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The relationship between competitive anxiety and performance amongst elite competitive surfers
Paper presented at the 2006 Commonwealth Games International Sports Psychology Conference, Melbourne Australia
Ben holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist, specialising in psychometric assessment, assessment/development centres, executive coaching and career transition/outplacement. He is the General Manager of OPRA Australia and oversees seven offices across the country in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin and Newcastle.
Ben commenced his career in clinical counselling and behaviour management, before moving into Industrial/Organisational Psychology. His work experience has spanned Australia and Asia, having worked for one of Asia’s largest executive search and consulting firms.
Ben’s passion for Industrial/Organisational Psychology has seen him become a thought leader in the field and this has culminated in him being recognised for Business Excellence by the NSW Business Chamber. Ben is also a noted speaker within the Industrial/Organisational Psychology field and the following provides a brief overview of his recent commitments:
- Guest Lecturer at The University of Newcastle on Industrial/Organisational Psychology
- Presentations at the Australian Psychological Society’s Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conferences
- Committee Member of Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)
- Accredited Trainer and Assessor for the globally recognised Psytech Psychometric Accreditation Certificate
Ben is an avid athlete, with a lifelong passion for rugby, surfing, and golf. His interest in sports psychology saw him conduct one of the most detailed research studies on competitive anxiety amongst professional surfers, which was later presented at the Commonwealth Games Sport Psychology Conference.
When not engaging in his passion for organisational psychology, Ben’s main love is his family who enjoy an active lifestyle and can often be found surfing their local beach together.