Ireland has a new senior administrator at European level with the election last week of Rosie Barry from Irish Squash to the board of the European Squash Federation.
Barry is a member of Fitzwilliam Squash Club and is currently manager of the Irish Masters Team. She is an occupational health physician and comes from a strong background in the sport with her Father Mossie Collins having also represented Ireland at international level and her brothers Maurice and Chris and sister Elaine doing likewise.
Barry (pictured below on the left) is a former Irish Junior Champion and one of three women now to sit on the governing body for the sport in Europe.
“We were very fortunate to have such excellent candidates for this year’s Vice President elections,” said President Zena Wooldridge.
“I’m particularly pleased to lead a new Board which is 60 percent female, which reinforces the sport’s commitment to gender equality as part of its campaign for Olympic inclusion.”
“It is also a Board with significant and complementary experience, and will give new impetus to the continued growth of squash across ESF’s 46 member nations.”
Squash is played across Ireland in 185 different clubs spread across all 32 counties. It is recognised as one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise there is. The Irish U19 team finished in fourth place at the recent European Championships.
The Squash Ireland Board is chaired by Gar Holohan of Aura Leisure.
Image Credit: Billy Stickland, Inpho Photography