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Successful Irish Females in Sports Break the Bias

“I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.”

Nadia Comaneci, five-time Olympic gold medalist

The captivating scenes we’ve witnessed over the past number of years, as some of our outstanding sporting heroines from across many sporting disciplines, showcase their talent and capability on the world stage. We have been surrounded by an elite group of Irish females excelling not only in team sports but also for so many, achieving individual performances breaking world records and achieving personal bests.

Our joy and sense of celebration as a nation has been profound right across all demographics of our population, as these pioneering females lead out their country with pride and integrity, breaking the bias of the past and bring into the sunlight our collective sense of pride and connection.

In the field of sports, it can take even more grit for females to succeed in an often male-dominated world. Female athletes and elite sportswomen aren’t just strong, they’re powerful. They smash barriers.

They believe and are driven by a passion to succeed and by doing so, they achieve new records and push the limits. They transcend sports to become game changers and champions for greater diversity and inclusion.

Our Irish female champions have been making an impact not only at European level but also at the world championships and the 2021 Olympics, as well as other international competitions, serving as leaders who are personally driven to accomplish and succeed in sports.

These women stand out as iconic beacons of inspiration and success when it comes to their contribution and achievements in sports. Today as we salute international women across the globe, we celebrate these outstanding females and acknowledge the often-challenging journey they have taken which paves the road for others in sport and other females everywhere.

Here they are, in no particular order.



















Kellie Harrington – Olympic boxing gold medallist

Katie Taylor – Two-weight world champion

Annalise Murphy – Olympic Silver medalist sailor

Sarah Lavin – National champion and Olympian in 60m/100m hurdles

Nadia Power – European U23 Bronze 800m Medallist 2019

Ellen Keane – Ireland’s youngest competing Paralympian swimmer, gold medallist in the 100m breaststroke at 2021’s Paralympics in Tokyo

Sanita Puspure – 2x Olympian, Double European & World Champion at rowing

Rachael Blackmore – the first female top jockey at Cheltenham and the first female Aintree Grand National winner

Eve McCrystal & Katie-George Dunlevy – Gold Paralympic medalists in Para Cycling

As we witness them Break the Bias, their success is driving change and a culture of inclusiveness, not only demonstrated out on the track and pitch where they perform, but it’s evident too in many other ways including their coaching and representative bodies.

This forward looking culture will continue to safeguard our sporting elite and ensure they are surrounded by positive and empowering crews. Championing an inclusive and diverse mindset it will continue to nurture future champions to believe that they can and be given the opportunity and support to make it possible.

Voltedge Management

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