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2016 – a positive year for women’s sport in Ireland

2016 – a positive year for women’s sport in Ireland

More media coverage and a move away from typical stereotypes are all encouraging signs

A funny thing happened at a recent ‘women in sport’ conference in Dublin. . .not one person attacked the ‘mejia’ from the floor!

As a sportswriter it is usually wise to attend these events incognito, so this unprecedented development was enough to prompt me to whip off my false moustache and utter a polite “yahoo”.

Such conferences, however worthy, are often talking shops with few practical outcomes. When the debate is finally distilled to that single, key question – how to practically change things – the dreaded ‘mejia’ is usually rounded upon as the source of all ills.

Competitive women’s sport has a myriad of problems – high drop-out rates, small percentages of female coaches and administrators, tiny audiences and an inequity of sponsorship, pay and esteem.[…]

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