Gender Has No Limit – A Female GAA Writer

 

Throughout the years women have struggled to get the same opportunities as men in sports.                    

 In recent times amazing women have came through in different industries, inspiring girls all over the worlds to realise gender has no limits in the sports industry.

One of  the reasons I created this blog was to share my love for Mayo GAA but it was also to try and follow in the footsteps of inspiring women like Jacqui Hurley, Evanne  Ni Chuilinn, Joanne Cantwell, Angelina Nugent who have grown to be the leading ladies in sports journalism in this country.

If we didn’t have these women flying the flag in sports journalism where would we be really.

This past week the world got to witness history when Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Grand National and one phrase that was frequently said was the younger generation being able to say ” I want to do that”.

You know that is exactly what I think when you see what these women achieve and don’t let their gender get in the way of their achievements.

Ever since my interest in GAA began I would always be honest about my feelings about the recent Mayo matches or the latest stories in the sports world and I would do anything to be in a conversation about sports.
When I was in school I was known as that crazy sports fan who would never shut up about sport and the old me used to want to hide my passion in order to fit in with the people in my year.
This blog has been up for nearly 4 months now and I can proudly say that members of the Mayo panel have read my work and I don’t have to be afraid of hiding my passion for sports just to please others.
Especially in the world of sports journalism there is an incredible variety of amazing journalists/presenters both male and female who are paving an incredible path for the future journalists in sports.
Ever since I created this blog I have got frequent messages about how great it is to see a new voice in GAA journalism but especially a female voice.
In January 2020 one thing I’ll never forget was when my former English teacher laughed at the idea of people of my age starting a blog and damaged my confidence saying I wasn’t doing well in English but hey look at me now 6000 views in 4 months, readers in 20 different countries and my work being read by members of the Mayo men’s senior panel.
We are extremely lucky to be witnessing such ground breaking moments in women’s history and its safe to say this is only the beginning.
I’ll never be able to thank the amazing women like Jacqui Hurley, Joanne Cantwell, Eavan Ni Chuilinn, Angelina Nugent for just making people like me believe hey maybe I can do that.
To think of what my love for Mayo has bought me in 4 months, its exciting to think what will be achieved in 2/3 years to come.
I couldn’t be happier to be able to witness amazing women break down the doors of gender stereotypes and become inspirations for the future generation.
    In years to come I cant wait to see  more history being made by incredible and I hope I’ll be able to even be a bit similar to the amazing women who don’t let their gender push them back in the crazy world of sports journalism/presenting in Ireland.
 
” A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks that others have thrown to her”
 

 

 

Chloe Lynch

I'm Chloe Lynch a GAA journalist from County Mayo.
I've been writing for over a year, some of you might know me best as The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA.
My main goal while writing is to give back to the players within the GAA.
I have had my work read by members of the Mayo panel.
I hope you enjoy this blog as I share my passion for GAA with you.

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Niall

Great piece as always. Keep it up.

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