JOANNE CANTWELL

 

Joanne Cantwell has completed three seasons as the anchor of RTÉ’s flagship Saturday Game Live and Sunday Game Live.

The All Ireland Final Coverage of the Men’s Football and Hurling Finals delivers an aggregate annual audience of around 2 million, and always features among the most watched sports programmes of the year.

The Sunday Game sparks more conversation than any other programme on TV and she is the guide of where that initial reaction takes us. It is the most powerful presenting position in Irish sports media.

Cantwell has been one of a wave of strong female presenters given a chance and then developed in their career at RTÉ, long before it became an imperative.

She joined from TV3 in 2007 and her first job was as a reporter on The Sunday Game. Since then she has gone on to host coverage from the Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as programming across a variety of sports. She was given her current role on the announcement of Michael Lyster’s retirement in 2018

Cantwell played Ladies Gaelic Football for Dublin, winning an All-Star in 1998 after helping Dublin to a first Leinster title.

 

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This is the ninth edition of our Sport for Business listing of 50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport.

We are proud to do so this year with a new partner in AIG, an organisation that have pledged their commitment to equality in their partnerships with Gaelic Games, Tennis, Golf and more, for whom “Effort is Equal” and with whom we have ambitious plans to extend the reach of this annual celebration of the Women who are making a difference.

They are drawn as before from the worlds of leadership, partnership, storytelling and performance.

We began this journey in 2013 when challenged that we would never be able to produce a list of twenty Influential Women in Irish Sport. The 20 stretched to 30, then 40 and 50 and it still does not do justice to the talent that is out there.

This year once more, to keep things fresh we will introduce at least 30 per cent of fresh names from last year. That will be the hardest part to have some names replaced but if it was too easy it would be of less value.

The list we will build over the coming weeks is a snapshot of those women who are making a mark on how sport is played, consumed, grown and delivered.

They are part of making the role of women in sport unexceptional by being exceptional in what they do.

Recognition of their contribution is rarely asked for but is fully deserved, and we want your help in identifying those who you feel should be among them.

We will start to publish the first of this year’s list on Sport for Business next week, and share them for all across social media in parallel.

So, who do you think should be on the list for 2021?

 

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