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September 12, 2022

Swim Ireland is delighted to bring you a seven week webinar series beginning the 21st September. The series is aimed at teenage girls, parents, and coaches providing education, support and assistance on their journey as an athlete in aquatic sports.

These webinars will include external speakers to present on areas of menstrual cycle, nutrition, and life skills along with managing other types of changes.

To educate, support and assist teenage girls on their journey as an athlete with external speakers on areas of menstrual cycle, nutrition, and life skills along with managing other types of changes.


4:30pm (45mins-1 hour) - option of recording episodes and uploading for those who have paid but cannot attend live.

Schedule and Booking Links:

21st September - Managing Life Transitions by Ellen Walshe

28th September - Coping with Stress: Balancing Life as an Athlete by Hannah Miley

5th October - The Menstrual Cycle: Nutrition & Performance by Sharon Madigan

12th October - Coaching the Female Athlete: The Female Experience by Hannah Miley

18th October - The Menstrual Cycle: The Effects on Performance by Niamh Ní Chéilleachair

26th October - Coaching the Female Athlete: How Does She Think? by Jessie Barr

1st November - Coaching the Female Athlete: How Does She Move? by Niamh Ní Chéilleachair

Presenter Bios

Presenter Bios

Sharon Madigan is the Head of Performance Nutrition at the Sport Ireland Institute. Sharon works with Ireland’s elite athletes in nutritional management and intervention and has been an integral part of Irelands Olympic Games for numerous cycles. Sharon has a passion for investigating energy balance for varying sports, with special note to female sport, with recent work investigating the relationship between menstrual cycles and training approach and performance.

Hannah Miley has over a decade of competing internationally and is a 3-time Olympian having representing GB at Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. Hannah is a multiple European Championships medalist and 2-time commonwealth champion in the 400m IM. She has also won a silver (2011) and a bronze (2009) at the FINA World Championships. To add to the list, Hannah is also a World and European Short Course Champion (2012) in the 400m IM. Hannah has retired from swimming and is now on a mission to inform the sports industry about the role of menstruation in women’s sport, having created a project called ‘Find the Flow’ which delivers workshops on the topic to athletes, coaches and parents.

Ellen Walshe is an Irish Olympian that competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics swimming the 100m butterfly and the 200m IM. She is a multiple national record holder and is currently studying in The University of Tennessee. Ellen has become the first swimmer in history to win the 100m fly, 200m IM and the 200m IM at the SEC Championships (2022). Ellen has also won a silver medal at the World Short Course Championships in the 400m IM, being the first Irish swimmer to win a medal higher than a bronze medal.

Jessie Barr is an accredited Sport and Performance Psychologist, Olympian, and a sport psychology PhD researcher. Jessie competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in athletics and was a finalist at both the Europeans Athletics Championship and the World University Games in the 400m hurdles. Jessie worked with Ireland’s leading Olympic athletes and was part of the psychology team for the 2020 Olympic Games. Jessie has a passion for investigating the benefits of general exercise for mental health, with recent work examining the stigma around mental health within an elite sport context.

Dr Niamh Ní Chéilleachair is a course co-ordinator and lecturer in BSc Sports Science with Exercise Physiology, specialising in the delivery of Physiology for the High-Performance Athlete. Niamh is also an accredited Performance Physiologist in the Sport Ireland Institute, has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and a PhD which incorporated a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate alternative training methods for endurance athletes. Niamh has also worked with high performance athletes across a wide range of sports, including swimming, and is part of the SHE Research Group, which aim to develop an international research institute for women in sport, health and exercise and to bridge the gender data gap in sport, health and exercise science research.


September 12, 2022

€4 per episode (athlete/parent/coach episodes)
€5 per coach episode (1 CPD point per episode)

All proceeds will be donated to The Shona Project - a national social enterprise who’s mission is to educate, empower and inspire today’s Irish Girls to become tomorrows strong, confident and curious young women. For more information on The Shona Project head to their website.