Anna Geary says the new Women’s Gaelic Players Association will strive to ultimately place camogie players and ladies footballers on the same player welfare footing as their male counterparts.
Cork camogie star Geary is an executive member of the WGPA, which will be formally launched this morning in Dublin.
She explained that the body is required to address many of the same issues that the Gaelic Players Association has been dealing with for the last 15 years or so in the men’s game.
And she’s confident they can improve the overall experience of players, just like the GPA have done for their inter-county members.
“It is about providing the same experience for a camogie player or a ladies footballer as you would do for hurler or a footballer,” said Geary.
“That’s what we want to replicate because it should be an equal status.”
GPA chief Dessie Farrell is expected to attend today’s launch and has provided assistance in the setting up of the women’s group.
“They’ve been very supportive,” said Geary. “They’ve been able to guide us a small bit with what has worked and what hasn’t for them. Not everything is going to be the same for the two associations because what we as ladies footballers and camogie players need might be on a different scale to what was needed back when the GPA started out. But we’re constantly in talks and there’s great guidance and support.”
Geary is joined on the WGPA’s committee by Cork ladies football icon Valerie Mulcahy. Talented forward Mulcahy recently revealed she is gay and Geary praised the player’s bravery in going public: “It’s a really brave thing to have done.”
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