Star-studded Game Changers virtual event for NI women in sport

A virtual Game Changers NI event will today celebrate women and girls who are changing the game for women’s sport throughout Northern Ireland, ahead of Sunday's International Day of the Girl.

Aimed at anyone who is interested in sport, the Game Changers NI event will allow those taking part to learn from experts and sports women who are at the top of their game.

Some of the leading female sports stars involved in today's initiative include hockey international Katie Mullan; soccer ace Simone Magill and rugby star Claire McLaughlin.

They will be joined in today's 5pm Q&A session by former Tyrone GAA ladies football captain Gemma Begley and if you think you have a mountain to climb to achieve sporting success then the first NI woman to scale Everest, Hannah Shields, is perfectly placed to answer your questions.

Those attending will also have the chance to field their questions on topics as diverse as the best approach to post-training recovery to dealing with body-issues.

Presented by Electric Ireland, the sponsor for women’s and girls’ football at every level across Northern Ireland, the Game Changers NI event will take an in-depth look into how nutrition, psychology and changing attitudes towards women’s sport are driving females to get involved.

“This event really is perfect for anyone interested in sport no matter what background, said Anne Smyth, Electric Ireland Sponsorship Lead in Northern Ireland.

''They will get ideas for pre-match recipes, an insight into how their mental wellbeing can affect their performance and the chance to ask five key sports women questions on how they have reached their goals and some of the challenges they have faced along the way.

''We are very excited about the event. It will allow us to take the Game Changers movement a step further to bring together all women and girls in Northern Ireland who are interested in sport and celebrate their achievements”

The event will be live on from 4pm today.

Full running order: Today, Friday October 9

4pm: Cooking Demo from Tony O'Neill and Jen Curran, who own Tony & Jen's cafe on Belfast's Lisburn Road

4.30pm: Sports Nutrition Seminar & Q&A with Jane McClenaghan from Vital Nutrition

5pm: Q&A with some of the leading NI Female Sports stars: International hockey player Katie Mullan; NI Senior Women’s team player Simone Magill; International rugby player Claire McLaughlin; former Tyrone ladies football captain and WGPA’s Gemma Begley and the first NI woman to scale Everest, Hannah Shields.

6pm: Performance Psychology Session & Q&A with Kelley Faye, a leading performance psychologist who has worked with Ulster Rugby, British Para Snow Sports and Team Ireland to name but a few.