Irish sportswomen have been breaking the mould for a very, very long time. In 1956, Maeve Kyle became our first female Olympian, and in 1978 rally driver Rosemary Smith broke the country’s land-speed record! Through the 1990s and 2000s we had world champions in Sonia O’Sullivan, Derval O’Rourke and Olive Loughnane, and more recently Katie Taylor, Kellie Harrington and Annalise Murphy have been among those who have put Irish sportswomen on the map. This book breaks the mould once more, as a first ever compendium of stories for children about our best contemporary sportswomen. With a fairytale touch, RTÉ’s Jacqui Hurley tells the stories of women who have proved that being a girl is not a barrier to sporting success. Each story is one of overcoming big challenges, and the role models celebrated here are sure to inspire the next generation of Irish sportswomen. Featuring twenty-five dazzling athletes, and with delightful drawings by five wonderful female Irish illustrators, Girls Play Too is a celebration of some of our brightest and best sporting stars, and of all that you can achieve if you try your best and never give up on your dreams. Jacqui Hurley is one of Ireland’s leading sports broadcasters. Originally from Cork, she represented Ireland in Basketball. In 2009 she became the first ever female anchor of Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio One. She presents daily sports bulletins on RTÉ’s Six One News and is also a regular anchor of RTÉ’s soccer coverage on television. She has worked with 20x20, a group working to increase participation in sports for girls and women.
Athletes featured (and their sport and where they hail from):
Illustrators: Sinead Colleran, Rachel Corcoran, Jennifer Farley, Jennifer Murphy, Lauren O’Neill.
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Date of Publication: 02/09/2020