Each Wednesday we publish a column looking at events around the world of sport in ireland and further afield that impact on the momentum behind gaining equality of attention and respect for Women in Sport.
BRITISH WOMEN’S OPEN TO GO AHEAD
The R&A has confirmed that it intends to play the AIG Women’s British Open at Royal Troon from 20-23 August without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will be the first women’s Major Championship to be played this year and will be broadcast globally to more than 11 million fans.
The Men’s Open Championship was postponed earlier in the year and will be held at Royal St George’s in Kent in July 2021.
“The AIG Women’s British Open is important to the success of women’s professional golf,” said Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A.
“We have been working closely with our title sponsor AIG, Visit Scotland, Royal Troon and our key advisors to find a way for the Championship to be played safely this year.”
“We believe that playing the AIG Women’s British Open is a significant step for players whose playing opportunities have been severely impacted this year. As they compete to be the 2020 champion in historic circumstances, these athletes will continue to inspire golfers and sports fans around the world, who will be closely following events from Royal Troon on TV and social media.”
The field will be comprised of the leading players from the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as well as recognising successful players from recent tournaments staged on the world’s leading Tours.
The Championship will enforce strict health and safety protocols including the creation of a bio secure zone. Only personnel essential to the Championship’s onsite operations, namely players, caddies, officials, and staging staff, will be inside the zone with their movements for the week limited to the golf course and designated secure hotel.
All personnel will be required to return a negative Covid-19 test from an authorised testing centre and will be subject to further daily temperature checks and rigorous protocols designed to maintain the integrity of the zone and the health of those within it.
WALES EXPANDING COMMITMENT TO WOMEN’S RUGBY
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a search for a three new posts specifically for the women’s performance programme in order to significantly raise standards in the women’s game ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
There will be a new Head Coach for theSenior Women’s National Programme who will be responsible for the planning, implementation and delivery of the coaching programme for both the 15s and 7s international programmes in Wales; a Physical Performance Lead to design and implement a strategic programme for all aspects of physical performance for all levels of women’s rugby in Wales; and a performance analyst for the female performance programme. It is expected that further coaches will be appointed to the team in due course.
“We have approved plans to grow the women’s game and to strengthen its performance side.” said WRU CEO Martyn Phillips.
“Clearly Covid 19 has impacted those plans like all areas of our organisation but we have taken the conscious decision to continue with planned investments. We hope this will allow us to make progress in closing the gap with the top nations in women’s rugby, which has always been at the core of our strategy.”
“We are committed to increasing female participation numbers and raising standards at all levels of the game for women and girls in Wales and raising performance standards through a dedicated team of coaches and performance staff will greatly help us to achieve those aims,” added WRU Women and Girls’ General Manager Charlotte Wathan.
“Part of the role of the new staff will also be to raise coaching and conditioning standards across the female game in Wales.”
GENDER EQUALITY WEBINAR SERIES KICKS OFF TODAY
The Olympic Federation of Ireland kicks off an online series of four weekly webinars later today, addressing how gender equality can be achieved at leadership level in sport in Ireland.
The series is in place of the OFI Gender Equality Conference which had to be postponed as a result of the pandemic.
Throughout the four part series leaders from the sporting arena, decision makers and influencers will discuss their personal experiences and offer insights into how to ensure that sport is a gender inclusive environment.
The events will take place between 2pm and 3pm each Wednesday in July starting today with a focus on coaching. The series will be hosted by TV presenter Mark Cagney and the three subsequent session will highlight leadership, governance and portrayal.
SEEKING GAME CHANGERS
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If you are in Sport:
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