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Thursday 21 August 2014

Meet the woman who psyched up the Dubs

BEHIND every great man is a great woman – but behind a great team of men is brilliant Caroline Currid.



This is the woman credited with |boosting the Dublin's team self-belief.

Performance coach Caroline is the |driving force behind the All-Ireland winners and looks after the team's mental fitness.

Caroline (30) was one of the key figures in the champions’ dynamic backroom team and was snapped celebrating her role with the boys in blue in Croke Park on Sunday.

Caroline focuses on the psychological aspect of training – ensuring that the |players have the mental skills required to achieve their full potential.

The former Sligo ladies GAA captain also drove the Tyrone team to victory in 2008 alongside coach Mickey Harte.

She has already worked with other |athletes, boxers and golfers.

Performance coaching focuses on |creating the mental edge in performance.

Players learn how to deal with the stress and pressure of competitive sport – |particularly in the amateur level of GAA where it is just as important to balance training with a separate career.

Caroline was first introduced to Tyrone manager Harte three years ago, which helped pave the way for her career path.

“When I explained what my work as a performance coach was all about, he |invited me to be part of his backroom team.

“He's an extraordinary manager and |he leaves nothing to chance in his |preparations,” said Caroline.

“In my experience of working with athletes in numerous different sports, I have found that mentally strong competitors possess a number of related attributes – each of which is an element of the overall mental toughness quality.”

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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