She…..Inspires & Belongs in Sport. FREE interactive webinar!
Meath Local Sports Partnership unveils the line up of excellent speakers for our upcoming Women in Sport webinar on Thursday April 15th @ 7.30pm. The webinar is open to everyone, whether you have a personal interest in being active in female sport or physical activity, , or you are a parent of a girl involved in sport, an athlete, a player, a competitor, a coach, a mentor, an administrator or you just have an interest in developing opportunities for women to develop and progress in sport – this webinar is a must for you to attend.
Our “She…Inspires & Belongs in Sport” webinar is designed to showcase the very best leaders who through their own actions provide inspiration to us on a daily basis. The evening promises to be fun & interesting and will allow for participant interaction with the speakers. Our experienced speakers will inspire the participant through encouragement, coaxing, motivating, and persuading each other to be their very best in their sport or physical activity.
Participants will have an opportunity to hear from:
Liam Sheedy – Liam has over 25 years of experience of leading teams to outstanding results in both the corporate and sporting environments. He is one of Irish sport’s most successful leaders. Having played at the highest level, being best known for remarkable managerial success, leading his native Tipperary to an epic All-Ireland Final victory in 2010 before stepping away afterwards to concentrate on a banking career. He returned nine years later as manager of Tipperary and recaptured the title in his first year back at the helm. He has also won numerous awards, including Philips Manager of the Year and Volunteer in Sport.
A member of the board of Sport Ireland – the statutory authority tasked with the development of sport in Ireland – since 2013, He has chaired its High-Performance Committee and oversaw the development of a new strategy for Irish elite athletes and structures for the next 12 years. Liam is a member of the University of Limerick Sport (UL Sport) Board of Directors and served on GAA management committee for three years.
In addition to his outstanding managerial successes, Liam also has a longstanding history of volunteering and promoting with the GAA at grass roots level. Liam is father to two teenage girls and is heavily involved in their sporting lives.
Joanne O Riordan – Joanne has studied criminology in UCC and is only one of seven people in the world living with a rare physical disability known as Total Amelia. This means she was born without all four limbs and even though there is no medical explanation as to why this happened, Joanne or indeed her family has never allowed it to hold her back.
Joanne first gained attention for skipping school to confront then Taoiseach Enda Kenny about his proposed plan to reduce disability funding during his election. In April 2012, she spoke before the UN and challenged the body to create technology to help disabled people such as herself. She was named Young Person of the Year at the People of the Year awards in 2012. Joanne is an activist for people with disabilities, a motivational speaker and a sports columnist with The Irish Times. She appears in the 2013 documentary No Limbs No Limits.
She has used technology to enhance her abilities in both her education and through the wider social environment. She has conquered enormous challenges at home, in school and around her local community. Joanne adapted her life in such a way that it has given her both national and international acclaim. Joanne is now an example to all able bodied and disabled bodies to live very happy, independent, fulfilled lives.
Joanne has challenged the most advanced minds in the world to build her a robot that would become her hands and legs. The challenges she faces everyday get bigger and far greater to overcome.
Vikki Wall – Vikki became an All-Ireland winner with Meath in 2020 and was also named as the Intermediate Championship player of the year.
Vikki who is 22 years of age is currently in her final year of Business Studies in DCU. She has been a stalwart member of Meath Senior ladies since the darker days of 2015 – ringing players the day before playing Cork to today where Meath are Intermediate All Ireland champions.
Meath have returned to the Senior Ranks having played in 3 Intermediate All Ireland finals in a row, suffering heartbreak against Tyrone & Tipperary in 2019 & 2020 to come out on top against Westmeath in 2021.
Vikki has also been instrumental in her club, Dunboyne and their success in moving up through the ranks from being a junior club to now competing at senior level.
She recently opened up about the regular verbal abuse — related to her weight — she has been subjected to from the side line and stands while playing inter-county football.
Vikki, who was named Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year on TG4′s ladies football awards programme, used her winning interview to speak about her horrific experiences for the first time. She candidly detailed how, for several years, she and her family had to listen to regular insults about her during games.
Vikki is a fluent Irish speaker and has also done some punditry and analysis as part of TG4s coverage of gaelic games. She is one of the faces of the new Gaelic Games “Player Pathway” which is a new united approach to coaching and player development across the LGFA, GAA & the Camogie Association.
Nora Stapleton – Nora worked for six years as a GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) Games Promotional Officer with Ballinteer St Johns GAA club in Dublin. Her role involved coaching children day to day in schools and the club while also running GAA camps and coaching workshops.
In 2013 she joined the Irish Rugby Football Union as the Women’s and Girls Development Manager. This role carried a national remit and involved developing programmes and strategies to progress the growth of female rugby in the country.
In April 2019, she took up the role of Women in Sport Lead with Sport Ireland where her remit is to implement the Women in Sport Policy. This policy aims to increase female involvement across all areas of sport, from participation to visibility, coaching and officiating to leadership and governance. Nora’s role has a wide remit, liaising and working with each of the various Units within Sport Ireland as well as stakeholders such as the Local Sports Partnerships and the National Governing Bodies.
On the field, Nora played Intercounty Gaelic Football for Donegal winning two All-Ireland medals (2003 and 2010). She has national titles in soccer with UCD and competed in the UEFA knock out stages with them three years in a row. In 2017 she retired from International Rugby with 50 caps and participated in three Women’s Rugby World Cups. She was selected to play on the first ever Women’s Barbarian team in 2017. Nora is now a coach with Old Belvedere Rugby Football Club.
Rachael Flynn – Rachael has been involved in sport throughout her whole life; both as a player and a coach. Rachael first came into contact with Meath LSP when she was in transition year in secondary school in Loreto, Navan and participated in the Sports Leader Award. From that course, she volunteered as a buddy on one of Meath LSP`s disability programmes where she got the opportunity to assist in the roll out of activities to adults with a disability.
She attributes that experience with finding her niche and realising the joy she got from teaching people to be physically active. She continued to volunteer with Meath LSP and assisted with the wheelchair disability camps. Fast forward 10 or so years, and she is a qualified PE teacher, a tutor with Meath LSP and in the middle of completing a dissertation on Autism in Sport!
Rachael has a passion for physical activity and understands the importance and benefits of keeping active and the positive role in plays in the lives of young people, and people in the community. She has been involved with Meath LSP in the delivery of programmes such as Women on the move, Couch to 3k, CAMHS Learn to Run, Exercise for older adults and ‘Run, Jump, Throw’ for children.
Rachael portrays her involvement in the delivery of these programmes as been hugely rewarding for her, especially seeing people’s lives changing for the better through being physically active.
Lisa O Dowd – Lisa is a Sports Development Officer with Meath LSP. She is the Women in Sport Lead and is also responsible for School & Youth programmes.
Lisa has always had a passion for sport, in particular athletics and is a keen runner. She began her career in sport in 2003 as a Tutor with Meath LSP but as her children grew older, she knew she had more to offer and enrolled in a full-time degree course ‘Community and Youth Development’ in 2013. On completion she joined the Meath LSP team full time in 2019 and since then has been responsible for a variety of successful programmes.
With her passion for athletics she developed a 0-3k Walk to Jog programme which has since progressed into a Running Series and has seen over 800 participating within the last 12 months. Lisa is responsible for introducing new and innovative programmes for girls and women striving to pathways which will result in their continued participation in sport and physical activity.
Lisa believes that all women have a place in sport, regardless of age and ability. From participants to players and coaches/officials to management and parents to spectators. “We all have a part to play to ensure we belong and inspire other women to belong in sport”.
MC – Lisa Clancy
Lisa Clancy is an experienced strategic consultant, who holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin. She has over 25 years’ experience in leadership, communications, marketing, finance and stakeholder engagement from grassroots sports clubs to national governing bodies in Ireland and abroad in both the public and private sectors.
She works with sporting organisations to help them achieve their potential by developing strategic plans, implementing positive change and training leaders. A huge advocate of women in sport, she has co-designed and delivered Women in Sports Leadership programmes for 100 female leaders in 28 national sporting organisations , she also researched and co-produced recommendations for Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Strategy.
A Board Member of Paralympics Ireland and Chair of the Strategy Committee, she also works with organisations on leading positive change in areas such as equality and climate change. As the former Director of Communications for the GAA, she was responsible for all areas of communication at home and abroad and building a digital Association.
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