Webinar – From big wave riders to AFL umpires: 20 years of high-performance psychology

Wednesday 18 September 2019

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What do AFL umpires have in common with big wave riders?

In this webinar, high-performance psychologist and Deakin alumnus, Richy Bennett will share insights from his varied career, exploring psychological challenges, adversities and achievements from the World Surf Tour, Olympic and Paralympic Games campaigns and his recent work with AFL umpires. He will also discuss how you can apply these insights to help you perform at your peak in everyday life.

In Richy's words, 'Activities of passion offer a world of opportunity to evolve our potential for high performance, inner growth and enrichment.'

About the presenter

After beginning his career in community and Indigenous mental health, Deakin alumnus Richy Bennett combined his passions for surfing and psychology to become the first psychologist to consult globally on the World Surf League. From pioneering the field of Surf Psychology and authoring his first book The Surfer's Mind, Richy continued to ride his waves of passion with several senior performance psychology roles in Australian Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games teams.

Richy is currently the AFL Umpires Performance Psychologist, and from his private practice in Jan Juc, he consults locally and globally with entry-level to elite performers in sport, extreme/adventure and artistic pursuits, military, emergency, healthcare, education, career and corporate settings.

A warm and insightful psychologist, mentor and keynote speaker, Richy has also authored two books: The Surfer’s Mind: The complete, practical guide to Surf Psychology and 100 Dawns: A divine entwine of Mother Nature and human nature.

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Wednesday 18 September 2019
12.30pm–1.30 pm