Cora Staunton

Game Changer
  • Game Changer

  • Cora Staunton is an iconic figure in the world of modern GAA. In this ground-breaking autobiography, she reveals her extraordinary journey from teenage rookie to the highest-scoring forward in the history of Ladies Gaelic Football. Since making her senior inter-county debut for Mayo at just thirteen years of age, Cora has become a feared and respected opponent on any pitch.

    Now, for the first time, she recounts the triumphs of her career and the personal struggles that have plagued it. In this refreshingly candid book, Cora recalls finding refuge in the game after the death of her mother, but also speaks openly about the challenges and conflicts she and her teammates have experienced in the under-resourced world of female sport. She gives a fascinating insight into her move to a professional team in Sydney and how she coped with going from a veteran to a newcomer overnight.

    In the first-ever autobiography of a female GAA star, Game Changer will take its place as one of the most influential and powerful sports books in recent years.

Cora Staunton is one of the greatest sportspeople Ireland has ever produced. Since her inter-county debut at the age of thirteen, she has gone on to win four senior All-Ireland Championships with Mayo, featuring in 67 Championship games over 23 seasons. She has led her club team, Carnacon, to six All-Ireland titles and has won 11 All-Star Awards. In 2017 Cora became the first international draft signing in the Australian Women’s Football League. She will return in November 2018 for a second season with the Greater Western Sydney Giants. Mary White, a Cork native, reported on ladies football for seventeen seasons. Her first book, Relentless: The Inside Story of the Cork Ladies Footballers, was shortlisted for the 2015 Setanta Ireland Sports Book of the Year.

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