NS EXCLUSIVE: Sports Psychologist series

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    NS EXCLUSIVE: Tony Glynn – Melbourne Vixens’ Sports Psychologist

    By Ariane Virgona

    This is part one 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.

    The Melbourne Vixens, one of two Victorian SSN teams, found themselves at the bottom of the ladder in 2021, coming off the back of their 2020 Premiership win. Alongside this, the team were amongst the hardest hit in terms of relocating between states and not being able to return home, as Victoria has just come out of what was collectively the longest lockdown in the world.

    Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the team mindset and sports psychology work that was incorporated into the 2020 and 2021 seasons were much different to a typical season. To understand this difference and how the team was supported during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Tony Glynn, Performance and Clinical Psychologist at Fit Mind Consulting, discusses his experiences working closely with the Melbourne Vixens since 2015.

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    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.

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