IUA Future of Ireland Webinar: Ensuring the Success of our Female Student Athletes - 12th April 2021

On Monday April 12th, ahead of the rescheduled Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer, IUA welcomed a group of student athletes and sport and academic experts to discuss, Ensuring the Success of our Female Student Athletes.

Keynote speaker Anna Geary and our panellists debated the current status of women in sport and the tangible actions needed by universities and sport organisations to fulfil the potential of each athlete.

Host Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh led two panel discussions over the course of the webinar.

  1. A student focused panel featuring three high-level students athletes, Paralympic athlete Mary FitzGerald, Irish Rugby International Kathryn Dane and Irish 400m Athlete Sophie Becker.
  2. A group of experts across university sport and external voices, including Nora Stapleton of Sport Ireland, Ken Robinson of DCU, Michelle Millar of NUI Galway and our keynote speaker Anna Geary.

More information on each of our guests is available below.

Keynote Speaker & Host

Keynote Speaker - Anna Geary

Name and Title: Keynote Speaker - Anna Geary
Former Cork Camogie Captain, Performance Coach & Broadcaster

Host - Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh

Name and Title: Host - Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh
Broadcaster, Performance Coach and Sport Psychologist

Student Athlete Panel

Mary FitzGerald

Name and Title: Mary FitzGerald
Paralympic Athlete & UCC Student

Kathryn Dane

Name and Title: Kathryn Dane
Irish International Rugby Player & Trinity College Dublin PhD Student

Sophie Becker

Name and Title: Sophie Becker
400m Athletics Athlete & DCU Student

Sport Expert Panel

Ken Robinson

Name and Title: Ken Robinson
CEO of DCU Sport, Dublin City University

Nora Stapleton

Name and Title: Nora Stapleton
Women in Sport Lead, Sport Ireland

Michelle Millar

Name and Title: Michelle Millar
Dean of Students, NUI Galway