Malachy Clerkin: Kellie, Katie and tackling our unconscious bias

There are so many barriers to women getting into sport which may not occur to most men

Kellie Harrington brought predictably good vibes to the 2021 Toy Show. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Kellie Harrington brought predictably good vibes to the 2021 Toy Show. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

There was no safer bet for the 2021 Toy Show than that Kellie Harrington would appear from the wings at some stage. On a good vibes kind of night, Kellie is good vibes squared. She came on, made everyone feel good about life, gave two little girls her gloves and vests from the Olympics and promised them she’d come out to their school to do some training with them. She’s a diamond. But then, we’ve all known that for a while.

Kellie had sprung to mind already last week, even before Friday night. It was in something Sarah Keane, president of the OCI, brought up as part of a wider discussion on women’s sport. We got to talking about the idea of unconscious bias and how it plagues even the well-meaning among us.

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