ABC News Matter of Sport
Gayelene shares her thoughts into the importance of mental health in elite sport.
Four Corners feature "After the game"
Basketball legend Lauren Jackson and Psychologist Gayelene Clews talk to ABC's Four Corners on athlete mental health. Full episode available here.
John Coates, AC
President Australian Olympic Committee
Vice-President International Olympic Committee
“Mental illness is a serious topic with potentially devastating consequences and its destigmatisation is a whole community responsibility. Unified praise for ‘Wired to Play’ across both Olympic and Professional sports is testament to its significance in increasing awareness and support for, athlete mental health.”
Coach - Australian Kangaroos, Rugby League World Cup Champions
“A compelling read on the reality of elite sport and mental health. The brave stories and strategies shared by the athletes and coaches in this book will go a long way in reducing the stigma, ignorance and denial associated with talking about mental illness. If our bravest and courageous athletes can seek help, others can too.”
Professor Gordon Parker, AO
Scientia Professor of Psychiatry at the University of NSW; Founding Director Black Dog Institute
“The book masterfully tackles the mental health problems faced by athletes, sophisticatedly dissecting the factors contributing to them and then providing cogent management advice.”
Professor Parker talks about treatment approachments for mood disorders
1960 Olympic 1500m Swimming Champion
"The book really fills a much needed gap Gayelene. It really is fantastic and current and future athletes will benefit from your work."
ABC News Presenter,
Sports: The Ticket
"Hi Gayelene - got your book today: It's sensational, really fabulous"
wired to play In the News
Reviewed by Chris Sheedy FOR:
TRIATHLON 220 (2017)
Competing on the Australian Men's Team
As International Women's Day approached, it was an honour to be included in the recent addition of Triathlon 220's new column (2017): "Where Are They Now". It feels a lifetime ago when I earned my number one world triathlon ranking after winning the USTS event in Chicago, the world's largest triathlon in its day with some 3,000 competitors. I won the women's event, and finished 34th overall. The top Australian Men at the time requested that I be included as a point scorer for the Australian Men's Team as part of the World Cup held in conjunction with the event. We finished second in the men's team event with me as a point scorer, behind the USA and in-front of Canada and Japan.
Women's sport is finally getting the recognition they have always deserved and it is not just on the field. Our women are sports doctors, physiotherapists, sports psychologists, exercise physiologists, biomechanists, massage therapists, nutritionists, sports journalists, coaches and administrators. We have always been there, competing and working in the industry we love.