Sports Seminar to address issues facing Women in Sport

Girls & Women in Sport Seminar Title

Sports Seminar to address issues facing Women in Sport

An influential panel of speakers will examine current trends in women’s sport through a ‘Girls and Women in Sport Seminar’ which takes place on Thursday February 9th from 10am-3pm at St Marys Hall, GMIT, Castlebar. Titled “Are we playing in a different League?” the event will deal with various topics including the importance of staying active, the issues around dropout, barriers/facilitators to girls/women’s sport and …positive change.

The seminar is being organised by the Castlebar Sports Network comprising Mayo Sports Partnership, GMIT Mayo, HSE, MTSG etc and supported by Speakers will include RTE Sports Presenter Jacqui Hurley, Founder of Women’s Gaelic Players Association Dr Aoife Lane, Paralympics Medallist Ellen Keane, 10 times Ladies GAA All Star Cora Staunton, former Cork Ladies GAA Manager Eamonn Ryan and Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh. This free Seminar is targeted at secondary school and third level girls & women throughout County Mayo. MC for the day is Head of Sport for Midwest Radio Angelina Nugent. Angelina will also chair a panel discussion with a Q&A session directly afterwards.

In advance of the seminar Mayo Sports Partnerships Community Sports Development Worker Anne Ronayne said:

“Girls and young women are a major target group and our goal is to create awareness around sport and physical activity for them. We would hope that young women will bring away a positive message relating to staying active and also very importantly about being treated equally in sport by media, governing bodies, clubs, coaches and mentors.”

GMIT Sports Officer Nigel Jennings added “GMIT Mayo is honoured to be able to host such an ambitious event and are delighted to welcome such a prestigious panel of inspirational and influential guests. GMIT Mayo have a proud record of achievement and participation among our female teams. This event ties in perfectly with GMIT Mayo plans to host the Ladies GAA Higher Education championship in March for the largest ever gathering of Ladies Gaelic footballers to mark 30 years of Ladies Gaelic football at 3rd level. I’ve no doubt it will be a memorable occasion and hope everyone enjoys their visit to the campus.”

Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB Youth Officer and Mayo Sports Partnership Board member Breda Ruane also added her support for this event:

“While we all know the importance of involvement in sport from a physical perspective the mental well being of young girls is also extremely important and sport can play a powerful role in promoting this”.

Anyone who is interested in promoting women’s participation in sport and physical activity such as parents, coaches, teachers etc are also invited to attend this FREE event. Interest is sure to be high so to book your place contact Mayo Sports Partnership on 094-9047025 or email

Some light lunchtime refreshments will be served.


Girls and Women in Sport Seminar Poster 2017