To mark International Women’s Day, the Ireland Women’s Hockey team’s main sponsor, SoftCo, and Hockey Ireland partner, Saba Restaurants, hosted a virtual dinner with the entire squad and a number of Irish female business leaders from various sectors.
The event was hosted by sports journalist and television presenter, Jacqui Hurley, and included an interactive Q&A with squad members. Jacqui interviewed players including Team Captain Katie Mullan and record goalscorer Anna O’Flanagan on the effect the pandemic has had on preparations for the Olympics, the importance of mental strength during Lockdown, and what their hopes are for the Summer Games in Tokyo. It was a fun and lively event with many insights into the personalities of the team.
As part of their Olympic build-up and gruelling training schedule, the squad are currently preparing for the competitive “SoftCo Series” of International matches against current Olympic Gold Medallists Great Britain in Belfast on March 13, 14 & 16. The matches will provide the Green Army with the opportunity to play high-quality international matches ahead of an intense international summer. As usual, Saba will be fuelling the team in Belfast.
Katie Mullan, Team Captain said:
“Firstly, I would like to thank SoftCo and Saba for their continued support of the team in our preparation for the Olympics. They have shown a tremendous amount of commitment and belief in us and we would love nothing more than to be able to bring home an Olympic medal this summer. Both SoftCo and Saba have been big advocates of International Women’s Day and it was a pleasure to take part in today’s event.”
Paul Cadden from Saba said:
“We are delighted to have hosted this International Women’s Day event with Hockey Ireland and SoftCo. This Irish Hockey Women’s Team are a true inspiration and deserves to be celebrated for their attitude, dedication and their achievements to date. They are inspiring the next generation and proving that you can follow your dreams. We are delighted to be playing a small part on their journey.”