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.

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 Claire Lambe, at claire.lambe@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 2020/21 six coaches were selected to take part in this programme.

Return to Rowing Challenge

We are encouraging former rowers to pick back up their oars and return to the sport and train towards unique one-off rowing challenges.

Challenge 1:

The Barrow Challenge is an 18km row, point to point race, covering a scenic route, meandering from Carlow, through Kilkenny, to New Ross in Wexford. The Barrow Challenge will be held on the 4th of October 2020.

Clubs around the country are opening their doors to support former rowers to come back and train together over a 10-week period towards this event and future challenges.

If you are interested in returning to rowing in a fun and social environment and work towards future rowing challenges – get in touch.

Partnership with LIFT – leadership training for coaches

Rowing Ireland has established a formal partnership with LIFT, working to increase positive leadership in Ireland. Through the Women in Coaching Networks, coaches will get the opportunity to take part in the LIFT leadership training. The LIFT training gives an opportunity to self-reflect, assess, and improve your leadership skills, which will strengthen and benefit our rowing clubs and coaching.

If you would like to get involved or learn more about any of the initiatives outlined. Get in touch with Claire Lambe, Women in Sport Lead, at claire.lambe@rowingireland.ie.