400m Hurdles - Team Ireland
Jessie is a 400m hurdler from Waterford, part of Team Ireland. She competed in her first Olympic Games in London 2012 in the 4 x 400m relay, narrowly missing out on the 400m hurdles.
She started athletics when she was 12 years old at Ferrybank AC in Waterford, discovering a talent for the 400m hurdles at 17. Her first international event was the European Junior Championships in 2007 where she was a semi-finalist, followed by the World Junior Championships in 2008.
Jessie suffered a couple of years of injury, and graduated from the University of Limerick with a degree in Psychology in 2011 and also had a breakthrough year in her athletic career competing again at an international level, when she won her first senior vest as part of the European Championships team in June. She went on to represent Ireland several times that summer and even broke the Irish U23 record for 400m hurdles, placing 5th at the European U23 Championships. Jessie was a semi-finalist in the World University Games, and on the back of these races she was chosen as part of the 4 x 400m relay for the World Championships in Korea. The relay team broke the Irish record, securing their place in the London 2012 Olympics.
Jessie was a finalist in the European Championships in 2012, running a PB that moved her up to 2nd place on the Irish all time list in the 400m hurdles. This was followed by Jessie’s first Olympic Games, and was the youngest member of the athletics team. Her experience at London 2012 opened doors to new training opportunities, giving her spot at Bath University to train under renowned hurdles coach Malcolm Arnold. While she was in Bath, Jessie was a finalist at the 2013 World University Games, and placed third in the 2013 European Team Championships, which were held in Dublin.
Following a stress fracture in her foot, Jessie spent 2014 on the sidelines rehabbing her injury. She finished her Masters in Sports Psychology from the University of the West of England, and decided to move back to her original training group in Limerick, Ireland in September 2014. Jessie starts her PhD in Sport Psychology in September 2015 in the University of Limerick, focusing on mental health in elite sport. She has spent the last year adapting to her new surroundings and training routines, picking up a number of partnerships along the way ahead of Rio 2016.
Jessie is an Athlete Mentor as part of the Sky Sports Living For Sport programme. Jessie is sponsored by New Balance and SensorPro and is a Well Woman ambassador for VitaBiotics.
Nationality – Irish
Event – 400m Hurdles
Achievements – London 2012 Olympian, European Finalist, World University Games Finalist, Irish U23 Record holder
Date of Birth – 24/07/1989
Height – 177cm
Born – Waterford
Lives – Limerick
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