On Saturday 23rd of April, our Year 1 and Year 2 female coaches from the HP Coaching Pathway met in Dublin for the first time since the programme began. With the restrictions of Covid-19, this has been the first chance for all the coaches to gather together in person. From 10am- 4pm the Year 2 coaches had their final workshop session with Jo Hopkins in a series of workshops aimed at giving them the leadership skills they need to move forward on their coaching journey.

The coaches met with other coaches from Triathlon Ireland, Cycling Ireland, Athletics Ireland and Boxing Ireland.  Lochlann Walsh (OFI Gender Commission Chair) greeted and chatted with coaches. Nora Stapleton (Women in Sport lead, Sport Ireland) also addressed all coaches.

In the evening, the Year 1 coaches joined us and all coaches enjoyed socialising over a dinner and guest speaker Stephen Maguire (Head of High Performance, Sport Ireland) spoke in conversation with Jo Hopkins reflecting on some experiences of his athletics coaching career which were significant learnings for the coaches. A Q&A was also held with Stephen.

Many thanks to Stephen for his time and to Jo Hopkins and Eliza Downey for facilitating. Claire Lambe was a key figure in organising this event. Applications for next year’s programme will begin this summer. 

Rowing Ireland is delighted to introduce the Women in Sport Leadership Programme to our sport. This is a fantastic opportunity for females working in leadership roles (or hoping to progress to a leadership role) within Rowing Ireland clubs and regions e.g. committee members, officials etc. Clubs should also consider past members that may be interested in being involved in their clubs again in a club administration/leadership capacity. 

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

  • January 5th – February 23rd 2021
  • 8 week online course
  • Tuesdays 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Open to: committee members, officials and anyone working within the club/regional environment. (Whilst not advised for busy coaches – welcome to apply)

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 Form: Please download below and return by email to

Application closing date: Monday, December 14th at 5pm

WIS Leadership Programme Flyer – please share within your club!