Women in Sport: September 2015

By Liberty Insurance Ireland on 2 October 2015
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GAA, rowing and golf, September has been a great month across the globe for women across all kinds of sport. Here’s our round up.

September is always an exciting month for sport. As the GAA season reaches its climax, the football season is just hitting its stride but there’s plenty happening in other sports right across the globe too.

...when Cork overcame Dublin to lift the football title, final attendance was confirmed at 31,083...the highest attended women's sporting event in Europe this year.

We’re delighted to start this month’s round up with some really good news, especially in light of our Support Her Sport initiative. First off, congratulations to Cork ladies, who won both the GAA All-Ireland Senior Camogie and Football titles. Attendance at both games was up on last year; attendance at the Cork v Galway Camogie final went from 12,473 last year to 16,610 and when Cork overcame Dublin to lift the football title, final attendance was confirmed at 31,083 – up 3,709 on last year. This made it the highest attended women's sporting event in Europe this year. Here’s to even more seats being filled next year!

There were high hopes for Ireland’s lightweight women's double crew at the World Rowing Championships in France. But despite a valiant effort, Claire Lambe and Sinead Jennings just missed out on making their final, coming 4th in their heat.

We had a really, really good race. We were very strong through the middle of it and unfortunately we didn't have a strong enough sprint finish.

Jennings said: "We were unfortunate. We were only half a second off third place and that would have got us into the 'A' final and a chance of a medal tomorrow. We had a really, really good race. We were very strong through the middle of it and unfortunately we didn't have a strong enough sprint finish. We have only been together a short time and that takes some time to develop.”

Despite coming 9th overall, the good news is their 3rd place in the ‘B’ final mean they qualify for a place in the Rio Olympics, so watch this space!

McElroy, Lowry, McDowell – Irish golf has never had a higher profile. And now Leona Maguire is set to raise it for Irish women too with her blistering form on the fairway. The young Cavan native has been honoured as the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year for 2015. Maguire also featured on the WGCA All-American team and went undefeated in Great Britain & Ireland’s Vagliano Cup loss to Europe at Malone Golf Club in July.

At just 20-years-old, Maguire has topped the World Amateur Golf Ranking for most of this year...

At just 20-years-old, Maguire has topped the World Amateur Golf Ranking for most of this year following her performance in the States for Duke College.

Despite her status as top prodigy in the world of women’s golf, Maguire further underlined her credentials following her invite as a guest amateur to the Ladies European Masters in July. She stunned the Ladies European Tour professionals, finishing in second just one shot off the lead at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, with her amateur status denying her the €50,000 prize money.

All in all Maguire is shaping up to become one of the greatest golfers, male or female, in the game.

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