To celebrate International Women’s Day and the nationwide 20×20 campaign to promote women in sport – we have begun a new interview series.
This series of interviews has been conducted with a range of female sports stars in Laois.
We wanted to tell the stories behind much of these sports stars successes – from Olympians to All-Ireland winners, from those beginning their sporting careers to fully-fledged All-Stars.
Among the interviews we have lined up so far include:
- Tracey Lawlor – All-Ireland champion in 2001, four-time All Star winner and on TG4’s ‘Team of the Decade’
- Anne Keenan-Buckley – Irish Olympian at the 1988 Summer Olympics
- Nicole Turner – youngest Irish Paralympian at the 2014 Rio Games
- Kylie Murphy – captain of the treble winning Wexford Youths soccer side
- Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald – junior All-Ireland winner and former captain with Laois camogie
- Maeve Phelan – member of Irish U-18 basketball team
- Louise Mahony – Winner of three All-Ireland camogie club with The Harps titles and former Laois player
- Erone Fitzpatrick – Laois Ladies footballer and Leinster schools player of the year 2018
… And many more.
We aim to showcase the best competitors in their chosen discipline, asking them about what it takes to get there, and what they believe can help improve their sport.
The 20×20 campaign is about increasing the visibility of women’s sport in Ireland.
The targets for the campaign are:
- 20% more media coverage of women in sport by the end of 2020
- 20% more female participation whether at player, coach, referee or administration level by the end of 2020
- 20% more attendance at women’s games and events by the end of 2020
At LaoisToday, we are trying to constantly improve our coverage of women in sport since we began in 2017.
In 2018 we covered; fixture releases, team announcements, schools’ games, awards nights, captain’s interviews, guides to the games, club finals, Feiles, Leinster finals and we’re looking forward to carrying this into 2019 with more knowledge and experience than before.
Our ‘Women in Sport’ interviews will be published weekly, with one interview going every Friday for the forseeable future.