Jade Wheatley from Australia taking part in the Bali Adaptive Pro, an international contest for surfers with disabilities, at Canggu beach on Indonesia’s resort island in  September, 2019. Photograph: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP via Getty Images

Adaptive surfing has taken off around the world and is on the list for future Paralympics

Shelmaliers’ Brian  and Glen Malone (centre) celebrate  the Wexford SHC Final victory over Naomh Éanna at   Wexford Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

After winning a county hurling title with his club, Malone is back on the football beat

  Washington Mystics players  each wear white T-shirts with seven bullets on the back protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Photograph: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The recent shooting of Jacob Blake brought an incredible response from US athletes

During sports like swimming you can quite easily get into an induced panic stage just from your breath. Photograph:  Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Breathing expert Eoin Burns on why learning to breathe through your nose is key

 Tipperary’s dual star Orla O’Dwyer will once again kit out for the Brisbane Lions. Photograph:  Chris Hyde/Getty Images

So many Irish women footballers are joining the AFLW, it must be doing something right

‘You gotta get ’em up there, girls!’: Tampax’s banned Tampons & Tea television advert

Joanne O’Riordan: Orreco and Dr Georgie Bruinvels are changing attitudes

Shelbourne take on Waterford at Tolka Park - you can stream the rest of the League of Ireland season for €55. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A wealth of sport is available on the internet but once again women have been left behind

Players are following the rules but delighted to be back as GAA season resumes. File photograph: Inpho

Joanne O’Riordan: Killarney Legion GAA club give an insight into the new normal

 Amy Rodriguez  of Utah Royals FC beats  Nichelle Prince  of the Houston Dash to the ball  during the second half in the quarter-final match of the NWSL Challenge Cup at Zions Bank Stadium  in Herriman, Utah. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

It’s been far from plain sailing but could provide blueprint into what sport will look like

Sarah Colgan, cofounder of the 20x20 initiative: ‘What 20x20 wants to give everybody is a big hug and the opportunity to experience the gift of being active.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joanne O’Riordan: Why aren’t we exercising more? 'No Proving, Just Moving' explained

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (right) watches his team play in a simulated game before the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball  season at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on Monday. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

We’re all eager to get back to our sports, but it takes just one outbreak and it’s game over

Michelle Finn at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar in September 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Cork steeplechaser is determined to get over the hurdles and qualify for Tokyo

Joanne and Steven O’Riordan

Joanne O’Riordan: My own brother’s story is a heartfelt plea for inclusivity in the game

Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in February. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Most with vested interests in big fights are happy to ignore anything that could harm them

Quarterback  Jimmy Garoppolo  of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during  Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium  in Miami at the start of February. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The former sports journalist has seen plenty of changes at one of America’s biggest teams

US president Barack Obama holds a jersey while posing for a picture during an event to honour the Minnesota Lynx team for its 2015 WNBA championship victory, in the East Room at the White House in June , 2016. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

League changed its stance and got behind the movement after initially fining clubs and players

‘Effectively, wipe your mind of everything but where you want the ball to go,’ says Bob Rotella. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Renowned psychologist speaks about his work and getting through lockdown

Fans watching the FA Women’s Super League match between Spurs and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 17th, 2019 in London. Photograph: Kate McShane/Getty Images

Women’s game has to accept financial instability and that it is different to men’s game

 Real Betis coach Rubi wearing a face mask while observing players from a balcony during a training session at the Luis del Sol training ground in Seville. Photograph:  Fernando Ruso/Real Betis/AFP via Getty Images

Putting my wants ahead of those who find themselves compromised is a bit of a tall ask

Cork senior football captain Doireann O’Sullivan is taking part in a virtual skills challenge to raise money for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Players are finding new ways to make a difference in these uncertain times

 Phil Neville gave us soundbites for years to come throughout last summer’s Women’s World Cup. Photograph: PA

Joanne O’Riordan: England women’s manager was outspoken but tactics were lacking

Sergi Roberto of Barcelona scores their sixth goal past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp of PSG during the 2017 Champions League Round of 16 second leg match at Camp Nou. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan: Picking one was impossible so I’ve divided it into men and women

Joanne O’Riordan: Picking one was impossible so I’ve divided it into men and women

Kely Nascimento-DeLuca with her father Pelé. Photograph: Courtesy of Kely Nascimento-DeLuca

In new film, Pelé’s daughter looks at the myriad challenges facing women in football

Conor Keane of Killarney Legion takes a free during the Kerry SFC final replay against South Kerry in November 2015. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

I have rediscovered my ability at heading a ball during quarantine

Why am I so selfish when so many are going through so much

Joanne O’Riordan: ‘I’m not saying yoga is absolutely for everyone. But in two of my greatest times of need, it has definitely gotten me out of a hole.’ Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

‘My one constant is the 20 minutes of stretching and breathing every day’

Aoife Murray: over 18 season’s as Cork senior goalkeeper she  embraced her position and raised it to an incredible standard while winning every honour in the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork goalkeeper continually drove standards during a long successful career

Nneka Ogwumike: The WNBPA president spearheaded negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan: Ireland can learn a lesson in how to chip way at gender equality

Aine O’Gorman: Peamount United star has won 100 caps and scored 13 goals since making her debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2006. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Vastly experienced international eager to help the Republic’s qualification bid

Mo Farah: Apparently Mo has trouble hearing, trouble remembering, has problems filling out his whereabouts forms, goes to the wrong country. Photograph: Kamil Jrzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images)

The debacle UK Athletics and Ukada find themselves in is farcical and nonsensical

Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes has noted a link between her players’ being on their periods and a dip in performance. Photograph: Getty Images

Chelsea involved in training programme linking all sessions to the menstrual cycle

Leona Maguire finished tied for fourth in Australia. Photograph: Stacy Revere/Getty

Staging concurrent events with the men’s tour can help broaden the appeal of the game

Waterford’s Caoimhe McGrath shoots on goal under pressure from Cork’s Saoirse McCarthy and Libby Coppinger during the Littlewoods League clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.  Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Increased physicality in the game will be attractive for both players and spectators

Slaughtneil’s Aoife Cassidy in action against St Martin’s in the All-Ireland senior camogie club  final in Croke Park last March. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Word ‘unreal’ is very apt when discussing success and legacy of teams from Derry village

Orla Finn of Cork faces off Rachel Ruddy of Dublin. Both teams are gearing up for this year’s season of women’s football. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

This year is going to be another year of development for the Cork squads

The German soccer team giving a  Nazi salute at the Berlin Olympic games in 1936. Photograph:  Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

They've money to dry their tears, but they also have a platform. Some are not afraid to speak

Cora Staunton: warned last year about the imminent drain of top intercounty talent to Australia. Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Australian option is attractive – especially if our GAA/LGFA can’t provide the basics

Killarney Legion’s James O’Donoghue with Joanne O’Riordan after victory in the Dr O’ Donoghue Cup. Photograph: Killarney Legion Twitter account

There were tears of joy from fans and players after the unthinkable was achieved

United States forward Megan Rapinoe  might have made my top 10 list when it comes to influence and inspiration, but my winner was Julie Ertz or Lucy Bronze. Photograph: Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan: Awards are just popularity contests for the players who have a profile

Dublin’s Lyndsey Davey and Sarah Fagan celebrate winning the senior football All–Ireland in Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

We cannot rely solely on inspiration from the top teams to lift the standards below

 Saki Kumagai of Olympique Lyonnais and Veronica Boquete of PSG in action. Vero moved to PSG after criticising the conditions  of the women’s game in Spain. Photograph:   Matthew Ashton/AMA/Getty Images

Spain’s FA, players’ association must put past conflicts behind them to strike pay deal

Republic of Ireland head coach Vera Pauw and assistant coach Eileen Gleeson stand for the anthems ahead of the  Uefa Women’s European Championship qualifier against Greece in  Panionios, Athens. Photograph: Greg Hellas/Inpho

Dutch coach’s previous jobs have led to stronger foundations for women’s football

Donaghmoyne’s Amanda Casey lifts the LGFA  All-Ireland senior club title at Parnell Park in 2016. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Mourneabbey set to renew their rivalry with formidable Donaghmoyne

NC Courage’s Irish player Denise O’Sullivan has shone for the US club since joining them. Photograph: Getty Images

Cork native is enjoying a stellar career with North Carolina Courage

Bulgarian fans chanted racist abuse and  and gave the Nazi salute during the European Championship defeat to England  at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia. Photograph: Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty   Images

Uefa’s three-step protocols wholly insufficient to confront a growing menace

 The Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan reacts after winning the Women’s 1500 metres final at the   Athletics World Championships  in Doha. Photograph:  Karim Jaafar/AFP via Getty Images

Events in Doha were mind-blowing – but for all the wrong reasons

Rows of empty seats and sparse attendances have become  a familiar sight at the   World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Diego Azlubel/EPA

Some athletes end up in hospitals while others celebrate in half-empty stadiums

Japan goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita: she  proved it’s all down to reflexes, reactions and  good fortune to be a top goalkeeper. Photograph: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

According to Fifa this year’s World Cup was the most technical, most skilful and most dramatic

Voluntary work is often considered a  pillar of the community, and it is these people who  bind our community together. Photograph: Getty Images

Think of unsung hero who made you a cup of tea to remind you comeback is bigger than setback

The Galway team celebrates victory over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland senior camogie  final in  Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

A very successful weekend in soccer and camogie can be built upon

 Andrew Luck: the Indianapolis Colts player was booed  at Lucas Oili Stadium after the preseason game against the Chicago Bears when  it was announced that he would be retiring for health reasons. Photograph:  Justin Casterline/Getty Images

So-called Colts ‘fans’ show contempt for the long-term health of their former player

Fans use the separate entrance for wheelchair users at German club FSV Mainz’s stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Disabled fans find themselves left outside in the cold, with few people willing to help

Dublin’s Aoife Kane in action against Cork’s Eimear Kiely during the league semi-final at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dublin put their title on the line against great rivals Cork while Mayo face Galway again

 Natalya Coyle  competes in the European  Pentathlon Championships last week in Bath, England. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Team boasts quality and quantity, and has medal opportunities in athletics and boxing

Cork’s Hannah Looney  celebrates with the O’Duffy Cup after winning the   2018 All-Ireland senior camogie  final against  Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

As sports fans we want to see the best of both codes on the pitch as much as possible

Sarah Rowe kicks a point despite the efforts of Donegal’s Niamh Carr during the clash  at Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park in Tullamore, Offaly. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Mayo take big scalp on way to quarter-finals but Dublin remain the team to beat

China’s Sun Yang is swimming under a cloud in Gwangju with a doping case against him set to be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September. Photograph:   Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Horton, King and Scott shouldn't have to show respect to someone who doesn't reciprocate

England’s captain Eoin Morgan lifts the World Cup. But since the UK Government took cricket off the list of protected broadcast events, viewing numbers for the sport have collapsed dramatically – with detrimental knock-on effects for clubs. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Restricting drama for declining viewerships not the way forward for any sport

 The USA celebrate winning the Women’s World Cup  final  in Lyon. ‘The USA brought a new form of bravado to women’s sports.’ Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Momentum from tournament packed full of storylines must not be squandered

I’m sure no parent sets out to be that pushy parent that everyone hate, but the chances are your behaviour is ruining your child’s happiness

Children do not need shouts about performance from parents on sidelines

 Cameroon players  arguing with referee Qin Liang following England’s second goal during their    World Cup  match in Valenciennes, France. Photograph:  Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Why does women’s sport seemingly have to inspire future generations of wholesome players?

Saoirse Noonan of Cork  with her father, Peter,  following the TG4 Ladies Munster senior football final victory over   Waterford   at Fraher Field in Dungarvan. Photograph:   Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Former soccer star and super sub’s impressive scoring rate proving a huge asset

A view of a match ball during the game between Argentina and Japan in Paris. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

There is no better time to be alive than during an international tournament

Allyson Felix: When she went on maternity leave from the track, Nike wanted to pay her 70 per cent less than before. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty

Nike has always been proactive. It needs to go all in to support its female athletes

Olympique Lyonnais Féminin players celebrate after beating Barcelona in the  Women’s Champions League final  in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Getty Images

Olympique Lyonnais Féminin have reached incredible heights under club owner Aulas

Alex Scott interviews Raheem Sterling at the BT Sport Industry awards. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty

Nature of sports broadcasting is changing - an increase in women is to be welcomed

Caster Semenya: why does the testosterone levels ruling only exist for the races Semenya participates in, 800m and 1500m. Why are other races not included? Photograph: Noushad Thekkayil/EPA

Forcing an athlete to take something to slow them down a strange form of ‘equality’

Ireland’s  Katie McCabe celebrates scoring Arsenal’s  second goal  during the 4-0 victory over Brighton  at the AMEX Stadium   as the Gunners sealed their first title win since 2012. Photograph: : Mark Kerton/PA

Republic of Ireland duo help Gunners to a first Women’s Super League crown in seven years

The Camogie Association needs to act now, embrace its differences and uniqueness and reshape the game for the modern era. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

With right tweaks, women’s game can rival hurling as a treasure in sporting world

Irish WWE professional wrestler Becky Lynch

The women’s revolution has revitalised WWE as athleticism finally trumps titillation

Club Atletico de Madrid fans  before the Spanish league women’s football match against  FC Barcelona in March at the  Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Some 60,000 spectators attended the game. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Dramatic increase in attendances at big events a positive sign for the future

 Team Ireland athlete Ciara Joyce from Leixlip at  Dublin Airport on return from the  Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi where Ireland claimed   a haul of 86 medals. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Team Ireland’s success at the Special Olympics gives rise to tears of joy and pride

The wheelchair stand in Páirc Uí Rinn is where the Camp Nou or Bernabeu put their away fans. Behind a fence and shoved into a corner.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAA should address concerns of women players, fans and those who are disabled

Rena Buckley lifts the O’Duffy Cup in 2017. The  Cork star ticks all the boxes when it comes to an inspirational sporting figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork’s finest has won numerous All-Irelands but there’s so much more to her than that

Dublin’s Kate Sullivan gets her shot away despite the attempted block from Donegal’s Niamh Carr during the teams’ recent  clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Greally/Inpho

Likes of Donegal and Galway ready to mix it with seasoned Dublin and Cork

 Caster Semenya:  the IAAF plans to argue that Olympic women’s 800m champion Caster Semenya should be classified as a “biological male”. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty

CAS has the unenviable task of setting a precedent on intersexuality

I get that 20x20 and Investec are only trying to enhance coverage and entice reporters to cover women in sport. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

20x20 and Investec award a €1,000 monthly prize for best features about women in sport

Donegal’s Karen Guthrie  celebrates at the full-time whistle at Croke Park. Photograph:

On a cold Saturday in Croke Park Donegal swallowed the Dubs for every single attack

Alen Stajcic: sacked from his job as head coach of the Australian women’s soccer team. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Some Matildas players revelled in the approach of sacked Alen Stajcic. Others did not

 Maria Sharapova of Russia and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark shaking hands at their  Australian Open match. Photograph: . EPA/Lukas Coch

It’s hypocritical to demote your clean players to promote one who has served a ban

 Tom Brady of the New England Patriots with his personal trainer Alex Guerrero. “Every time I see Tom Brady now, I think of Himalayan pink salt, no nightshades in his foods (to the layman that’s no tomatoes, no potatoes and no peppers) and kale smoothies.”  Photograph:  Elsa/Getty Images)

Any number of spoofers and bluffers now trailing the sports teams of the world

Cork manager Ephie Fitzgerald talks to his team. In truth, it is another rebuild for Ephie and his management. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joanne Riordan: Succeeding Eamon Ryan left him on a hiding to nothing

Michael Van Gerwen: beat Michael Smith became world champion at the  William Hill World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace, London. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA

Every year our family gather around the TV for the annual darts extravaganza

Katie Taylor celebrates after defeating Finland’s Eva Wahlstrom in an IBF and WBA women’s lightweight championship boxing match in New York last Saturday. Photograph: Frank Franklin II/AP

It shouldn’t be down to Taylor to raise the poor standards in female professional boxing

Bríd O’Sullivan of Mourneabbey lifting the Dolores Tyrrell Memorial Cup following the All-Ireland ladies  senior club   final   against Foxrock-Cabinteely at Parnell Park, Dublin. Photograph:   Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

We must acknowledge that retaining the newly-recruited female talent is vital

Kellie Harrington with her gold medal from the lightweight final at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Joanne O'Riordan: Phenomenal achievements augur well for the coming years

 Kerry footballer James O’Donoghue places The Legion Flag on GAA broadcaster Weeshie Fogarty’s coffin at his funeral in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney on Wednesday.Photo: Don MacMonagle

The ‘Terrace Talk’ presenter was a fascinating character with wonderful zest for life

 Carnacon’s Erina Flannery and Michelle McGing celebrate after beating Mourneabbey in the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Club Football Championship Final in Parnell Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Idea is simple: you play the game you love with the people you love, for the people you love

Wexford Youths Katrina Parrock celebrates scoring the winning goal against Peamount United in the women’s FAI Cup final at the Aviva. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Just a few thousand turned out to watch the women’s FAI Cup final at the Aviva

In October  1972,  Lynn Blackstone, Jane Muhrcke, Liz Franceschini, Pat Barrett, Nina Kuscsik and Cathy Miller made their sit-down protest at the New York City Marathon.

Joanne O’Riordan: A group of female athletes took dramatic action to agitate for change

 Evanne Ní Chuilinn, Heather Thornton, Jessica Harrington (horse trainer), Sarah Keane (President Olympic Federation of Ireland), Sarah Colgan, Casey Stoney (Manchester United women’s coach), Rena Buckley (18 times All-Ireland winner), Mary O’Connor, Graham Shaw (Ireland women’s hockey coach) and Ger Gilroy are pictured at the launch of 20x20, a new campaign presented by the Federation of Irish Sport. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The 20x20 initiative is a great start but it’s up to us to make it work in the long-term

A passenger bus drives past an advertising poster for an underwear brand, showing a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo in downtown Rome. Ronaldo faces rape allegations after US police re-opened an investigation into claims by former American model Kathryn Mayorga that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/Getty Images

Movement had a significant impact in other industries and may now do so in football

Martina McMahon: pipped Catriona Casey in another riveting All-Ireland final clash between the pair. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Martina McMahon and Catriona Casey rivalry producing truly outstanding fare

Ellen Keane won the bronze medal in the  2018 World Para Swimming  European Championships at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin in August.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

This year has brought fresh female athletes to look up to, but we must support them too

Referee Eamon Cassidy during the camogie final. “Maybe camogie is being officiated in the wrong way. I’m not saying let’s all go out and allow all hell to break loose, but  . . let’s celebrate some physicality in women’s sports.”  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Real narrative of camogie final heroics and Osaka’s achievement overlooked

Jake Buiuc-Keegan, 3 from Tallaght raises the Sam Maguire with Dublin players at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

As USA teams give Trump the thumbs down, our GAA stars strike a blow for inclusivity

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford: did the pope sign his P45 last weekend? Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The outrageous treatment of Carnacon is a sign they’re obsessing over the wrong things

Can Donegal’s Geraldine McLaughlin outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in a whole season or will the Cork defence keep her locked down this weekend? Photograph:   Tom Beary/Inpho

Expectations are high for Saturday’s All-Ireland senior women’s semi-finals

If a big draw and storyline such as the Tiger Woods comeback are not enticing people to watch, then there lies a tragedy. Photograph: iStock

The sheer hassle of signing up to Sports Eleven to see Woods caused me to switch off

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