Sports Psychology Workshop

 QFA will be hosting a Chelsea Profile PicSports Psychology workshop at 12:00pm on Saturday 10 November, 2018 at Yeronga Park Sports Centre. The session will be run by Sport and Exercise Psychologist Chelsea Carpenter and will focus on prepartion and strategies for peak performance at competitions. The presentation is specifically for senior state squad members and fencers competing in the upcoming national Open & Veteran Championships, however all interested members of the community are welcome to attend. 


Chelsea is a registered performance psychologist who has a great passion for supporting and guiding individuals to achieve peak performance whilst maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. Chelsea is a former elite swimmer who understands the challenges of recovering from injury, performing under pressure, dealing with expectations and staying focused when it counts. Chelsea has unique experience working as a psychologist in high performance sport settings with athletes, coaches and teams, as well as experience in the performing arts sector with dance and musical theatre.

Open & Veteran State Championships

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The State Open and Veteran Championships will be held on Saturday 3 November, 2018 at Yeronga with the first event commencing by 8:00am. Veteran events will be held immediately following the Open events, pending entry numbers.


Full competition details and registration can be accessed here.

Sports Physiotherapy Workshop

Continuing our athlete development workshop series, QFA will be hosting a sports physiotherapy workshop at The Fencing Club, Whites Hill College Hall, Samuel Street, Whites Hill on Thursday, 1 November commencing at 7:00pm. The work shop will be facilitated by Nick Heffernan, Physiotherapist and lifelong fencer.

The presentation will discuss sports injury management, common fencing injuries, the benefit of seeking professional treatment and developing a relationship with your physio, return to exercise and competition following injury. This is aimed at all athletes and people involved in training and sports. The presentation is particularly for the state squad members but all members of the community are welcome to attend.


 Nick fenced in Nick Heffernanthe Sydney 2000 Olympics making the quarterfinals in the men’s epee team event. He represented Australia in the Commonwealth Fencing championships, most notably winning duel gold medals in the individual and team events in 2002. He graduated with a bachelors degree in sports science and a graduate diploma in exercise rehabilitation. Going into completing a masters in physiotherapy. Over the past 10 years he has worked in the public health care system as a physiotherapist. His areas of interest include spinal injury management and out-patient care. In these roles he has been a clinical educator, worked in persistent pain management service, and community based rehabilitation. He has had extensive experience working with soft tissue injury management, return to sport management and rehabilitation following trauma and non-trauma injuries.

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