Sport for Business, in partnership with Liberty Insurance, is publishing our third annual list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Irish Sport.
This is not about Women’s sport, it is about the influence that women are wielding across all sport. We will identify leaders on and off the field of play. They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities on and off the field of play. 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.
The key to promoting a true sense of equality between men and women in sport lies in normalising the involvement of both.
We can celebrate firsts such as the appointment of Irish Rugby Referee Joy Neville to take the whistle for her firstPremiershipiership game last weekend but it will be in her appearing without fanfare as just the best referee for the job that will lie the greatest legacy.
Neville is now one of three full time professional women on the list to referee big games across the sport.
She will be on the line this Friday for the Barbarians against Tonga at Thomond Stadium in her home city of Limerick.
Having taken charge of the Women’s Rugby World Cup Final in August it was an easy step to take towards high profile games in the men’s game.
She will be on the team for the France vs Japan international later this month and will lead the way in showing a pathway for players at the highest level – she won 70 caps and a Grand Slam for Ireland – making a transition towards taking up positions in the game once they have retired.
See the others in our list of the most Influential Women in Irish Sport including Niamh O’Donoghue, Joan O’Flynn, Lindsay Peat, Annalise Murphy, Dee Forbes, Emma Byrne, Fiona Coghlan, Dr Una May, Anne O’Leary, Cora Staunton, Sarah Keane and Jessica Harrington
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