THE STRUGGLE IS REAL… BUT, SO TOO IS THE PROGRESS

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL… BUT, SO TOO IS THE PROGRESS

It’s often said that the only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come. Well, this International Women’s Day, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Because in our seemingly endless quest for gender equality in sport in the future, it’s vital that we don’t lose sight of the huge strides that are actually being made at present, and be thankful for certain frustrations becoming relics of a bygone era in the past.

ESSENTIAL SPORTS BOOKS FOR YOUR READING LIST

ESSENTIAL SPORTS BOOKS FOR YOUR READING LIST

Often I am asked for recommendations of books specifically about women’s sport – so, this is a selection of five favourites from my own personal Women in Sport library. This is far from an exhaustive list, and the books are in no particular order – more so, it’s a broad selection of reading material by female writers that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, and that I frequently revisit for research and reference purposes.

THE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

THE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

This is a story about the World Cup. It is also a story about my wife.  When myself and Leanne met, I didn’t work in sport - but I watched it on TV non-stop, supported it any chance I’d get, and played it a lot. About a fortnight after our first date, I was...

BE THERE FOR THE JOURNEY – NOT JUST THE DESTINATION.

BE THERE FOR THE JOURNEY – NOT JUST THE DESTINATION.

In the summer of 2018, we witnessed one of the greatest achievements in the history of Irish sport. Not Irish women’s sport – Irish SPORT. In order to fully appreciate the Irish hockey squad’s incredible achievement of reaching a World Cup Final, it is essential to take the three years that preceded the tournament into account. The journey to the podium was one which began in the Spanish city of Valencia, on June 18th 2015…

LEARNING TO SWIM AGAIN

LEARNING TO SWIM AGAIN

In October 2018, I attended a conference hosted by Swim Ireland. #WePlay: Inspiring Girls In Sport is an annual event for female athletes of all ages and abilities, exploring the areas of body image, health and wellbeing. I went as a journalist, keen to hear athlete...