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Sport and Mental Health Forum

 *This event is subject to COVID-19 restrictions


In line with the National Mental Health Month's theme this year on 'Mental Health: Post Pandemic Recovery Challenges and Resilience', the Mental Health Foundation Australia has planned a Sport and Mental Health Forum.

The forum will focus on crucial periods for managing mental wellbeing in sport, including:

  • aspiring to transition into elite sport
  • managing injury
  • dealing with external pressures
  • transitioning out of the activity and the limelight
  • building understanding for coaches and parents


Join the 2-hour interactive event, with a great opportunity to network!






Tracy Stockwell OAM     Former Elite Athlete, Vice President -Swimming Australia 

A US Olympic gold medallist (3 gold at LA in 1984) and World Championship gold medallist, Tracy Stockwell (nee Caulkins) has won more US National Swimming Titles than any other female swimmer in history. She is also the only swimmer to have won National Championships and broken American Records in every stroke plus the individual medley.  Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Tracy moved to Australia in 1991 after her marriage to Olympic Medallist, Mark Stockwell.  

Tracy has worked at the Queensland Academy of Sport and in several family businesses including Splash Leisure. Tracy is a founding member and past president of Womensport Queensland, has served on the Board of Queensland Events Corporation, and was the Chair of the Queensland Academy of Sport. She is currently Vice President of Swimming Australia Limited, and Chair of the High Performance Committee. 



Andrew Crowell       Personal Excellence and Wellbeing Manager, Brisbane Lions Football Club 

Andrew Crowell has spent over 20 years in the AFL industry after being drafted by the Adelaide Crows in the year 2000. After 4 years and 44 games as a senior player, Andrew continued his journey in the AFL industry by taking on a role working with homeless youth as Project Manager at the AFL Players charity – Ladder. In 2015 Andrew was employed as Regional Manager at the AFL Players Association, working closely with AFL clubs to refine and enhance the Personal Development and Wellbeing Programs offered to their athletes. After nine months at the AFLPA, Andrew accepted the Personal Excellence and Wellbeing Manager role at the Brisbane Lions.  Andrew has enjoyed 5 years at the Brisbane Lions and has established a successful and respected program. 



Michael Duhig       Educational and Developmental Psychologist – Maverick Psychology & Clinical Research Manager, Centre for Clinical Trials in Rare Neurodevelopmental Disorders, CHQ

Michael Duhig is an Educational and Developmental psychologist plying his trade across both public and private settings at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and Maverick Psychology, respectively. Michael is an active researcher having published several scientific articles ranging from trauma and early psychosis to medicinal cannabis with many articles also presented to national and international audiences. Michael is also the Chair of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists QLD and holds various panel positions across QLD Health and the Queensland University of Technology.     




Annie Flamsteed       Founder & CEO, iNSPIRETEK 

Annie founded iNSPIRETEK, a Brisbane-based tech company that is on a passionate pursuit to improve individual’s wellness. Through her own experience as an elite gymnast, she launched the iNSPIRE Sport platform in 2017 and since then has released major updates to the iNSPIRE Sport Wellness Management System. iNSPIRETEK uses their innovative technology to provide wellness platforms for organisations in numerous industries. Annie is an advocate for holistic wellbeing, putting the human before the athlete - that's why she believes that a healthy body is futile without a healthy mind. She strives to see positive change within the younger generations of sporting clubs and organisations alike. By implementing these core beliefs, iNSPIRE is driving positive human behaviour change, creating the game changers of tomorrow. Annie is currently completing an MBA. 


Will Stockwell        Aspiring Elite Athlete 

At 26 years old, Will has been a competitive swimmer for 8 years. He is a national finalist in swimming in the freestyle and backstroke sprint events. Will has represented Australia at two World University Games and the US Open in sprint freestyle (50m & 100m).

Will is willing to speak openly of his lived experience with the fragility of mental health. He is also keen to share the techniques and practices that he has sought out to help cope with the stresses of not only being an athlete, but also a human being. 





Rachel Jones        Founder & Director, Lift High Performance Consultants 

Rachel has a background in sport and exercise science, and has held roles in strength and conditioning, athlete welfare, tactical training and sports rehabilitation assessment and management, giving her an additional perspective to bring to her psychology work and a special interest in injury rehabilitation and pain management. She has experience working with elite athletes from Australian teams and organisations including Super Rugby, NRL, Wallabies, Queensland Jockeys’ Association, Racing Queensland, Sporting Wheelies, Professional Golfers’ Association of Australia, AIS, Queensland Academy of Sport and more. 

She is currently the lead Sport Psychologist for Gold Coast Suns AFLW Program, Queensland Cricket Women’s Program (Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire), QAS Softball Program and Football Queensland (women’s program). She is also a network provider for the AFL Players’ Association. 



Krishneel Maharaj       Performance Psychologist, Coach & Former Athlete 

Krishneel is in the unique position of having been an athlete in national squads across two sports – athletics and football, a coach with a Masters in Sports Coaching, and a Performance Psychologist.  

As a Performance Psychologist at The Mind and Movement Company, Krishneel works at the intersection of wellbeing and high performance, supporting athletes and teams from a range of sports in Australia and internationally, both at the grass roots and elite level. He was Team Fiji’s Psychologist at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and has continued in that role for the Tokyo 2020/21 Olympic Games.   Krishneel has an acute understanding of Mental Health within the sporting landscape; he has a “lived experience” of performance anxiety during his time as an athlete and has supplemented his experience as a Football Coach by joining the wellbeing subcommittee of Football Coaches Australia (FCA). 




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