Women in Sport: January 2016

By Liberty Insurance Ireland on 12 February 2016
Women in Sport: January 2016

The New Year has begun and here’s our first Women In Sport 2016 news round-up for you.

Women in Sport: January 2016

Welcome to the first Women In Sport round-up of 2016.

GAA call on Camogie clubs to get involved in the Healthy Club Project

aims to help develop and improve physical, social, emotional, and psychological well-being within the clubs, as well as in the wider community.

First up as always, Camogie. Throughout January the GAA were calling on Camogie clubs across the country to get involved in their Healthy Club Project, which aims to help develop and improve physical, social, emotional, and psychological well-being within the clubs, as well as in the wider community.

Clubs that have taken part in the programme so far are delighted with the results, reporting increased membership, better member engagement with club activities, improvements in health-promoting activities, stronger links with the local community, and an opening up of new funding avenues. Many participating gained local and national recognition for their efforts, including Castleblayney Faughs, which picked up the Irish Sports Club of the Year award at the Sports Industry Awards.

LGFA Makes Waves With #LadyBalls Campaign

At Liberty Insurance, we’ve been campaigning hard to get more women involved and participating in sport. So we were delighted to see the Ladyball campaign continuing on this national debate.

Soft-touch for a woman's grip, eazi-play for a woman's ability and fashion-driven for a woman's style

It began with the launch of a hot pink football, designed for girls. “Soft-touch for a woman's grip, eazi-play for a woman's ability and fashion-driven for a woman's style” screamed the ad.

Many fell for this hook, line and sinker, and the outrage across social media was palpable. After a few days it was revealed to be a spoof from the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. LGFA President Marie Hickey summed things up nicely: “We hope to see everyone who spoke so passionately in women’s defence in this debate, channel that same energy into pitchside support during the coming season”. Hear hear!

Ireland begins its Six Nations title defence

Ireland has begun its Six Nations title defence with a comfortable 21-3 victory over Wales in Donnybrook.

Captained by Niamh Briggs, there are several new faces in Tom Tierney’s squad, including Zoe Grattage, Ciara Griffin, Ciara O’Connor, Grainne Egan, Liz Burke, Elise O’Byrne-White and Claire McLaughlin. On his selection, Tierney said: “We have named a squad full of talent for this year’s championship. There is a nice blend of youth and experience and the vibe in the camp has been very positive over the last few weeks.”

There is a nice blend of youth and experience and the vibe in the camp has been very positive over the last few weeks.

Ireland’s Six Nation fixtures in full are:

  • Sat Feb 6th, Ireland 21 - 3 Wales
  • Sat Feb 13th, 9pm (LT), France v Ireland, Stade Aimé Giral, Perpignan
  • Sat Feb 27th, 19:15pm, England v Ireland, Twickenham
  • Sun Mar 13th, 1pm. Ireland v Italy Donnybrook, Stadium
  • Sun Mar 20th, 1pm, Ireland v Scotland, Donnybrook Stadium

British team smash two world rowing records

Over to Britain now, and to a female rowing crew that has become the first women’s team to complete a Pacific crossing. Starting out last April, the Coxless Crew finally made it to Queensland 257 days after leaving San Francisco. During the nine months at sea, they covered 15,500km and faced storms, sharks, sea-sickness, painful sores and a severe lack of sleep. The team consisted of three permanent members - Laura Penhaul, Natalia Cohen and Emma Mitchell - and three temporary members, Isabel Burnham, Lizanne Van Vuuren and Meg Dyos, who each rowed a leg. The crew rowed as pairs in two-hour shifts, sleeping for about 90 minutes at a time.

"This was an overwhelming experience and an overwhelming arrival that we had really not expected," said Ms Penhaul, 32, a physiotherapist. "It's been a long slog but it's great to be here at the finish line as true friends."

The crew completed the voyage about three months later than planned, but set two records as the first team of women and the first team of four to cross the Pacific Ocean. As well as a place in the history books, they also raised over €50,000 for Breast Cancer Care and Walking With The Wounded, so a great achievement all round.

F1 seek girls who Dare To Be Different

We aim to inspire and drive female talent to make sure in the long term our sport is diverse

Finally we’ll wrap up this month’s roundup with ‘Dare To Be Different’, a high-profile new initiative launched in Britain. Dare To Be Different is not about finding the next female F1 driver. It is about inspiring women of all ages and backgrounds to break the mould and shatter perceptions – not just on the track but in all aspects of the sport. It hopes to achieve this by creating an expansive online community, and by bringing young girls together with some of the sports’ most inspiring women in a series of special events.

At the launch, retired Scottish driver Susie Wolff said: “Our sport is performance-based so gender is irrelevant. The opportunities are out there. We aim to inspire and drive female talent to make sure in the long term our sport is diverse.”

You can find out lots more information on the community, including their special events taking place, here.

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