Here you can find all of Swim Ireland's latest Women In Sport initiatives and opportunities. These include the Women In Sport Coaching & Mentoring Programme and the Women In Sport Leadership Programme.

Swim Ireland's Women In Sport programmes are funded by Sport Ireland.

Women in Sport Leadership Programme

Upcoming 2022 Courses:

Course Option 1: Monday 17th January to Monday 7th March - 7pm-8.30pm

  • Eight-session course taking place every Monday online via zoom

Course Option 2: Tuesday 22nd February to Tuesday 12th April - 7pm-8.30pm

  • Eight-session course, taking place every Tuesday online via zoom

Course Option 3: Intensive Two-Day Course Monday 21st and Monday 28th February 9.30am-5pm each day

  • Two-day intensive course online via zoom

Places will be given to Swim Ireland Members via Application Process and cost a subsidised €200 per candidate. If you would like to apply for any of the above courses please complete the below application form and return to Sarah Taaffe via email; by 5pm on Wednesday, December 15


Course Content

  • Leadership and Values
  • Networking and Collaboration
  • Handling Challenging Situations and Developing Resilience
  • Crisis Management
  • Influencing in leadership
  • Communications and Developing Your Personal Brand
  • Governance in Sport
  • Change Management

Participants will also receive a one-on-one coaching session and support in producing their own Personal Development Plan. Guest speakers will also provide insight into their own personal leadership experiences.

The aim of the Women in Sport (WIS) Leadership programme is to provide training, guidance and expertise to support women to thrive in leadership positions in sport. Courses are open to female Swim Ireland Members who are already in Leadership positions or wish to pursue a Leadership position such as committee and board members, official and other volunteer roles.

The Leadership programme is supported by Sport Ireland WIS funding and each course is delivered by consultants Lisa Clancy and Sarah O’Shea, with influential guest speakers each week.

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.

We do this by offering on-going mentoring and subsidised places for women who wish to take part in selected coaching qualification courses for swimming, diving and water polo.

Spaces are distributed via an application process, with successful candidates receiving a discounted course fee, along with mentoring opportunities post course.

Latest Opportunities
'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
'Women and the Water'
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 hope that this feature will encourage other females into coaching, officiating and other roles within Swim Ireland Clubs.

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

Feature 8: Jane Reilly; Level 2 Water Polo Coach

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

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

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

Feature 4: Mary Dunne; Former Swim Ireland President

Feature 3: Clíona Colvin; Level 2 Swimming Coach

Feature 2: Marian English; Level 3 Swimming Coach

Feature 1: Mary Haughney; FINA accredited Referee

Get Qualified!
Get Qualified!