Women in Sport Week: Chloe Singleton

Chloe Singleton

Women in Sport Week takes place between March 4th and 10th.

Each day this week has a specific theme and we’re delighted to be featuring some women in sport from across Co. Westmeath each day this week.

  • Monday 4th – High Performance
  • Tuesday 5th – Visibility
  • Wednesday 6th – Leadership and Governance
  • Thursday 7th – Coaching and Officiating
  • Friday 8th – International Women’s Day 2024
  • Saturday 9th – parkrun Women in Sport
  • Sunday 10th – Active Participation

Today we are featuring Chloe Singleton from Athlone Town F.C.

Name

Chloe Singleton.

Club or group

Athlone Town FC.

What is your sport or activity?

Football/Soccer.

What is your first memory of sport?

My first/earliest memory of being actively involved in sport is playing football down in the Drum Community Centre with Bealnamulla as an U6/U8s.

What age did you first play sport with a club/group or team?

6/7 years old.

Who was your sporting hero/idol growing up and why?

I didn’t really have a sporting hero apart from my grandad. The stories that were told of him inspired me to keep playing.

What do you enjoy most about being involved in sport / physical activity?

I enjoy the social side of it immensely. I am very grateful for the friends I have gained and the people I have met through sport and football. Aside from being surrounded by people who share a lot of the same values, the mental benefits physical activity can give me are huge. No matter how difficult a training session may be, I always feel great after completing it.

Who was the biggest influence on your sporting career?

My family and some previous coaches were my biggest influences. As I have played for clubs in Dublin and Galway, it would not have been possible without my mother. She had made many sacrifices to ensure I always had a ball at my feet no matter the distance. If it weren’t for the support from her, my brother and a select few coaches, I would not be where I am in my sporting journey.

What is the hardest thing about being involved in sport as a female?

For me, the hardest thing is being treated unequally. In all sports, female athletes are treated unequally compared to male athletes. This unequal treatment is very visible in the football world. It can sometimes be very difficult as a female athlete to stay motivated for these reasons. However for me, this gives me a lot of motivation to keep going.

What is the best thing about being involved in sport as a female?

I think it is great to be involved in sport as a female in today’s modern world as there has been a shift in interest in female sports over the last couple of years. With the growth of attention female sports are getting, more and more people are able to spark up a conversation about female sporting events or games. It has given me a sense of individuality and confidence.

How do you think more women can be encouraged to participate and remain in sport and physical activity?

I think the continued growth of interest in female sports can have a huge impact on women staying involved or becoming involved in a sport.

One piece of advice for girls who have either fallen out of a sport/activity and would like to return or have never been involved in a sport/activity, but would like to try out something?

Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, nobody will truly excel within their comfort zone.

Who is the sports person you would love to meet?

Michael Jordan.
Or Cristiano Ronaldo for some tips.