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.

Go with the Flow – Dr. Sharon Madigan and Dr. Katie Lydon

This Go with the Flow webinar, presented by Dr. Sharon Madigan and Dr. Katie Lydon, addresses the impact of the menstrual cycle on athletes and how best to support them. Katie discusses the menstrual cycle and management of issues, such as treatment options and areas of concern (loss of cycle). Sharon discusses the link between fuel, training load, and the effects on menstrual health. This is an important topic for both coaches and athletes and we encourage both to watch.

Check out our Go with the Flow Information Document:

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.

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.

Club Structures – 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

Rowing Ireland and Athletics Ireland partnered to bring a webinar to our members, addressing the prevalent dropout of girls in sport in their teenage years. Dr. Orlagh Farmer presents her research and practical strategies for coaches and clubs to tackle this issue.

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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