TheSportInMinds Ambassadors help to promote and increase the awareness of sport psychology within the sport community. They will share their real life experiences of how psychology influences their performance

Jessie barrJessie Barr Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 15.37.56

Jessie is a 24 year old 400m hurdler from Waterford in Ireland.  Jessie has represented Ireland since school level and competed at both the European and World Junior Championships. As a senior athlete Jessie has been a finalist in the 400m hurdles at the World University Games and the European Senior Championships as well as being a member of the 4x400m relay team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Jessie holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Limerick in Ireland, and is currently undertaking a part-time MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of the West of England in Bristol.  Jessie has greatly benefited from the psychological skills that she has learned throughout her studies. She is learning how to apply specific skills such as imagery, self talk and relaxation techniques within her performance.

 

imageMarc Pugh Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 15.37.56

Marc is a English professional footballer who plays for Bournemouth AFC. When Marc was 16 years old he signed a 3 year scholarship with Burnley Fc. In his 3rd year he was released and he signed for Bury Fc who were playing in League 2. After a season with Bury he signed for Shrewsbury and was at the club for 2 years. In his 3rd year he was released and the followings season he signed for Hereford where he has a great season. After a great year of performance Bournemouth AFC signed Marc and he is now currently playing Championship football. Marc believes that psychology has been fundamental to helping overcome the obstacles which he has faced within football. Marc has shown great belief throughout his career which he believes has been fundamental for helping me deal with many setbacks

 

3-e1358359662268Sarah Holt Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 15.37.56

Sarah is a British Athlete who specialises in Hammer throw.  From a young age Sarah had clear sporting aspirations to compete at an elite level.  Attending Loughborough University allowed Sarah to access world class facilities and a highly competitive training environment. Within her first year she was selected to represent GB juniors on several occasions, the most prestigious being the World Junior Championships in Beijing in 2006. This international exposure inspired Sarah to reach the next level of her sporting career. Following a successful season, Sarah was awarded the Armitage Trophy by England Athletics, recognising  the English Junior female who is judged to have accomplished the best throwing performance of the year, anywhere in the world.

 

Simon Wilkinson/SWPIX.COMDaniel Kirmond Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 15.37.56

Daniel is a professional rugby league player and captain of the Wakefield Wildcats.  Daniel has played rugby professionally since the age of 21 and in the past has played for Featherstone Rovers and Huddersfield Giants. Daniel has experienced many highs and lows in his career from making finals to serious injuries, none selection and even being released from a contract. Daniel believes that “although rugby league is a highly physical game, the thing that tests you the most is the pyschological side of the game. I always like to set attainable goals and prepare for individual games by visualising how I will achieve my goals. Positive thoughts go a long way to helping me get what I want from games.”