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Friday, December 20, 2019

Sport Ireland introduce funding policy for pregnant athletes

Sport Ireland fund Irish athletes in various sports by their carding scheme. If an athlete has the potential to medal at an international level then they can avail of financial grants. In many cases, this may well be the only source of income for that person.

In the past, if a female athlete became pregnant then they could potentially lose their only source of income as they were no longer competing.

Sport Ireland has now introduced a new maternity policy which guarantees 12 months' funding for pregnant athletes. Under the policy, carded athletes will continue to receive financial support until the birth, after which they are assured another six months' worth.

The Chief Executive John Treacy said..."The athlete is at the heart of everything we do. The policy will give our athletes peace of mind and support in their decision to start a family and continue to compete." 

1) Article on BBC Sport.
2) Sport Ireland news

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