23 May 2013
University of the Sunshine Coast sport and exercise psychologist Dr Lisa Martin has travelled to Berlin this week after being recently appointed the Lead Psychologist for the Australian Paralympic swim team.
The team, which includes nine support staff and nine athletes, is in Berlin for the German Nationals to be held from 23-26 May.
As Lead Psychologist, Dr Martin is responsible for the provision of psychological services and any additional support required by the swimmers during the time they are away.
“I am excited about this role,” she said. “I love my job and find every element of it both satisfying and rewarding.
“The team is full of talented athletes and it is a pleasure to provide them with support and encouragement for their ongoing success.”
The new role will see Dr Martin attend, where possible, all international swim meets in which the Australian Paralympic team competes. The meets include the world swimming championships in August this year at Montreal, Canada.
After her time with the team in Berlin, Dr Martin will visit the Cologne-based German Sports University with the aim of further strengthening USC’s relationship with this impressive institution.
Here she will meet with a variety of like-minded academics to investigate potential future research collaborations.
— Jessica Halls