Wendy Hickey - Women's Rugby Development Officer
My Job in Connacht
Wendy is originally from Quebec City, Canada and has lived in Ireland since 1998. She coached basketball in national and secondary schools before turning her focus to rugby. Wendy got involved in coaching at the local secondary school which led to taking part in the Quebec youth provincial programmes. She played rugby for the Sainte Foy Celtique, Parc Olympique (Montreal) and Concordia University before moving to Ireland. She has a degree in translation from Concordia University, Montreal as well as a certificate in teaching a second language from Laval University, Quebec.
When did you join Connacht?
I joined Connacht in 2004 as a Youth Development Officer, and after a few years, was offered the role as the Connacht Women's Development Officer.
What do you do?
My role is to get more girls and women playing rugby in the province, and to provide an environment for them to do so through local schools and clubs.
What's a typical day like?
Two days are never the same, which makes the job that more interesting. I could be in a national school in the morning, go to a secondary school in the afternoon to deliver a course, visit committee members who are interested in starting girls rugby in their club, or help out with a senior women's session. Other days may be spent in the office working on fixtures for youths or creating a pilot project to increase girls' participation.
What is the best part of your job?
Seeing the number of players involved in rugby growing in the province all the time and the enjoyment the girls get.