A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change

March 08, 2021

Swim Ireland are committed to equality and have made huge strides in encouraging and empowering females in our sports, but there is more to do, and we can all play our part.

The theme of International Women's Day is 'Choose To Challenge', which calls on us all to make the decision to challenge what we see as not equal. We call on all our members to make this pledge:

Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

Make your support visible on social media by taking a selfie with your hand raised high to show you're in, and use every moment of this week to showcase the females in your clubs.

To help you do that, we've got some initiatives lined up.

What's on this Women's Week?

We have a full week of IWD 2021 initiatives planned to begin on IWD, with opportunities open to all genders. Here's some of what's in store:

Listen to Women In Sport Development Officer Bethany Carson talk to Joanne O'Riordan in Shine Festival's online talk Getting Involved & Being Active

Events you can book right now to support and celebrate great women in our watery world:

Monday, March 8

Route Planning for Open Water Swimmers with English Channel heroine and Wild Swimming in Ireland author Maureen McCoy

Wednesday, March 10

Competitive Breaststroke Online Workshop for Masters Swimmers with Enniskillen Lakelanders coach Sinead Donagher

Thursday, March 11

Meet Niamh Tallon, founder of Hersport.ie, in our Meet Your Local Media forum

Starting, March 16

Denise Walsh's Pilates for Water Polo Players

Starting, March 23

Niamh Buffini's Strength & Conditioning Programme for Masters Swimmers

Women In Sport Wednesday - OVER TO YOU GUYS!

As part of our support for the Choose To Challenge movement, we are re-launching our Women in Sport Wednesdays, but this time we want to hear it straight from you, our Swim Ireland Clubs!

What female members within your club are taking action to drive success and promote a positive ethos?

Athletes, coaches, parents or committee members, we want to see it!

Let’s celebrate our women and girls’ achievements, to inspire those who will follow in their foots steps.

How to Do it:

  1. Reach out now – identify your “stand-out” females within the club
  2. Ask them to complete a short survey or questionnaire, highlighting their achievements
  3. Post your highlights on Monday 8th of March and throughout the week (perhaps one each day!) to your club’s social media channels and website using the Sport Ireland.
  4. Include the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge #WomenInSportIRE #SwimIrelandIWD

For more information please contact your Club Secretary or Regional Support Officer who have guidance on how to showcase your females - including example questions and a social media resource to help create your post!

Don't forget to follow the Safe Guarding Filming and Photography Policy and Filming and Photography Permission Template.

Women in Water Polo

We are excited to announce in advance of IWD that we have Women In Sport places available in our Water Polo Referee courses starting in March / April time, to encourage and empower more females to take up officiating roles within our sports.

If you are a woman interested in becoming a Water Polo Referee, and would like to participate through the Women in Sport Programme, please express your interest by emailing aveencolvin@swimireland.ie

To find out more about all the Women In Sport initiatives at Swim Ireland, including our Women and the Water Strategy 2019-2021, please visit: Women In Sport