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.



The Sport and Recreation Alliance in Britain is running an online conference next week entitled Women and Girls in Sport: Imagine. Believe. Achieve.

The virtual conference will inform key stakeholders on the progress made and the challenges remaining in achieving cross-gender equality in the UK sports sector; as well as identify opportunities for the UK to significantly contribute to global progress in this area.

“Women and Girls in Sport: Imagine. Believe. Achieve.” will take place on Thursday 30th July over Zoom, and the conference is free to attend to all. Attendance is welcomed from all interested parties, both from within and outside the sector who endeavour for equality of women and girls.

The conference will bring together leaders from across the sector who are advocates and experts of women and sport. The impressive line-up includes confirmed speakers Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, member of the International Olympic Committee, Anita DeFrantz and the UK Minister for Sport, Nigel Huddleston MP.

You can register to attend the conference here.





The focus switches to the important area of governance today in the Olympic Federation of Ireland Gender Equality Online Series.

The third webinar in the four-part series has a practical approach to how to implement a gender equality strategy.

Register here

Join Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) President, Sarah Keane, Honorary General Secretary of the OFI, Sarah O’Shea and UCD Professor in the Centre of Corporate Governance, Professor Niamh Brennan as well as Jennifer Cassidy, lecturer on Global Governance and Diversity at Oxford University.

The MC this week will be RTÉ Sports Presenter Evanne Ní Chuilinn, who holds a master’s degree in Sports Management, with a focus on trust restoration in the governance of competitive sport.

The webinar takes place at 2 pm today, Wednesday, July 22nd and registration is required in advance.



From Hollywood and the tech powerhouses of San Francisco, from the sport and from all points in between, the new Women’s Soccer League franchise in Los Angeles, that will join the League in 2022 promises to be one that will light up the concept of equality in the sport.

The story is one of a group of celebrities touched by the World Cup last year, and by the fight for equality waged by the US Women’s National Team, and coming together to get involved in a personal way.

It could be like the Harlem Globetrotters of a team that is there to create noise, but it also promises to be a major force in the game and potentially become the equivalent of a Real Madrid or a Manchester United.



Chelsea Clinton is producing a book on US sporting women that have made their name and changed the game for women in sport.

The daughter of Bill and Hilary Clinton is a high profile advocate in her own right and the publication of this book in the ‘She Persists’ series published by Penguin imprint Philomel in the US has the potential to score major publicity across the US media.

Stars within the book will include Venus and Serena Williams, Mia Hamm and Wilma Rudolph, both of whom won Double Olympic Gold.




The Sport for Business AIG Game Changer Network is a way of bringing players making their way in the world of sport together with a mentor from the world of business so that both can share experience and develop a bond that can benefit them both in ways that can be many and varied.

The first pairings for 2020 will be announced shortly and we propose to keep the window of opportunity open through to the end of this year so please feel free to get in touch if you would like to be a part is fast becoming a really influential network.

If you are in Sport:

Build a connection that can help you manage your time, your motivation, your connection to potential funding partners or even begin the transition out of the highest levels of competition.

Introduce yourself, your sport and the energy you put into it to a new person who can give you a different perspective.

Register your interest as a woman in sport looking to connect with a woman in business.

If you are in Business:

Lend a helping hand to someone who may excel in their chosen field but may need some guidance on the next stage of their personal development.

Get a connection to a woman in sport who may be about to embark on the greatest journey of their life and help her to connect with a national audience.

Register your interest as a woman in business looking to lend a hand and a friendly shoulder to a woman in sport.

There are no limits to what you can achieve together, no barriers to having a look and seeing what might emerge.