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Helping beat stress in sports

Saturday April 13, 2019 Written by Published in Sports
John Glassie, sports manager for CISNOC, and sports psychologist Dom Vettise. 19041135 John Glassie, sports manager for CISNOC, and sports psychologist Dom Vettise. 19041135

New Zealand sports psychologist Dom Vettise is on the island to help athletes and coaches during a two-day workshop.


His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science from Otago University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

Vettise has six years of experience and has worked with the New Zealand Black Ferns Rugby Sevens team.

The sports psychology workshop is designed to provide a high-performance culture for athletes to thrive under pressure.

Vettise said: “Learning how to manage stress is a life lesson, it can help with sports performance and with pressure from exams.”

He added: “We want the students to know that having fun is still really important and making sure they are focused on sports and school.”

John Glassie, sports development manager for Cook Islands Sports & National Olympic Committee (CISNOC), said: “We are very excited to see so many wanting to join. The workshop is targeted towards athletes and coaches from national sports federations, so far we have 150 people registered. There will also be some student athletes.

“This is the first of three workshops that CISNOC will be conducting over the next 12 months. Each workshop will be a progression of the first, to improve our knowledge and build a stronger mind-set in the Cook Islands.”

He said the workshops are also a good opportunity for athletes attending the 2019 Pacific Games which will be held in Apia, Samoa in July this year.

Athletes and coaches attending will learn how sports psychology works and what the benefits are.

Glassie said: “They can come away with a basic understanding of how they can help themselves with some mental and practical skills.”

He said in terms of the Cook Islands, mental toughness, building team culture, and understanding mental preparedness is really important.

“This will include techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, visualisations, positive self-talk, goal setting, and reflection.”

The workshops will be held in the Tereora College lecture room. The first workshop was yesterday afternoon, again today from 8am-10am followed by another session at 10:30am-12pm.