Time to Turn the Spotlight on Ireland's Female Athletes
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From athletics to hockey to Gaelic Games, it’s been a summer where female athletes have been at the fore. Lighting up tracks, screens and pitches at national and international level. Their presence and success has been remarkable.
The RTÉ Player are launching a highly compelling five part mini-series which documents the journey of five female Irish athletes in their chosen sports called ‘We Run The World’.
It will capture the highs and lows and the personal challenge of balancing everyday life with the sacrifices of training for big national and international competitions.
Each episode will feature one athlete, their story, their sport, their life, giving viewers a chance to get to know them, who they are and what they are about.
Orla Walsh has risen through the ranks of cycling at remarkable pace. She only took up the sport in 2016 and over the last week has pulled on the green jersey and represented Ireland at the European Championships. The 29-year-old is a regular on national podiums. Her cycling journey is just getting started.
The spotlight has been fully focused on the journey the Ireland women’s hockey team went on at the Hockey World Cup and Nicci Daly was a leading light for the team as they claimed the silver medal, losing to the Netherlands in the final. Daly splits her time between Ireland and America where she works as a data engineer with the Indianapolis-based Juncos Racing Team.
Limerick Camogie star Sarah Carey is a busy young mother. The 25-year-old has just finished her social care degree at Limerick IT and has spent the summer playing for her county and looking after her young son Nicky. Her boyfriend Tom Condon also plays for the Limerick, their evenings are especially busy with training but they make it work. Her club Granagh Ballingarry are the county champions and Carey is on a mission to ensure they defend their title.
Phil Healy is an International sprinter, currently in action at the European championships. The 23-year old recently relocated to Waterford to train with Shane McCormack and her commitment paid off this summer when she broke the 100 and 200 metre Irish records.
Tipperary football captain Samantha Lambert guided her team to National League glory this season and as well as being a leader on the field she was one off it too. Early in the year they lost one of their team-mates Rachel Kenneally to cancer, it was a difficult time for all involved and it required Lambert to be immensely strong from those around her. This year Tipperary soldiered in senior championship and are hoping to secure their spot at the top table once more.