Olympic Focus on Gender Equality

The Olympic Federation of Ireland is to host an online series of four weekly webinars 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 next week 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.

The aim of the series is to demonstrate the importance of having gender balance at decision making level and to provide concrete examples of how and why having this balance will benefit the wider sporting community.

The series is primarily aimed at CEOs, Presidents and the Women in Sport Lead across member federations of the Olympic Federation of Ireland, with a limited number of invitations also made for members of the media and other interested individuals working in this area.

Online registration is required and bookings for the first week are open here.

The first episode of the series focuses on leadership within coaching structures and will include case studies from some of Ireland’s biggest names at sports management level.

Lisa Fallon is the Head Coach of London City Lionesses, who play in the FA Women’s Championship. She is the only Republic of Ireland born Head Coach working in the top two divisions of men’s or women’s professional football in the UK.

She will be joined by Bernard Dunne, the High Performance Director for Irish Boxing with the Irish Athletic Boxing Association;  Sally Corscadden,  the Eventing Performance Director for Horse Sport Ireland; and Sally Johnson, Performance Director for Gymnastics Ireland

“It is important to have balanced and diverse viewpoints represented in all areas of Irish society and Irish sport,” said OFI President Sarah Keane.

“This series focuses on Gender Equality at the leadership level in sport, and the purpose of the series is to use concrete examples of how organisational structures can be challenged and adapted to support all sportspeople.”

“Tokyo 2020 will be the most gender balanced Olympic Games ever, with 48.5% of the athletes being female, which is encouraging.”

“The next step is to ensure that there is a balance across the leadership positions in sport, to make sure that more voices are represented. This series addresses gender equality specifically, but the same philosophies apply across all areas of equality, to ensure unbiased and a more inclusive community.”

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