50 Women of Influence – Joy Neville

Joy Neville, Rugby Referee

Joy Neville was named as World Rugby’s referee of the year in 2017.  The accolade came only four years after she was part of the Irish team that won the Grand Slam in Italy and was a measure of her determination to succeed at this new element of the sport.

In 2018 she has continued the arc of her successful career and was named as Rehab Sports Person of the year in April.

She has taken charge of last year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup Final but is also now a regular in the men’s game with Guinness PRO14, European Challemnge Cup and International matches under her belt.

She spoke at Liberty Insurance’s International Women’s Day event in 2018  of how she had overcome her own doubts as to whether to carry on in refereeing after she started, and is a model of how it is never easy but so often worthwhile to challenge yourself.

Being seen as a woman competing at the highest level of the sport on her own terms puts her up as a real role model on how women can continue in sport having already made the decision to enjoy playing.

That’s a key part in making the sight and sound of women across every area of sport normal.

50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport 2018 is brought to you by Sport for Business in partnership with our friends at Liberty Insurance.

Over the coming weeks, we will identify more leaders on and off the field of play. They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities and what they have achieved. They will come from teams and individual sports, from sponsorship partners, from the media, from the administrative corridors of power and from places where influence may be subtle but no less powerful.

We want your voice in who the remainder should be. Who do you come across in your working life within sport, or in your position as an observer, that you feel deserves recognition.

Contact us today Quoting Women in Sport 2018 Nomination to let us know who you think should be joining us.

This year we will be inviting each of our nominated 50 to join us at our Annual Women in Sport Conference, hosted this year in the studios of RTÉ on Wednesday morning, December 5th.

We will be unveiling the line up of speakers we have joining us over the coming weeks and will make places available to book, initially for Sport for Business members, from Monday, October 17th.

We will also be publishing this year’s Women of Influence list, together with other interviews and content relating to the cause of promoting Women in Sport in a commemorative booklet.

If you would like to highlight the work your organisation is doing in this area as part of this project CONTACT US TODAY, Quoting Women in Sport 2019 Partnership and let’s talk about the options that are available.