An informal Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology: aspasp meeting in Sevilla as we plan for a more exciting future. Watch this space!

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President Zhang Li-Wei kickstarts our ASPASP Symposia at the 14th ISSP World Congress

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Peter Terry with the bible of sport psychology! Find out the secrets of sport psychology in Asia and the South Pacific and download the free ebook at Or if you're in Sevilla, come join us for the 1st ASPASP Symposium at the ISSP World Congress.

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The 14th ISSP World Congress is about to begin!

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The International Society of Sport Psychology will be organising the 14th World Congress of Sport Psychology from 10 to 14 July 2017 in Sevilla, Spain. ASPASP will be presenting 3 symposia - we hope to see you there!

A sport psychology collaboration in Singapore…/spore-shooting-association-par…

SINGAPORE – The Singapore Shooting Association (SSA) signed a partnership with SIM University (UniSIM) on Wednesday (Mar 8) that will see the educational institution’s psychology department conduct a four-year study on the national sports association's shooters, with the aim of improving their perfo...

1) What made you decide to take up Sport Psychology as a career?
I used to be in track and field and was a long jumper and sprinter. Unfortunately, I was one of those who did well in training but could never replicate the same distance/timing in competitions. So I wondered what was wrong with me and did my research and discovered sport psychology! From the moment I read my first sport psychology book, Terry Orlick’s In Pursuit of Excellent, I knew I wanted to be a sport ...psychologist and worked hard to get into the Psychology program at National University of Singapore, before going to Australia to do my Masters at University of Western Australia. Ever since then, I’ve been working with Singapore’s finest athletes and it’s been an honour.
2) What is it like being a new member on this MC?
Everyone’s really nice and friendly! I especially enjoy meeting up with everyone during our MC meetings and sharing new ideas on how we can grow sport psychology in the region. Our passion brings us together!
3) Congratulations on recently completing your PhD. What was the experience like?
Harrowing!!! Doing a PhD really tested my mental strength and resilience to rise up to challenges and think of creative solutions. I’m so glad it’s finally over, but I’ve learnt so much from doing my PhD – not only in my area of specialization, psychophysiology in peak performance, but also all the other stuff like statistics, APA, presentations, and working with schools.
4) What has been your most memorable experience working as a sport psychologist?
Preparation for the London 2012 Olympics was a highlight in my career that I will always remember. I remember the downs and the disappointments my athletes’ experienced in striving for a qualification place, the preparation camp we organized for them in 2011, and the actual games in 2012. Finally reaching the games after being part of the journey with them in the lead-up years was almost surreal.

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"Rosberg also explained that hiring a sports psychologist was one of the key factors for claiming the Drivers’ World" Championship.…/rosberg-on-life-after-formu…/

Retiring just days after winning his first ever World Championship, Nico Rosberg insisted that he will pursue other ventures now that his career is over...
Dublin footballer Kevin McManamon has described the use of sports psychology in Gaelic games as a “no-brainer” and claimed that critics of the process are “naive”.

Get to know our ASPASP MC Member, Chung Yongchul!

1) What made you decide to take up Sport Psychology as a career?
I was a competitive swimmer when I was young. I used to stress out right before the game and it made me sick for the most part. I wish I could help those who suffer competitive anxiety (I found the term later during my undergraduate years!).


2) What sport did you used to participate in and at what level?
I competed in the 400 meter Individual Medley during the college years. Played tennis for a long time but never went up to the level that Liwei is playing.

3) What are you most famous for?
Most sport psychology researchers and practitioners in Korea know me as the son of Dr. Chung Sr. My father was a pioneer in sport psychology and retired from Seoul National University few years ago. Because of his influence, I would introduced to my professional colleagues as Dr. Chung Jr. That sucks! BTW, I still love my father!

4) What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
My old friend who was a Rabbi gave me a nick name after knowing me for a while. It was 'Mensch' meaning 'uplifting spirit'. I would like to be a person who can lift athletes' spirits.

5) What has been your most memorable experience working as a sport psychologist?
The essence of my job is to help athletes take off. I love watching them grow and flourish.

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How four athletes, none with a personal best quicker than 10 seconds, defeated a host of the world’s fastest sprinters on the biggest stage of all.

Get to know our ASPASP MC Member, Marisa Guinto-Adviento!

1) Firstly, I’m confused. What’s your name? Is it Maria or Marissa??
No one calls me Maria in the Philippines! Maria is a common prefix for Catholics in the Philippines and many Filipinas will turn around if you call me Maria! So yes, people call me by my nickname, “Marissa.”


2) What has been your most memorable experience working as a sport psychologist?
My most memorable experience as a sport psychologist involved working with a professional basketball player who suffered an ACL while he was in college and had difficulty going back to form in time for the professional league. He had difficulty getting drafted in professional basketball as he was considered like “damaged goods” but he managed to be the last pick of that year. He consulted me and agreed to go through a full sport psychology program, in confidence, so that he would not be labeled as “weak” for seeing a psychologist. What was amazing was that at the end of that year, he bagged the “Rookie of the Year” award in professional basketball. From damaged goods to Rookie of the Year! That was truly an amazing journey for him as a player and for me as a sport psychologist.

3) Are there any athletes you admire the most and why?
I have great admiration for our Paralympians and athletes with disabilities because they embody resilience and show us the strength of the human spirit, showing us that nothing can stop us from achieving greatness. I wish there was more publicity for athletes with disabilities, more coverage for Paralympics, more endorsements for them It is just natural for athletes with complete abilities to perform at an elite level, given all the support they get. However, to conquer adversity in the form of physical or mental disability is truly worthy of admiration and emulation.

4) What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I actually have a black belt in Taekwondo, which I took up with my kids! In our country, I was the first mother to get a black belt after just 18 months, becoming even more serious about Taekwondo than my kids. I even skipped a few belts and went on to compete at the national level at the age of 30, getting a gold medal in poomse and a bronze medal in sparring. It was a lot of hard work but very fulfilling!

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