Title Ambassador Program
What do you get if you cross an All-Star Camogie player with 2 Olympic athletes and an International rugby captain? Answer, the best role models imaginable for encouraging women into sport. We are privileged to have four exceptional ambassadors supporting the promotion of women in sport, advancing the cause of female athletes and assisting in their preparation for participation on the national or international stage, be it in a sporting or leadership capacity.
As one of our ambassadors says, “There’s a sport out there for everyone”.
Following in her mother’s footsteps as an Olympic sailor, Annalise finished 4th in the London Olympics and followed that up with a Gold Medal at the 2013 European Championships. It was at the Rio Olympics when she won a Silver Medal to confirm her status as one of the country’s most successful Olympians of all time. For Annalise “sport is about fun, it can be about socialising, it doesn’t mean participating competitively. It’s just about doing a little bit and finding something you enjoy”. Follow Annalise on Twitter @Annalise_Murphy.
Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest Camogie goalkeepers, Mags plays her club Camogie with St. Martins in her home county of Wexford. Mags’ list of honours is as long as one of her puck-outs; she has won 4 All-Ireland Senior Championship Titles, 3 National League Titles, 2 All-Stars and is a regular contributor on RTE’s The Sunday Game. As Mags says, “If we don’t change society and people’s perspective of women in sport, it’s just going to stay the same”. Follow Mags on Twitter @magsdarcy.
In 2012 Natalya became the first woman to represent Ireland in the Modern Pentathlon; a discipline encompassing fencing, show-jumping, swimming, cross-country and pistol shooting. In 2016 Natalya finished in 7th place. In Rio, and also won Gold in the mixed relay at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup that same year. For an athlete who specialises in so many sporting disciplines, Natalya feels that “there is a sport out there for everyone; you just need to keep looking. And you don’t need to be sporty, just active – and that’s about being healthy, mentally and physically. Active is going for a walk with the dog, it’s going hiking. That’s activity, that’s sporty, that’s whatever you want to call it. Follow Natalya on Twitter @Natalyacoyle.
One of Ireland’s most successful rugby players, Fiona has amassed an amazing 85 international caps. She captained the Ireland team to their first Six Nations Championship in 2013 and led the team to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2014, claiming an historic victory over the World Champions, New Zealand. “Sport offers you so much more than just keeping you physically fit. It makes you connect to your locality or a group of people with a common interest”. Follow Fiona on Twitter @CoghlanFiona.