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Rowing Ireland is currently recruiting for a Women in Sport Officer to join our dedicated team. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of Ireland’s most successful and reputable sports.

Job specifications for the role are available below.

How to Apply

Applications can be made via email with a cover letter and CV to ceo@rowingireland.ie

Closing Date

Monday, 5pm, 3rd April 2022

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International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Break the Bias.  

We all have innate biases and stereotypes which have been informed by family, friends, society and experiences throughout our lives. The challenge is to have awareness of those biases and to check and challenge yourself before we make assumptions and generalisations. For those witnessing or experiencing bias – call it out, challenge it and then break through it. We are working to achieve a sport where everyone is valued, respected and supported as equals. We are working to Break the Bias. 

Rowing Ireland are celebrating International Women’s Day and building on it with a week long ‘Women in Rowing’ campaign. We hope you will join us in celebrating International Women’s Day and Women in Rowing Week in your club. Remember to tag @RowingIreland and we will share far and wide! 

Today we launch our International Women’s Day Video. 

Thank you to all the coaches, athletes and members who contributed content and a massive thank you to Eamon Glavin who pulled it together. We think it represents our rowing community very well!

Hope you enjoy! Happy International Women’s Day!

For the first day of Women in Sport Week, Rowing Ireland are reflecting on the last year, and women’s involvement across our sport. Today we publish the numbers across participation, leadership and coaching, as available at the end of 2021.

This year brought a number of key milestones for Women in Rowing. We achieved our first Olympic Medal for women’s rowing and sent the largest women’s team to an Olympic Games. We had the first female coached crew to win a medal at a World Championship event with Leah O’Regan and the JW2x. We had the first elected female President of Rowing Ireland, Susan Dunlea. We are now one of the only NGBs with both a female CEO and President.

In July 2020, Rowing Ireland published their first Women in Sport Strategy. This outlined how we were performing in Women in Sport under each of the Sport Ireland WiS Policy pillars – Participation, Coaching and Officiating, Leadership and Visibility. At the time of the strategy publication, we were unable to capture active coaching numbers or data on club leadership. Now through the Club Affiliation process, we are getting a greater insight into the gender breakdown of coaching and leadership and will be able to track changes over time. 

Whilst Covid-19 led to the adaptation of some plans outlined in the strategy, a number of initiatives were successfully rolled out and will continue into 2022. The aim will be to have more in-person events to make up for lost time through the Covid pandemic. 

The following document is an updated snapshot of where we are now based on reported numbers at the end of 2021. Women in Coaching will remain the focus of the Rowing Ireland WIS Programme, as this is where we see the greatest gender disparity.

Progress has been made, but there is still work to do to achieve our goal of gender balance in all aspects of our sport.

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Rowing Ireland is committed to increasing women’s sustained involvement in sport as coaches, volunteers, club members, athletes, leaders, and participants from grassroots to high performance. Improved diversity can lead to positive changes in our clubs, committees, board and for our sport. 

In the spirit of this commitment, we are delighted to put forward three women for the Women in Leadership Programme. 

Sinead Dolan of Commercial Rowing Club

Hannah Fitch of Limerick Boat Club

Ceara O’Connor of St. Micheals Rowing Club.

This programme is 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.

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 claire.lambe@rowingireland.ie.

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

WIS Leadership Programme Flyer – please share within your club!

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