Women In Sport – January 2015 ‘Moment of the Month’

By Liberty Insurance on 5 February 2015

As Proud Partner of the All Ireland Camogie Championship, we have a vision to support and nurture participation of women’s sport in Ireland.

At our Women In Sport Business Breakfast, which took place during the Camogie All-Ireland Final week in 2014, like minded people across all sporting codes gathered to celebrate & raise the profile of women in sport.

January 2015 begins our journey to be more proactive in our role as proud partner of Camogie and beyond, supporting all codes of Irish sports and its committed athletes. Below we are kicking off our monthly series of women in sport ‘Moment of the Month’ blogs, identifying the top stand out moments or athletes in women’s sport.

The Launch of the Women’s Gaelic Players Association

The Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) has been set up to represent, listen to, and support ladies footballers and camogie players who represent their county at the highest level in their sport.

Like all elite athletes, inter county players are the front door to sports; they represent the best of what GAA have to offer. They market, communicate, and develop the future of Gaelic games. They also they need to be facilitated and supported to progress and achieve beyond the sporting domain.

The WGPA is committed to improving the playing, personal and professional lives of its members. For more on the WGPA follow them on twitter @WomensGPA.

Stephanie Roche makes FIFA Puskas Award Goal of the Year Shortlist

Stephanie Roche’s goal made waves globally when shortlisted for the FIFA Puskas Award.

Stephanie Roche’s goal made waves globally when shortlisted for the FIFA Puskas Award. However, despite a concerted campaign, Roche was beaten in the public vote by Rodriguez’s stunning effort against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup.

Putting Roche’s feat in context, Roche was the first women to reach the final three in this category where over 1.1. million people voted for her. Her excellent goal in front of a crowd of just 95 people at Wexford’s Ferrycarrig Park has now been viewed by over six million fans on YouTube.

While disappointed with the outcome, Roche becomes a new profile for women’s sport where she hopes to inspire many young women at local level to participate and enjoy playing football.

Helen O’Reilly Appointed to IRFU National Referee Panel

Helen O’Reilly has become Ireland’s first top-level female referee.

On the back of becoming the first female to referee a top Ulster Bank League domestic fixture, Helen O’Reilly has become Ireland’s first top-level female referee in a move that could eventually see her officiate in the Guinness Pro12 and European Champions Cup action.

O’Reilly will continue to take charge of Ulster Bank League action and top women’s international action as she develops through the IRFU national panel process. Hard work, dedication and strong refereeing performances have propelled O’Reilly into the top handful of female referees in the world and into the national panel with the IRFU.

Participation in sport at an elite level doesn’t end if playing opportunities do not develop. Officiating, coaching or managing are integral to progressing young athletes as identified in the recent 2015 Liberty Insurance Games Development Conference.

Start as you mean to go on. January has been a great month and we’re excited to see #womeninsport grow further in 2015.

To continue your support for women in sport follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all things Camogie and show your support using #womeninsport.

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