LGBTQI+ Inclusion in Sports

Cycling – on the Path for Representation

Philippa Ryder

Director – Under the Rainbow

Philippa Ryder, Director of Under The Rainbow takes us through her journey with cycling spanning 15 years. Philippa had the honour of representing Team Ireland at the Paris Gay Games in 2018 where she won a number of medals. This achievement recognises the ability and passion of Ireland’s LGBTQI+ athletes in sport.

Following the success of the tournament, Philippa was part of establishing Sporting Pride, Ireland’s LGBTQI+ sports organisation. She now works with diversity and inclusion social enterprise Under The Rainbow to advocate for Human Rights, Equality, Health and Wellness.

Philippa recommends for everyone to take up cycling as she believes it is beneficial for both your mental and physical health while also being fun.

If you have any questions please let us know.

Find out more about our LGBTQI+ Inclusion in Sports Campaign here.

Philippa Ryder

Philippa Ryder is a career civil servant in Dublin who was instrumental in setting up her organisation’s Diversity and Inclusion programme, one of the first within Government departments where she chairs the LGBTQ+ committee. She is a keen cyclist and is currently on the national committee of Sporting Pride, Ireland’s LGBTQ+ sports organisation. She has served as Chair of Transgender Equality Network Ireland and was twice elected to the Steering Committee of Transgender Europe. Her work in the community leads to regular media appearances and she has spoken to many organisations and NGOs over the past few years bringing passion and enthusiasm to her very personal story. She is a director of Under the Rainbow, a social enterprise dealing with diversity, inclusion and belonging in its widest sense.

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