To mark International Women’s Day, the Olympic Committee of Portugal organized a conference on the theme “Leadership in Women – Pathways to Success and Development Perspectives”. The ceremony took place in the Auditorium of the Olympic Committee of Portugal, Tuesday, March 8th.

In addition to the conference, the Olympic Committee of Portugal highlighted the contribution of several female sports leaders. Joana Gonçalves, President of the Portuguese Hockey Federation since 2012, was one of the honorees.

Joana Gonçalves has had an important role in the development of the sport in Portugal. Joana is the only female president of a Olympic sport federation in this country and is also a member of the EHF Development Projects Committee  She was also appointed Deputy of the Chief of Mission at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht, in 2013, by the Olympic Committee of Portugal.

The European Hockey Federation would like to join in thanking Joana for all her hard work for hockey  both in Portugal and in Europe, and for being a great leader and role model for women in sport.

Source and photograph: Joana Goncalves distinguida pelo Comite Olimpico de Portugal

Photograph: Joana Gonçalves and Portuguese Olympic Committee Vice-President, Rosa Mota.