Women in Sport Leadership Programme

Women in Sport Leadership Programme

An exciting opportunity for females working in leadership roles (or hoping to progress to a leadership role) within Swim Ireland clubs and regions e.g. committee members, officials etc.

This Women in Sport Leadership 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 including Lisa Fallon (London City Lionesses Manager).

More information on the programme and application process 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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