Paul Penna

Paul Penna

Sports Psychologist

Paul Penna is a recognised Sport Psychologist, having worked with many of Australia’s top sports people and teams. Paul is the Sport Psychologist for the Australia Swim Team. He worked on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team, the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Team, as well as the 2004, 2005 and 2007 World Swimming Championship Teams.

Paul has developed a successful business, Focus Performance Psychology, which assists individuals and teams to obtain peak performances. His clients include professional athletes and sporting teams, motor sport athletes, corporate executives and teams, performers and aspiring champions.

Paul was the Senior Sport Psychologist at the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) during 2006-07. He commenced working at the Institute in 2001 and was principally focused on assisting athletes and programs perform on the highest level possible, whether that was at State, National, Commonwealth Games, World Championships or Olympics and Paralympics.

Paul is a fully Registered Psychologist with specialise tertiary training in Sport Psychology and over 15 years of experience competing, coaching and working within many different levels of sport.

FOCUS Performance Psychology’s Sport Psychologists work with Individuals and Teams to achieve

  • Performance enhancement and mental skills (e.g. goal setting, imagery, confidence)
  • Anxiety management and relaxation
  • Concentration and mental preparation
  • Stress and time management
  • Team building and leadership
  • Communication skills
  • Travel skills
  • Debriefing and program evaluation
  • Recovery and restoration
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Psychological assessment
  • Video analysis of sporting emotions and performances

Extra support for individuals or teams:

  • Depression
  • Over training and burnout
  • Conflict resolution
  • Weight management and health behaviours
  • Career transitions
  • Grief and loss (e.g. de-selection and retirement)
  • Balancing sport and study, employment and/or family life