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‘Visibility of Female Athletes Is Something We Didn’t Have Growing Up..I Didn’t Know Women Played Rugby’

As a professional rugby player, incredible overall athlete and educator, Eimear Considine is dedicated to increasing access to opportunities for  young people and inciting a lifelong passion for movement and sport.  

She has had a varied career playing football and camogie, but much to her surprise she found her way to rugby in 2016. Interestingly, when she speaks of her childhood on Her Sport TV with Niamh Tallon, she doesn’t recall being that athletically inclined, but remembers partaking in several sports with her siblings and community. 

Sports were always on TV in Considine’s home. But even with the seemingly consistent sports coverage as a young woman she was unaware that women played professional rugby due to the lack of mainstream coverage of the sport.

She is adamant that “just because you don’t win a gold or silver medal in the Olympics doesn’t mean that you don’t warrant airtime or coverage.” This coverage is essential to providing young girls with role models and it allows them to envision themselves playing that sport one day.    

As a passionate teacher she is aware that “it is not just about sport role models. There’s a lot of different role models and it’s changing the perception of the world for young girls.” 

Heartened by the rise in visible female heroes in tech, sciences and other traditionally underrepresented fields, she admires the revisions and hopes they continue to unfold into the future.

Working as an educator in PE and Irish, allowing young girls and boys to have access to a variety of sports and experiences so that they have the tools and diverse experiences at their disposal to choose and shape their future is of the upmost importance to Considine.

Eimear Considine promoting the Tackle Your Feelings app. Source: Dan Sheridan, INPHO.

In her interview with Niamh Tallon she states “the most important thing that we do is try to have a curriculum that allows everyone to at least have one good thing that they enjoy or that they are good or feel good at.” The diversity in instruction and curriculum is critical to inspiring and motivating girls and boys to pursue sports at whatever level they desire.       

With the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic Considine is concerned that “in a few years we will have a gap” in participation in sports. “We won’t have 5th and 6th years playing sports because they won’t have gotten into the habit of coming and training with us, building relationships with us as coaches, even the fun days out or the away games where we might get to go to McDonalds if we win. They won’t have had those fun enjoyable moments.”  However, she is hopeful that when life does slowly become accommodating of in person and team activities students will be excited to jump into sports and the community that it inherently provides.         

Dive more into Eimear Considine’s story, her comments on the coming rugby games and education on Her Sport TV here.    

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