Bridge the Gap is an initiative set out by Canoeing Ireland and funded by Sport Ireland which aims to develop and promote women in all paddlesports across Ireland. To do this we have examined our 11 unique disciplines to find the areas which would need the most attention in order to grow our female participants numbers and grow the number of those women who will take on leadership roles. The best way to do this was to have a team of women to consult who have expert knowledge of their niche area. We have developed a group of 35 ambassadors for women’s paddling – with representatives from each discipline and corner of Ireland, including coaches, instructors, athletes, committee members, clubs, providers, inclusion coaches, university students and scouts.
If you have a suggestion or would like to discuss some developments for women and girls – have a look at your discipline’s ambassadors below and don’t hesitate to get in touch either directly or through our Women in Sport Lead, Emer at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get you connected. Click on the photos to find out more about each ambassador. We would love to hear about any projects you have been working on or any women’s achievements or your clubs!
To find out more about promoting and developing women in paddlesports, take a look at the info-graphics below, check out our latest Bridge the Gap article in FlowState Issue 7 – The Canoeing Ireland E-Zine, and have a look at the Women in Paddlesport News section to see any developments ad stories!