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Spotlight on the CGAA Executive and Management Committee – Lisa Jensen

This is the next instalment of a series that will introduce the CGAA County Executive and Management Committee members, and shine some well-deserved light on the breadth and depth of experience that is working to support Gaelic Games across the country. Over the next few weeks, we plan to highlight all the Executive and Management Committee members.

Name: Lisa “LisaWright” Jensen 

Position on Executive Committee/Management Committee: Child Protection Officer 

Since: December 2017 

Home Club(s)*: Ottawa Gaels 

Years with current Home Club: 16 

Notable Achievements: 

  • 2005-2008 Player in the Continental Youth Championships  
  • 2006 Received one of the first exceptions (in Canada) for a youth player to compete on a senior team at age 13  
  • 2007 Female Youth MVP 
  • 2007 City of Ottawa Gaelic Football Athlete of the Year 
  • 2012: Canada All-Star Team (Team Blue) 
  • 2014 Ottawa Gaels Club Person of the Year 
  • 2016 Team Canada Ladies Football Native-Born,  Banner Carrier with Kerry Mortimer at the World Games 
  • 2019: Team Canada Camogie Native-Born 

GAA Leadership Experience 

  • 2022 Continental Youth Championship (CYC) Public Relations Officer 
  • Canadian Representive on CYC steering committee 2018 – Present 
  • Ottawa Gaels Youth Officer 2014, Child Protection Officer 2017 to present 
  • Ottawa Gaels Development Officer 2021 
  • Eastern Canada Division Child Protection Officer 2017 
  • Level 1 Coach 
  • Referee and Referee Tutor 

 Where did you grow up?  

Nepean/Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

 Professional Background:  

  • Social Media Marketing 
  • French Studies and Second Language Learning and Acquisition 
  • Education 

Occupation:  Teacher 

 Other Tidbits You’d Like to Share, in the words of Lisa herself: 

  • Most Memorable All-Ireland attended (in person) was the 2019 All-Ireland Hurling Final – it was the only one I had ever attended in person; although, I attended the 2016 All-Ireland Football Semi-Final (Mayo-Tipperary), which was super exciting and my first time spectating at Croke Park (I had walked in the parade on the field two weeks before and had been a member of the Canadian Finalist team playing there the previous week) 
  • I am the only person to ever hold the position of Child Protection Officer on the CGAA and for the Ottawa Gaels so far 
  • I have six points in total in senior ladies football (I only count the Toronto league and Ireland in this), and it is my life’s ambition to score at least one point against every single team in Toronto. So far, I have scored one point against Anto and the Michael Cusacks in 2007; two points against St-Pat’s (2016); two points in 2016 against St Michael’s (but the one in Galway, not Toronto), and one point against Brampton Roger Casements in 2019. 
  1. I started playing Gaelic Football at my middle school, and on the day of the tournament, Thursday, May 19, 2005, Noel McGinnity and Jarlath Connaughton asked me if I wanted to play that summer in San Francisco. I said, “Yes,” because I wanted to go to California and didn’t really care what the reason would be. Turns out it was the best reason, and that season my team, which was a rookie team that year, “Ulster”, won the Ottawa Gaels’ summer league with no experience against teams that had travelled to New York and Ireland to play.  
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