The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
Floor 2, Grantham House,
Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.


Sport Psychology and our Olympic Athletes

The Early Graduate Group



Sport Psychology and our Olympic Athletes

Venue: PSI Offices, Floor 2, Grantham House, Grantham Street, Dublin 8
Date: Thursday 22nd June
Time: 6.30pm - 8.15pm

Fee: Free for PSI members, €10 for non members


The event will be headed by Dr Kate Kirby and we will also have two athletes who competed in the Rio Olympics talking about their experiences of how psychology helped improve their performances. 

For whom?
PSI members, early graduates, sport psychologists, people with an interest in sport psychology.

  • Learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes
  • Insight into the world of sport psychology
  • First hand experience of how sport psychology is a big part of the preparation for top athletes
  • How being part of a team sport versus an individual sport can require different approaches                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Benefits: What will be the impact of their learning on their practice and a workplace?
Think of the following:

  • This will be one of the first events we’ve held in regards to sport psychology to date and it is a big area of growth within the discipline.
  • As a result we are generating interest in the area and catering for those who are considering a career in sport psychology or have an interest in the area.
  • It’ll also give people a look at psychology from the players perspective

Methods of teaching and form of the event
The event will predominatly be a presentation by Dr. Kate Kirby, who will talk about her career as a sport psychologist, what it entails and how she helps prepare athletes for big events such as the Olympics. This will be followed by presentations from two athletes who will be able to give attendees a first hand account of how sport psychology helped prepare them for their Olympic journeys. This gives attendees an insight to the work of an applied sport psychologist but also into what is practically useful for the people they are working with.

Dr Kate Kirby is the lead sport psychologist with the Irish Institute of Sport. Since completing her PhD, Kate has worked as an applied psychology consultant for elite teams and athletes. She recently travelled to the Rio Olympics as the sport psychologist for sailing and modern pentathlon, including work with silver medalist Annalise Murphy. Kate also lectures in sport psychology in UCD and Dublin Business School, with a primary interest in the psychology of doping. Kate will be joined by David Fitzgerald, Irish international hockey player, who was part of the first Irish team to make an Olympics since 1908 and Arthur Lanigan O’ Keeffe, modern pentathlon, who has competed in the 2012 and 2016 games.


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