‘Awesome’ – such a super-fun word to describe a super-fun year. The past 12 months have been a complete whirlwind, in the very best way. I’ve enjoyed balancing on the very edge of my comfort zone, supported by my amazing family, friends and colleagues, to do lots of new, exciting things…..
1. Media Interviews:
- UK Telegraph Newspaper (13th November 2018)
- 2FM with Dave Fanning (2nd December 2018 and 12th January 2019)
- RTE Radio with Ray D’Arcy (19th November 2018)
- BBC Ulster (Podcast and Interview on Life After Elite Sport – 27th/28th January 2019)
- Newstalk with Ivan Yates (July 2019)
2. Published papers
British Journal of Healthcare Management (September 2018)
3. Media articles
RTE Guide – October 2018 (Breast Cancer Ireland’s Special Pink edition)
A Lust for Life – August 2019 – Skills, Health and Courage – ‘I’ll try again tomorrow’
Shane Breslin – Life Lived Well Podcast (Episode 16 – July 2019)
Alan Williams Coaching – Episode 17 (August 2019)
6. New Roles
- Ambassador for Explorium – The National Sport and Science Centre, Dublin (Launched on 20th June 2019)
- New member of the Psychological Society of Ireland’s (PSI) Executive Council (February 2019)
- Re-accredited as a Professional Psychology Service provider for the Sport Ireland Institute to 2024 (July 2019)
- Host / Panel member of some great panel discussions: UCD School of Psychology – Enhancing Performance in Sport (28th February 2019) – Panel member; IADT International Women’s Day – Elite Performers’ Discussion (8th March 2019) – Host
7. Some Charity Fab-Fun Events!
- BCI’s Great Pink Run, Phoenix Park, Dublin (13th October 2018)
- Because I’m A Girl Charity Abseil, Croke Park (9th March 2019
- Darkness into Light Walk for Pieta House, Skerries – 11th May 2019)
8. Started Some New Exciting Projects (revealed in late 2019 – stay tuned!)
9. Met some of my sporting heroes
- Special Olympics Golf Champion – Mark Claffey (28th March 2019 )
- 1500m Olympic Champion – Dr. Ron Delany (28th November 2018)
In addition to the above, I have been privileged most to work with and support some wonderful athletes (in rugby, hockey, GAA, boxing, horse-racing and Irish dance, to name but a few) throughout the past 12 months. I’m so lucky to continue to do the job I love as an academic and applied Sport Psychologist, supported by the most amazing family and friends, as mentioned at the start – too many to count or mention here – but you know who you are – I have had a coffee, at least, with you all over the past year! I value my friendships so much and spending time with you all, sharing my life events with you – it is what gives me the greatest joy.
As a new academic year starts, I wish life, love, laughter, health, music, joy and dance for you all. Remember together to #BeBrave #LiveInTheMoment!! I wish only to continue to be able to help the students and athletes I am privileged to know and work with to display their #ExcellenceInAction, as I see it shine so brightly in each of them. Remember to love, support and make time for each other too.
#HaveFun!! It’s never work, if it’s fun, right?!! ????
Here’s to ending 2019 with lots (!) more fun-times ? and having a #Fab2020 too #CantSeeCantBe !!
[**This year is dedicated to Ian Lubbers of The Holly & Kavanagh (H&K) Dance Academy –
‘We will dance on in your memory, Darling Boy #ShineYourLightBrightOnAllOfUsWhoMissYou’ **]