The physical and mental health benefits of exercise and sports participation are clear. Sport helps to keep Australians fit and healthy. It is the glue for social networks and communities. It both entertains and educates.
Step up to the elite level though, and the picture becomes more complex. There are the highs of winning, the deep bonds of team camaraderie, the buzz of solo achievement. There are also the years of obsessive attention to training and diet, the sacrifice of a ‘normal’ life, the surveillance of sporting regulators, the unwavering scrutiny of fans, the pressures of social media. And when an elite career is over … what comes next?
At this UTSpeaks, you will hear from experts across the elite sporting spectrum as they talk about how to cope when the highs of Olympic competition give way to the lows of retirement; about the importance of nurturing mental health as well as physical prowess; and about having a dual career strategy that pairs elite sporting goals with academic achievement.