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Mental Health in Professional Sports Evening

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Join us for an evening discussing mental health in professional sports with insights from psychologists, athletes and researchers.

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Join us for an evening discussing mental health in professional sports. We will be joined by Rugby 7's star Alex Davis, Ospreys Rugby Sports Psychologist Professor Steve Mellalieu, Swim England's Hannah Stoyel and Optimise Potential's Alex Stoyel and Serena MacLeod for short talks about their experiences, followed by a panel discussion. This event gives a chance for the audience to ask questions and really delve into the topic.

Alex Davis

England 7's star, Alex, started his career at Clifton Rugby Club aged 6 and went on to represent England at U16 and U19 level. In 2014 he signed an England Sevens contract and made his HSBC World Series debut in the Gold Coast that October.

In late 2015 he lost his father after a shock diagnosis of ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukaemia) having thought his Dad's trip to the doctor was about to result in an "all clear" after his 5 year battle with prostate cancer. This happened when Alex's career as a Rugby player - a dream of both his and his dads - was starting to take-off.

Instead, an emotional breakdown and depression came upon Alex. However he battled through to be chosen for the 12-man travelling squad for the Olympic Games in 2016, but unfortunately due to injury, was unable to compete. Following intense rehabilitation he was part of the England squad that won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and was also in the team that secured silver at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco in July 2018.

Alex is an ambassador for mental health and has been part of the Daddy Issues Podcast giving insight into the father/son relationship and stigmas and taboo's around ideas of masculinity.

Professor Steve Mellalieu

Steve is currently the Osprey's Rugby Sports Psychologist and is also Professor in Sport Psychology and the Associate Dean for Research for the Cardiff School of Sport.

Steve offers incredible insights into the mental strain of playing professional rugby but also the tax on younger players with their sights set on stardom, who may not make it to the top levels.

Hannah Stoyel

Hannah is an HCPC registered Sport Psychologist and the founder of the London-based Sport and Exercise Consultancy, Optimise Potential. Alongside her private practice, she is the lead Sport Psychologist for Swim England and is a Sport Psychologist in the Women's Super League at Reading FC Academy.

Hannah is also currently a PhD candidate at University College London (UCL), researching athletes and eating disorders. (www.optimisepotentialsport.com)

Serena MacLeod

Serena is a performance psychologist located in London, United Kingdom. She works with individuals, teams and groups providing psychological support via one on one consultations remotely and in person, as well as educational workshops. She has experience working in various sport and exercise settings including BMX, football, swimming, trap shooting, wheelchair tennis, blind tennis, cycling and rehabilitative exercise programs. She chose to pursue her career as a sport psychologist based on her experience playing football as a youth at an elite level. Serena has a passion for all sports and is a inclusive sport advocate.

Alex Stoyel

Alex has a Masters in Psychology from the University of Westminster and is currently undertaking his MSc in Sport Psychology at the University of Roehampton. As a former high-level swimmer, sport has always been a passion for Alex. After a decade-long corporate career, primarily in management consultancy, Alex is excited to finally be involved in the world of sport.

Alex brings with him a wealth of presentation and analysis experience, but he is most excited to use his proven problem-solving skills to help individuals rather than corporations.

Alex is also curious about the underlying psychological theory, and his primary area of research is on performance under pressure, with a particular interest in the phenomenon of “choking”.

*This event is part of the Dear World Project Exhibition - www.dearworldproject.org

*All proceeds will go to charities supporting people with poor mental health

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