Women in Triathlon Leadership Seminar

Women in Sport Leadership Conference 2017

Background

Since its inception, triathlon has been a sport that has treated both genders equally. Internationally, triathlon is the only summer Olympic sport with a female president, while women earn equal prize money at international and domestic triathlon competitions.

Domestically, Triathlon Ireland has an excellent female membership rate of 35% - far above that of similar sporting organisations. Ireland's most successful triathlete of all time, Aileen Reid has for almost a decade served as a role model of sporting excellence for athletes of both genders.

Issues

But while female participation in triathlon in Ireland has grown rapidly in recent years, at a leadership level women remain critically unrepresented.

In 2016, women made up just 10% of Triathlon Ireland board members, 10% of club chairs, 20% of technical officials and 24% of accredited triathlon coaches.

Solutions

The Women in Triathlon Leadership Seminar aims to address these shortcomings and devise concrete actions to increase the numbers of women in positions of influence within our sport.

The event will consist of a panel discussion, chaired by Marie Crowe and featuring the president of Swim Ireland Mary Dunne, Sinead Donovan of Grant Thornton, the chair of Belpark Triathlon Club Helen French and TI Board and ITU Constitution Committee member Aoife Nash.

Following the panel discussion, a conversation will be opened to all participants to allow them share their views on how the level of female leadership in triathlon can be increased.

Event Details

The seminar is free and open to all TI members and will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown on April 1st at 10am (immediately before the TI AGM at the same location).

In order to allow us gauge numbers please register in advance by clicking on this link