Mary left school to pursue a four-year athletic scholarship in in the USA. Inspired by her experience, Mary became a professional athlete, competing at international level and combining her athletics career with part-time and full time studies, in addition to work as a Police Constable with Lothian and Borders Police. Mary’s studies culminated in the award of a Masters Degree in Performance Psychology. She also holds qualifications in Physical Education and executive Coaching & Mentoring.
Upon graduating, Mary worked at Edinburgh College for a number of years as a Lecturer in Sports Psychology, Strength and Conditioning. Mary now works with the SportScotland Institute of Sport as a Senior Performance Lifestyle Advisor, providing individualised coaching, mentoring and counselling services that support performance athletes. She was involved in the preparation of Scotland’s athletes for the Glasgow 2014 and Goldcoast 2018 Commonwealth Games and has been appointed as Squash Team Manager for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
In addition, Mary has become increasingly interested in the areas surrounding mental health, specifically anxiety stress and depressive moods. She is currently Director of Mary McClung Coaching, a Psychology and Hypnotherapy company that supports individuals and groups with Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Mary passionately believes in providing people from all parts of society with the opportunity to maximise their potential through the provision of opportunity, environment and encouragement.