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Poll reveals major differences in how men and women view women in sport

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by Adam Moynihan

A new survey conducted by the Killarney Advertiser has revealed striking differences in the ways that men and women view women’s current standing in sport.

The poll, which was carried out online to mark Women in Sport Week, found that 91% of women feel that professional male and female athletes should get equal pay, compared to just 26% of men.

When asked to expand on their answers, many of the male respondents said that pay should be commensurate to the revenue generated by the teams/leagues in question. “More people interested in men’s sport means more revenue because of the men. Why should females get a share of this?” one man asked.

On the other side of the argument, a woman noted: “They’re playing the same sport, in the same environment, putting in the same commitment and time. Why shouldn’t the pay be the same?”

Q: Should professional female athletes get paid the same amount as professional male athletes?

Women: Yes 91% | No 9%

Men: Yes 26% | No 74%

When asked if they believe that equality exists between men and women in sport, the majority of respondents, male and female, said that they do not (90%). However, there were significant discrepancies between males and females within that percentage.

Just 0.2% of the women who took our poll said that equality does exist, compared with 21% of men.

Q: Do you feel as though equality exists between men and women in sport?

Women: Yes 0.2% | No 99.8%

Men: Yes 21% | No 79%

There are also major differences in how men and women view media coverage. Just 15% of women said that women’s sport gets a fair amount of media coverage, compared with 57% of men.

Q: Do you think that women's sport gets a fair amount of coverage in the media?

Women: Yes 15% | No 85%

Men: Yes 57% | No 43%

The issue of trans inclusion has been in the news recently as the LGFA adopted a policy that will allow trans women to play the sport, subject to conditions. Girls aged 12-15 will need to provide medical confirmation that they are transitioning while players aged 16 and over must provide records that show that their testosterone levels are at or below the required number.

Our survey indicates that the majority of our readers are against the policy. Over half (56%) of women said they are not in favour with almost three-quarters (74%) of men stating likewise. Over twice as many women (27% versus 12%) said they are still undecided on the issue.

Q: Do you agree with the LGFA's new policy on trans inclusion?

Women: Yes 17% | No 56% | Undecided 27%

Men: Yes 14% | No 74% | Undecided 12%

The one thing that both men and women appear to agree on is the direction that women’s sport is headed. Roughly six out of seven (86%) of our respondents said that things are getting better for women in sport, with the remaining 14% stating that things are staying the same.

None of the people who took the survey (0%) said that things are getting worse for women in sport.

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Kerry ladies must bounce back at home to Waterford

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All-Ireland Senior Championship Group 2

Kerry v Waterford

Saturday 3pm

Fitzgerald Stadium

The Kerry ladies will be looking to get back to winning ways against Waterford on Saturday following last weekend’s frustrating draw against Donegal in Ballybofey.

The Kingdom led with seconds remaining in treacherous conditions but a late Donegal free snatched a draw for the home side (Donegal 1-6 Kerry 0-9). It was a game that Kerry would have been expecting to win and the result puts a lot more pressure on them this weekend as they try to top the three-team group and earn a home quarter-final.

If they beat Waterford and Donegal do likewise next week, Kerry and Donegal will be level in first place on four points each. The top seed will then be decided by the head-to-head record between the teams. As Kerry v Donegal was a draw, the deciding factor will be whoever scored the most points in that draw. That would be good news for Kerry as they scored nine points to Donegal’s six.

When Kerry and Waterford last met (in this year’s Munster Championship), Kerry needed a late winner by Fiadhna Tangney to prevail by narrowest of margins (1-8 to 1-7). If Waterford beat Kerry and then lose to Donegal, Kerry would be eliminated from the championship.

The Kerry squad has been boosted by the return of Síofra O’Shea who came off the bench against Donegal following a lengthy period out with a knee injury.

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US-bound Kerry runner Lynch hopes to emulate Mageean magic

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by Adam Moynihan

Killarney middle distance runner Oisín Lynch is taking inspiration from newly crowned European 1500m champion Ciara Mageean as he gets set for the next stage of his career in the United States.

This week Lynch confirmed that he will be heading Stateside after accepting a scholarship at Adams State University in Colorado. The promising 800m and 1500m competitor caught the eye of coaches at the leading American college after representing Ireland in the Youth Olympics and also by winning two national titles in recent months.

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser, the 18-year-old Killarney Valley AC athlete, who is currently doing his Leaving Cert at St Brendan’s College, says he one day hopes to emulate Mageean’s heroics on the international stage.

“The Irish are on the up at underage and at senior level,” Lynch notes. “We have been improving a lot in recent years. When you see Ciara Mageean winning the 1500m it just shows that it can be done by Irish people.

“Sometimes Irish athletes don’t really believe in themselves when they’re getting knocked out of championships by English or European athletes. Mageean winning that European title is definitely something to drive me on. It shows that I can actually do it.”

DREAM

For Lynch, moving to the United States is a hugely significant step, and one that he has dreamed about making since he was a child.

“It’s unbelievable. I always hoped I could earn a scholarship. I worked hard over the last few years, so it’s nice to see that work paying off.

“I had a few schools onto me but when Adams State got in touch, I sized it up and I knew it was a really good opportunity.

“The fact that the college is at 7,500 feet… That’s a crazy altitude. It’s double the height of Carrauntoohil. Altitude training has massive benefits for distance running and nowadays nearly every pro spends most of their year training at altitude. The chance to get that training for the next couple of years is great.

“And their athletics programme is unbelievable. Coach Damon Martin has been there for 40 years and he has coached 12 Olympians. Adams State is in the top 15 for distance in the country and the standard out there in America is very high.”

STRIDES

Killarney Valley AC have made enormous strides since building their new, state-of-the-art facility in 2020 and Lynch is a grateful beneficiary of that progress.

“I can’t thank the club enough. Going back a couple of years we were training on grass in parks. When you want to be a track runner, it’s just not the same. After a lot of hard work by a lot of good people, we managed to get a 200-metre track in Killarney. That’s massive for us and it’s all we need for training.

“The coaches down there are putting in the hard work, including my dad (Con), Tomás Griffin, Jean Courtney, Jerry Griffin, Bríd Stack, Alan Delaney… I could go on. It’s a great club and there are some good athletes coming through. It’s an exciting time for Killarney Valley.”

After Lynch completes his Leaving Cert, he will start preparing for life as a college athlete. He will study kinesiology in Colorado and on the track he hopes to keep on moving in the right direction. That means getting his times down (his current PBs are 1.50.59 over 800m and 3.51 over 1500m), representing Ireland, and hopefully winning a national title in America.

“Obviously I’ll take every step as it comes,” the ambitious Kerryman says, “but the Olympics is the main long-term target, hopefully in LA in 2028.”

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