More than 300 women take part in its outdoor week in Wicklow

HER Outdoor events were held across the county to encourage more women to get outside and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.

volleyball, boating, hiking and sea swimming are just some of the activities that took place during Outdoor Week, which ran from Monday August 8th to Sunday August 14th.

Denise O’Shea, Sports Development Manager for Wicklow Sports Partnership, was delighted with how the week went after attending paddleboarding activities at Brittas Bay.

She said: “Over 25 women have participated in the paddleboard lessons. We had good weather and the sea was like glass. We had also hoped to go surfing but there were just no waves. We had three time slots which were all full.

“Overall, over 300 women participated in Her Outdoors and we organized many activities such as canoeing, mountaineering, hiking, wellness walks, social cycles, archery bow and horseback riding.”

The first ever HER Outdoors Week took place in August 2021, and Sports Ireland and Wicklow Sports Partnership have been keen to build on that success by delivering a more comprehensive program of events for 2022.

Denise added: “Rowing at the Bray Rowing Club proved particularly popular and over 20 women took part in two time slots. Archery also proved very popular and took place at the Alive Outdoor Adventure Center in Kilruddery. Now we hope to get in touch with local clubs and improve the offers available.

“Sports Ireland ran things last year and we ran 14 events in County Wicklow. This year we’ve launched our own outdoor events for 2022 which we hope to continue. We’ve had a number of events tasting in our program that we aim to form a program around to get more women active and involved in sports and outdoor activities.

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