Regional Development Officer and Coordinator of Irish Sailing for the Women Gail MacAllister, on the Water Ireland (WOWI) program had a talk with Helen Cooney.
In her talk, she discussed about how the program is executed at the National Yacht Club (NYC).
The program WOWI was launched by the Irish Sailing in 2011 with an objective to create more opportunities for women to train, learn and compete on the water. After the introduction of this program, a number of women from all over the country have been introduced to sailing. And the only person who is heading this program is Helen Cooney; she is also a volunteer from the National Yacht Club (NYC).
Helen did not have any sailing background, but at the age of 14, she started sailing in a Mirror dinghy in Lough Derg Yacht Club. Form her experience only she is aware that this could be a great family sport.
Helen acted as the Junior Organiser in the NYC for many years; she worked as a physiotherapist and did a great job in bringing up the young families in the sailing. Still, she feels the need of women encouragement in the world of sailing and this made her to take the WOWI program.
She said, “Women sailing together built a great friendship and remain supportive of each other. Sailing in an all women’s environment is like a fun incomparable.”
She further added that, “Many women have got the bug and have participated in the club class competition all full of confidence. This has built a tremendous amount of confidence in them and now they love this sport.”
“The program has benefited a number of women of different age and it is continuously doing its work. I feel delighted that I am the part of this program.”