Northern Ireland

Shane Lowry to raise awareness of women's sport at Irish Open

Shane Lowry announced he is backing the 20x20 campaign
Shane Lowry announced he is backing the 20x20 campaign

GOLFER Shane Lowry is to show his support for women's sports at the Irish Open in Co Antrim this week.

The Co Offaly man announced he is backing the 20x20 campaign in a bid to ensure his daughter Iris is given the same opportunities as boys her age.

The father-of-one said he will wear the movement's logo on his shirt at the tournament at Galgorm Castle this week, in lieu of his sponsor Immedis.

The 20x20 movement aims to create a cultural shift in the perception of girls and women in sport.

"Sport has always been something special for me," Lowry said.

"Not only has it given me a livelihood, but it has also given me tremendous pleasure both when playing it and watching it.

"No matter what my daughter, Iris, does in the future, I hope that she gets the same enjoyment from sport that I have.

"I want her to have role models, and I want more than anything for her to have the same opportunities that boys would have."

The 2019 Open winner also spoke about how the birth of his daughter "kinda gave me a new lease of life".

"I'm not going to be great every day, but the one thing I'm going to do is I'm going to get up every morning and try to be the best golfer, the best father and the best husband I can be," he said.

Ruairi Kelleher from Immedis added: "As a father of a daughter it is something I am extremely passionate about and while our action is very simple, we hope that the impact can leave a significant legacy".