The decision last Monday by the Camogie Association to cancel the All-Ireland minor championship this year, has been met with uproar by players, management and fans alike across the country. Here at www.sportstalk.ie, we support the wishes of minor camogie teams who desire to have a championship played this year, yet seem to be discriminated against because of their age.
We have received correspondance from the Limerick minor camogie team expressing their dissatisfaction with the decision. Please see below the statement from them. There is also a petition at the bottom of this page for those who wish to support and contribute to the player’s wishes to see a minor camogie championship played this year.
Statement from The Limerick Minor Camogie Team.
We write this email to share our feelings on the decision of the camogie association to cancel our championship.
On the 18th of November 2019 as a team we started training for the 2020 All Ireland Championship. Although months away, we had our eyes set on winning an All Ireland. To have the Minor All Ireland Camogie Championship taken away from us in this manner is not only frustrating but disheartening. We deserve to be given this opportunity, we deserve to be treated better.
“20×20 is supposed to be an all-inclusive movement to shift Ireland’s cultural perception of women’s sport. It seems the Camogie Association have turned a blind eye to this advancement. How is Ireland’s cultural perception meant to progress when one of the main organisations backing this campaign is excluding a certain group of young women?
Are we as players not entitled to have our say? When making the outrageous decision of cancelling the Championship, not one minor player was consulted yet we are supposed to be the future of the game. Let the players make their own decision. To us competing at minor level is the most important thing, we need time to develop and value the experience. Minor is the pinnacle of a player’s underage career.
It doesn’t seem to make much sense to be able to run a Provincial Minor Championship yet we cannot fulfil an All Ireland Series that had already begun back in February.
At the time of writing a petition started by our minor camogie team member has reached over 2,500 signatures and rising, this alone shows the interest of camogie players right around the country. It is not only the players and management teams that want the decision overturned. We have received the backing of many high profiled GAA and Camogie personalities. People such as Ashling Thompson, Anna Geary, Caoimhe Costelloe, Rebecca Delee, Briege Corkery, Liam Sheedy, Jacqui Hurley, Lauren Guilfoyle, Eddie Brennan, Padraig Walsh, Joe Quaid, Valerie Wheeler, Michael Duignan, Evanne Ni Chuilinn, Keith Ricken, Linda Mellerick and Aislinn Connolly.
Change your decision, put the players first.
Yours in Sport
Limerick Minor Camogie Team
PETITION TO LET MINOR CAMOGIE TEAMS PLAY THEIR MINOR CAMOGIE CHAMPIONSHIP 2020