Eimear McCarthy, M.Sc.

Growing up, sport was always a part of my life, I don’t remember a time without it. Having successfully played numerous traditional Irish sports under the GAA umbrella (Gaelic football, hurling and camogie) as well as competing in show jumping for over 15 years, I decided to turn my passion into my profession.

The skills I learned during my time competing are ones I have carried with me throughout life. Learning how to be part of a team, coping with setbacks, building self-belief and resilience; without these skills I wouldn’t have had the courage to pursue my goals.

I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick in Ireland. Initially, my main interest was in strength and conditioning and coaching, having been involved with the Academy of one of Ireland’s professional rugby teams and coaching my own local GAA team for a number of years. I explored this interest further by providing sport science support, strength and conditioning and mental skills training to soccer academies based in Scotland during my work experience in my 3rd year.

During this time, I also had the privilege of working with Team Scotland during one of their most successful Commonwealth Games in 2014. Being involved with professional athletes on one of the biggest stages increased my understanding and highlighted the importance of peak mental fitness. Not only were they performing at one of the most high-profile events, but had the added pressure of the Games being held in their home country. Having worked with these athletes and understanding their mental preparation, I realized that my passion had shifted from strength and conditioning to sport psychology.

I went on to complete a Masters in Sport Psychology at the University of Stirling in Scotland before relocating to San Diego where I worked with an AAU basketball team. With this team, I found my “why”. I discovered my love for working with youth athletes, helping them realize their true potential as well as equipping them with skills both in sport and life. My goal is to instill in athletes a thirst and hunger for development, as well as a strong sense of self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities.

A little bit about my life:

Having lived in San Diego, I am currently back home in Ireland (available for sessions worldwide). My name is pronounced like ‘Lemur’ but without the ‘L’. When I am not playing, watching or coaching sport; I can be found in museums, art galleries or in the departure lounge of airports. Travelling, seeking out new experiences, playing with my four Jack Russell’s and watching any crime related tv shows are what occupy any free time I might have. 

I am excited to work with you and help you on your journey to achieve your goals. Join me for a free mini session!