women in sport officer, facilitate communities of practice days – events and training days for local umpires to practise skills, shadow other umpires and connect with mentors to improve competencies and network with other umpires
– Post on social media and contribute to website articles about women in umpiring a couple of times per year

Next steps:

Fill in the form ‘Umpiring Advocate’ below 
International Umpires 2 places have been filled and will go on this pathway.We are delighted to have filled these two places and are developing a pathway to expand this initiative. For any information contact umpires@rowingireland.ie

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