As with many aspects of our society, the world of sport has historically assumed a “male flaw”. Women in sport have long stood aside, waiting for their moment to kick in. Even the terms “women’s football,” “women’s athletics” and “women’s – or sometimes women’s tennis” – assume that there is. something unusual, contrary to the norm when a woman picks up a racquet or runs on the field (we never heard of “men’s football” after all).
In recent years, however, women in Ireland and around the world have worked tirelessly to change that perception and root out the tired prejudices they have likely faced throughout their sporting careers. In 2019, funding was finally starting to reflect the talent of women in sports, as media coverage and public interest began to peak. We saw undeniable proof of this at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Google search trends around the term “women’s football” saw an unprecedented spike in June 2019, proving that when they have airtime, the public is keen to engage and support women in sport.
The world of women’s sport is, like the rest of the industry, currently in crisis. As Covid-19 brought the sport to a halt this year, the momentum that had built up around women in sport last year is likely to collapse. Additionally, as men’s sport seeks to get back on track as soon as possible, women’s sport faces a longer lockdown. Recent announcements have even confirmed that Brazil has withdrew its tournament accommodation offer for the Women’s World Cup in 2023. Commenting on that, Lady Tanni Gray-Thompson said, “We cannot rush to reclaim men’s sport and not think about women’s sport. There has to be balance and diversity, otherwise some of the progress made by women might be lost. “
Fortunately, there are many inspiring female sports stars in Ireland and beyond who have taken the initiative to keep the momentum going and keep spectators optimistic about what the future of Irish sport has in store by getting involved in apparel. influential sports and women coach collaborations. Shamelessly demanding our attention, these women have inspired fans everywhere for the past few years. Needless to say, the most influential women in Irish sport aren’t going anywhere. Here are the ones to watch out for in post-confinement women’s sport:
This rising star has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and she certainly still has a lot to give! Dublin-born, 22, she won an impressive bronze in the 800m at the European Under-23 Championships last summer, but she is also extremely accomplished in the 1,500m category. Earlier this year, she won her first senior national title at the Indoor Track and Field Championships, breaking her personal best in the 800m with a time of 2.05.62.
In addition to excelling on the athletics track, Power is engaged in social activism and has spoken out against racism in sport. She called for the conversation on racism in sport to continue and for people to listen, speak out and educate themselves.
While Katie Taylor began her athletic career as a footballer, she is now best known for her success in the boxing ring. Taylor was born in County Wicklow to an Irish mother and an English father, both of whom were heavily invested in her boxing career with her father, Peter, becoming her full-time trainer, and her mother, Bridget. , becoming one of the first female referees and judges in Ireland.
Taylor’s career has already been phenomenal – in addition to being the two-weight world champion, she is the current undisputed lightweight champion and won the gold medal (in the lightweight division) at the Olympics. of London 2012, as well as the Irish flag bearer.
Since then, Taylor has continued to be at the top of her game and will defend her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine lightweight world titles in a rematch against Delfine Persoon on the 22nd.sd August.
At just 25 years old, Síofra Cléirigh Büttner has already made an impressive name for herself as a prominent Irish middle distance runner. Starting her career at a young age, she won a silver medal in the women’s 1,500m at the 2011 European Youth Olympic Games and has since competed in many prestigious championships, including the 2017 World Athletics Championships. 2016, she was named Irish Athletics Under-23 Athlete of the Year and had an impressive college career in the United States after moving there to study.
After capturing the Irish women’s hockey team with unprecedented success, Katie Mullan has achieved “heroine” status in the Irish sports world. In 2018, she captained the team that qualified for the 2018 Women’s World Cup of Hockey Final. Following this silver medal success, Irish hockey fans will be on the edge of their seats when the all-star team will travel to Tokyo for the rescheduled Olympics next year!
Mullan is no stranger to international competition and began her youth hockey career competing in the Singapore Youth Olympic Games in 2010. The future of Irish women’s hockey looks extremely bright, especially with Mullan in the lead. !
In recent years, the Irish have shown resilience, power and breathtaking talent in the world of sport. While times are uncertain for the sports industry as a whole, these inspiring women are sure to bounce back – they have faced adversity time and time again and have inspired women across Ireland and around the world. There is no doubt that they will be ready to get back into action in the post-containment world.