On 1 December 2016 I set off to Windsor, Canada, for two weeks as the Travelling Sport Psychologist for the Australian Swim Team at the 2016 World Short Course Championships. Realising a childhood dream of wearing the green and gold and representing Australia on the international stage is something I will never forget.
As the team’s Sport Psychologist my role was to provide individual support where needed for athletes and coaches, with a focus on performance, wellbeing and team culture. I also worked with the head coach, providing observations and feedback on athletes, coaches, and team support staff.
As well as giving me the opportunity to wear the green and gold, interacting with some of Australia's elite athletes was something I had always visualised and was a dream come true. But it was the rookie swimmers that made this experience even more special for me. Being present at the Gold Cap presentation to see the rookies get their first Gold Cap and be inducted into the History of Australian Swimming was a surreal experience. Watching these rookie swimmers and knowing that some of these young, up and coming swimmers will be representing Australia at the next Olympics was a highlight in itself.
I have so much to be grateful for and appreciate. Being President and Head coach of the UQ Rugby League Club has definitely taught me a lot. Completing my Masters at UQ and developing my professional networks throughout the program and thereafter has put me in the position I find myself in now. I feel I have grown so much through my experiences at University, not just as a professional, but as a human being.
I have no doubt I would not be afforded these types of opportunities if I had not completed my studies and been doing all the extras. I am truly grateful to all the people that have supported throughout my journey, particularly my family and friends. However, I would like to make special mention to Dr Patsy Tremayne, Dr Glen Newbery, Associate Professor Stephanie Hanrahan, and Nathan Seefeld, as well as, my mentors, David Ballard and Scott Barker. Thank you for your support over the years and helping me realise one of my childhood dreams.
President UQ Rugby League
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