How Gender Equality can provide the Winning Margin

World Athletics and Athletics Ireland are delighted to announce an upcoming webinar  ‘How Gender Equality Can Provide The Winning Margin’.

There will be two webinars to ensure all time zones are catered for.

These webinars will take place on the 10th of February at 9 – 10.30am and 3 – 4.30pm.

This workshop is FREE and registered participants will be sent a Zoom link prior to the workshop.

Registration for this workshop can be done by clicking the following link –  How Gender Equality Can Provide The Winning Margin


10th of February

Time : 9-10.30 am & 3-4.30pm

In this session, Leanne Norman will explore how inclusive leadership and coaching workforces in athletics can provide wider organisational success, efficiency, and effectiveness. Fairer and equitable working cultures not only benefit individuals within our athletics systems but can also improve the way we work as federations. In this talk, she will reflect on current individual and organisational thinking towards issues of diversity and inclusion and explore a different approach to addressing these. She will turn our attention away from ‘fixing women’, to ‘fixing systems’ to adopt a more holistic, longer lasting, and sustainable approach to tackling the age-old issue of gender inequality in athletics coaching and governance.

This will be followed by a presentation from Lilly-Ann O’Hora, the Women in Sport Officer with Athletics Ireland who will talk about how she identified current gaps and future opportunities for women in sport and the programmes devised to increase women’s sustained involvement in sport as coaches, volunteers, club members, athletes, advocates, leaders and participants from grassroots to the podium.


Professor Leanne Norman

Professor Leanne Norman is Director of the Research Centre for Social Justice in Sport & Society in the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University, UK. She is an internationally recognised researcher for her work within the area of gender equity and issues of diversity and inclusion related to sports coaching, sports leadership, and organisations.

Lilly-Ann O’Hora

Lilly-Ann O’Hora is the Women in Sport Officer with Athletics Ireland. She is responsible for devising and implementing Athletics Ireland’s Women in Sport strategic plan, with the hope of delivering the federations women in sport objectives in four key area: Coaching and Officiating, Active Participation, Leadership and Governance, and Visibility.


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