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Donegal native Nora Stapleton to be Women in Sport leader

Nora Stapleton (centre) alongside other members of the Ireland Women's rugby team at the 2014 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final in Croke Park.

DONEGAL native Nora Stapleton has been appointed as the new Sport Ireland 'Women in Sport Lead'.

The 35-year-old from Fahan has excelled at ladies football, soccer, and rugby, making 50 appearances for Ireland in that last code and winning two Women's Six Nations championships.

Nora will leave her current position as the IRFU Women's and Girls Rugby Development Manager to take up the position with Sport Ireland later this month.

Sport Ireland recently launched its new policy on Women in Sport. One of the key actions of the policy is the appointment of a Women in Sport Lead to act authoritatively and strategically to develop and promote women and girl’s involvement in sport.

Commenting on the appointment, Nora Stapleton said: “While sorry to be leaving Irish Rugby after six years and the many great people I've had the privilege of working with and for, I'm excited by the new opportunity and challenges that lie ahead.

"I look forward to working with Sport Ireland, the National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships to continue to build on the significant work that has already been undertaken in this area within the sport sector to date, recognising the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of women through their involvement in sport”.

Lynne Cantwell, Chairperson of the Women in Sport Steering Committee commented: “The rationale behind the recently published Sport Ireland Policy on Women in Sport is to provide a blueprint for the organisation’s future work in the area of women in sport. I welcome Nora and wish her the best in her new role and look forward to the implementation process of this ambitious policy”.

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