NS EXCLUSIVE: Leah Fogarty – VNL Sports Psychologist
By Ariane Virgona
This is part two of a two-part interview series that covers discussions with sports psychologists about peak performance and the impacts of Covid within Suncorp Super Netball and the Victorian Netball League.There is no doubt that the last two years have called on great resilience and poise from athletes, coaches, and umpires and has also starkly reminded us of the vital role mindset plays in consistent peak performance.
Training to perform at the elite level of netball requires not only physical training and refinement but also mental. Helen Housby put it aptly in the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball grand final pre-game interview: “If we show up and bring our best game, we can beat anyone, it is more mindset than anything. It is nothing physical. It is how you show up on the day, trusting the processes and sticking to game plan, that is when we will win it”. But knowing how to get there can sometimes be difficult and requires drawing on many different resources.
While we understand that Suncorp Super Netball athletes engage in building a performance mindset, it is less well known that the Australian Netball League and the Victorian Netball League (VNL) also focus on mindset by working with sports psychologists.