Limerick's Rebecca Noonan and Caoimhe Sheils of Kildare
LAST October 20×20 was launched in a bid to ‘creating a cultural shift’ in the perception of girls and women in sport’.
According to the 20×20 website, ‘the initiative seeks to change the subliminal bias in the Irish psyche that exists around girls and boys, or women and men, when it comes to sport. The name of the initiative is shorthand for 20% by 2020’.
There are three main targets – 20% more media coverage of women in sport by the end of 2020, 20% more female participation whether at player, coach, referee or administration level by the end of 2020 and 20% more attendance at women’s games and events by the end of 2020.
Prior to that, February 2018, the GAA, Camogie Association and Ladies Gaelic Football Association signed an agreement to strengthen the links between the organisations.
All positive steps for women in sport and especially camogie and ladies football.
Over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend – there were four inter-county fixtures for Limerick .
Remarkably, all four fixtures clashed – hardly helping the participation or attendance levels!
The Lidl Ladies Football League semi final against Fermanagh and the Littlewoods Ireland Division Three Camogie League Final were direct clashes on Saturday at 1pm – forcing dual player Katie Heelan to chose between the fixtures.
Bad enough for that clash.
But Limerick also played in the All-Ireland minor camogie semi final on Saturday in Gort at 3pm. That’s two important games for the association and not possible to attend the two full games.
Ladies Football was similar – in Mungret at 12.30 on Saturday was a Munster U-16 semi final against Clare. Again, two important games for the association and not possible to attend the two games.
At February's GAA Congress, Motion 18 granted camogie and ladies football a representative on the GAA's Management Committee and Central Council and hopefully this on the back of the other initiatives lead to more co-operation.