June 17, 2015
Season 04 Event 05
A somewhat behind the scenes hero, Gary Hermansson has been New Zealand's Team Psychologist at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games since 1998 (and will be in Rio next year), was with the Black Caps for 14 tours, including a World Cup in the West Indies, and with the Central Districts cricket team since 2004. This is just scratching the surface of a career spanning more than 25 years. His experience in the field of sports psychology, and work with individual athletes - from recreational to elite - is unparalleled within New Zealand.
His sports career started with over 100 first class rugby games for Manawatu, NZ universities, Wellington (that beat both the Springboks and the British Lions), and representing New Zealand in the U23 cricket team. Gary has been through the challenges that the athletes experience. Drawing on knowledge from his involvement in social work, psychotherapy, counselling and sports psychology, he has published numerous books and journal articles and is the current Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. The work he does with athletes in sport has relevance for the world of work and for life in general.
Gary's most recent recognition was in the 2015 New Year's Honours List as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the field of Sport Psychology.
Thanks to Brad Boniface Photography.