What did Michael Phelps mean when he wondered why some of our Aussie swimming champions were struggling? Why do some athletes nail it in training and then flounder on the day?  It’s well known that there is a significant psychological component of performance. However, many athletes are not aware of the specific skills they can employ to reach optimal performance, and how to effectively integrate them into their training regime.

Join Sport and Performance Psychologist Michael Inglis and Performance Psychologist Marina Mateos for a not to be missed day for any athlete or coach wanting to take it to the next level.

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Higher Performance: Mental Skills to reach Optimal Performance

Class Schedule

·       This class takes place from 10-5 on Sunday 23rd October 2016

·       The schedule is 6 x 1-hour presentations. You can mix and match! Stay for the day or stay for a couple, the choice is yours.


Class Timetable

10am: Goal getting

11am: Optimal arousal

12pm: Routines

2pm: Self-talk

3pm: Control the Controllables

4pm: Visualisation


About The Classes


Goal-getting is one of the most effective peak performance skills you can learn as an athlete.  It will have an immediate impact on how you approach your training preparation and competition. In this workshop, you will define your long-term goals and decide what you need to put in place in order to achieve a goal of great magnitude. By engaging in this process you will increase your motivation by feeling that each session has a specific purpose. You will learn to reflect on how you are progressing as an athlete and what changes you need to apply to continue your development. This will ultimately increase your confidence in your ability as an athlete and provide pit stops to see how you improve along the way.



Your arousal level is your level of emotional, physical and mental readiness. Do you find that you have too much energy, which makes you feel too nervous and accelerated at times? Or is it too little energy and feeling flat? Each athlete has an optimum arousal level to perform at his or her best. This workshop will provide tools to understand what is your optimal level of energy and how to regulate your arousal level to suit the demands of training or competition. You will also learn how to manage the influence of external factors on your arousal level for optimal performance.



Do you train better than compete? Are you looking for more consistency in your performance? Enhancing your awareness about how negative self-talk influences your actions and sporting performance is crucial to changing unhelpful habits. Negative thoughts themselves are not the problem, instead how we interact with thoughts can become problematic when it strongly influences our actions. In this workshop you will learn strategies to manage negative self-talk to allow you to focus on the necessary actions to become a more consistent performer.


Performance Anxiety is a significant presentation in performance psychology, and this is highlighted further in closed skills performances where athletes have to narrow in on a specific skill execution. Having both a mental routine as well as a physical routine allows athletes to focus on what is most important (executing the skill), not allowing distractions to interfere and reduce anxiety. Routines allow the athlete to feel a sense of calm to perform at their peak and enjoy the satisfaction in executing what they have put hours of practice in.



A catch phrase used by coaches and support staff is “control what you can control” but what exactly are they talking about here? This session will break down what it really is specifically that athletes can control, but just as importantly, what are the factors can they impact. It further assists negative self-talk and performance anxiety to understand what is NOT in your control to prevent wasting mental energy on these areas.



Imagery has been a utilized mental skill for many athletes, but how do athletes start this mental rehearsal for their sport? This session will allow athletes to learn introductory exercises for imagery & visualization, followed by how they can execute it specifically for their sport. Participants will take away four types of imagery skills including mastery, overcoming barriers and healing imagery for the injured athletes.