#WISWeek202 – Celebrating Women Coaches and Officials.

IABA’s Women in Sport Lead, Sophie Doolan, continuing Women in Sport Week in Boxing by celebrating women in coaching and officiating roles.

Women’s boxing in Ireland is 23 years old this year – the first women’s competitive bout took place on Hallowe’en night, 2001, between Katie Taylor and Alanna Nihell. It was officiated by Illes Golden Glove BC’s Sadie Duffy.

IABA is now home to over 400 women coaches, including coaches qualified at IBA 1 Star and 2 Star levels, as well as scores of women Referees and Judges. Around 35% of all club administrators are women.

IABA asked clubs to platform the women coaches and officials in their clubs as part of this celebration, and IABA has also platformed past participants in Women in Leadership programmes.

Women in Sport Week Events.

IABA’s Women in Sport Lead, Sophie Doolan, has developed a series of events in line with Sport Ireland’s WIS week pillars, including:

March 4th: High Performance – profiling some of the key women in High Performance Boxing

March 5th: Visibility – IABA will launch Phase Two of the Ringcraft programme on Tuesday.

March 6th – IABA will replatfom to clubs the keynote advice development by the Women in Leadership Group in 2022 to assist clubs in supporting women and girls in our sport.

March 7th – Coaching & Officiating. IABA has asked clubs to contribute to the highlighting of women coaches and officials in their club.

March 8th – International Women’s Day

*IABA’s National Secretary will share a keynote message with women of Irish Boxing

*IABA’s brand new Youth Leadership programme will open to expressions of interest from young women

*IABA Ulster will host a Try It! day for primary and secondary school students in Belfast.