Jessie is an Olympian from the London 2012 Games, where she competed in the 4x400m relay. She has also been a European and World University Games finalist in the 400m hurdles and she holds the Irish u 23 record in the event. Unfortunately, numerous injuries stunted her progress in athletics in the years leading up to Rio.
Aside from her athletic achievements, Jessie is currently undertaking a PhD in Sport Psychology at the University of Limerick examining the stigma around mental health within an elite sport context. She previously completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at U.L. and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of the West of England in Bristol.
Currently Jessie is employed as a trainee sport and performance psychologist at the Sport Ireland Institute, providing support to a number of high performance athletes from a range of different sports. She is also engaged in private consultation work with teams and athletes outside of the Institute of Sport. She previously worked as an Athlete Mentor as part of the “Sky Sports Living for Sport” programme, delivering sport related motivational workshops in secondary schools.
Jessie has spoken and presented at numerous events and conferences due to her combined athletic and academic backgrounds, including the International Olympic Committee World Conference on the Prevention of Illness and Injury, the Outdoor Revolution Expo and Wellfest. She has also been involved in some commentary work, most notably as part of the panels for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.