Women in Sport Mentorship with National Centre, Dublin

Swim Ireland recently launched an outstanding opportunity for six female swimming coaches to be mentored by Swim Ireland’s National Senior Team Head Coach, Ben Higson, and his team, in their world-class performance environment at the National Centre Dublin.

This is a chance for female coaches to supplement their coaching qualifications with real-life experience at the highest level, gaining insight into Tokyo 2021 athletes, and our F4-24 and Project LA programmes.

Spaces for this mentorship are limited to six and will be awarded via application process, with applications closing on November 23rd. The mentorship will be free of charge and travel expenses will be covered throughout.

Find full information on this mentorship and its associated application process here!

Sport Ireland Women in Sport Resources

A fantastic list of Women in Sport webinars provided by Sport Ireland during the 2020 European Week of Sport can be found below. These are a must watch for any female involved in physical activity - participant or coach!

Coaching the Female Athlete

Sport Ireland Coaching hosted a presentation and Q&A with coaches to discover how each of them gets the best out of the athletes they coach and the experiences they have of coaching women.

Hear from Hayley Harrison (Sport Ireland), Sue Ronan (Football Coach), Jon Mackey (Kickboxing Coach) and Fran Ronan (New Ross Head Coach and Wexford Sports Partnership)

Watch the webinar here (starts at 3min)

The Menstrual Cycle and the Female Athlete

Facilitated by Dr. Sharon Madigan, Performance Nutritionist at the Sport Ireland Institute, Go with the Flow – Menstrual Cycle and the Female Athlete included a presentation from Dr. Kirsty Elliott Sale on her recent research followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Katie Leydon and Irish boxing champion Ceire Smith.

Watch the webinar here.

Active During Pregnancy

This panel discussion featured facilitator Tarja Owens, Naomi Sturdy of Elements Yoga, Yvonne Byrne former Mayo Ladies Goalkeeper and Sinead Brophy of FFS Gyms. The webinar provided insight from current mums, mums to be and experts working in the fitness industry with pregnant women. All views presented were the individual speakers opinions and anyone looking for advice or to be active during pregnancy is encouraged to seek medical advice.

Watch the webinar here.

New Mums and Exercising

Led by Fiona Oppermann this panel discussion featured Tarja Owens and Lynne Cantwell and covered topics such as recommendations for a safe return to exercising for newly postpartum women and things to be aware of and consider. The session will end with a demonstration of some gentle exercises that are useful for new moms. All views presented were the individual speakers opinions and anyone looking for advice or to be active during or post pregnancy is encouraged to seek medical advice.

Watch the webinar here.

Watch the exercise demonstration here.

Women in Sport Wednesdays!

Women in Sport Wednesdays!

We are showcasing some of the prominent females working in our aquatic sports through Women in Sport Wednesdays! We will be chatting to them about how they started their sporting journey, how it has progressed, standout moments and of course their incredible dedication and commitment to sport.

We hope that this feature will encourage other females into coaching, officiating and other roles within Swim Ireland Clubs. We hope that it gives you a peek into the role and most of all we hope that it increases the visibility of these women in sport, appreciating their long list of accomplishments!

Feature 9: Louise Hennessy; Assistant Coach of the National Junior Water Polo Girls

Check out our interview with Louise here!

Feature 8: Jane Reilly; Level 2 Water Polo Coach

Check out our interview with Jane here!

Feature 7: Siobhán Egan; National Team Manager, Swim Ireland Coach, Swim Ireland Tutor.

Check out our interview with Siobhán here!

You can find the latest Level 1 and Level 2 Team Manager Course RIGHT HERE.

Feature 6: Rachael Lee; Level 2 Swim (Pool & Open Water) Coach & Irish Record Holder for the English Channel Swim.

Check out our interview with Rachael here!

If you are interested in becoming a coach or upskilling your qualifications, you can search for upcoming courses at the Swim Ireland Education Calendar and check out the Women in Sport Coaching and Mentoring Programme here!

Feature 5: Hayley Burke; Level 3 Coach, Swim Ireland Tutor, Paralympics Swimming Manager

Check out our interview with Hayley here!

Feature 4: Mary Dunne; Former Swim Ireland President

Check out our interview with Mary here!

Feature 3: Clíona Colvin; Level 2 Swimming Coach

Check out our interview with Clíona here!

Feature 2: Marian English; Level 3 Swimming Coach

Check out our interview with Marian here!

Feature 1: Mary Haughney; FINA accredited Referee

Check out our interview with Mary here!

If you are interested in becoming an official, now is the time! You can search for upcoming courses at the Swim Ireland Education Calendar

Coaching & Mentoring Programme

Coaching & Mentoring Programme

The Women in Sport (WIS) Coaching & Mentoring Programme was launched by Swim Ireland in 2018, funded by Sport Ireland. The aim of the programme is to address the lack of female coaching across Irish aquatics. Since its launch, 52 candidates have completed coaching qualifications (Level 1 and 2 Swimming and Water Polo).

For the upcoming year, we have identified several coaching courses across Ireland, where WIS spaces will be available. Although the Covid19 Global Pandemic is effecting practical elements of courses, we are still accepting applications for upcoming courses in which case candidates will complete theory elements online and practical elements post lockdown.

Each course involves a blend of online training and classroom / pool elements. Spaces are distributed via an application process, with successful candidates receiving a discounted course fee, along with mentoring opportunities post course.

Check out updated courses here!

'Women and the Water' Strategy 2019-2021

'Women and the Water' Strategy 2019-2021

In December 2019 the Swim Ireland Board signed off our 'Women and the Water' Women in Sport Strategy 2019-2021.

The strategy follows the same 4 pillars of the Sport Ireland WIS Strategy

  • Coaching & Officiating
  • Participation
  • Leadership & Governance
  • Visibility

Check out how we will work towards all four pillars of the strategy over the next 2 years

Swim Ireland 'Women and the Water' Women in Sport Strategy 2019-2021

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