APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists

APS College Award of Distinction

The APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists has granted an Award of Distinction to candidate of exceptional merit since 2005, in recognition of the importance and significance of an individual's contribution to the specialist field of sport psychology, and for significant contributions to the College over a number of years.



Year  Recipient   
 2005 Jeffrey Bond   
 2006 Tony Morris
 2007 Patsy Tremayne
 2008 Sandy Gordon
 2009 John Gross

Stephanie Hanrahan 


Michael Fox 



Jeff Bond (2005)

Jeff Bond started his professional life in physical education, having graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1965 and teaching at secondary and tertiary level for many years. He retrained as a psychologist, completing a BA (Psychology), and BEd (Educational Psychology) from Monash University and an MA (Sport Psychology) from the University of Alberta in 1979. He became a member of the APS and a registered psychologist in 1981, and worked briefly in private practice before taking the position of Head of Sport Psychology at the Australian Institute of Sport in 1982, a position he held for more than 21 years until 2004. Jeff was the first sport psychologist appointed to the Australian Olympic team for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 and the first for a Winter Games in Calgary in 1988. Further appointments followed for the Summer Games of Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000); and the Winter Games of Albertville (1992), Lillehammer (1994), and Nagano (1998) – nine Olympic Games in total. 

Along the way, Jeff has played a significant role in helping to establish sport psychology as a credible profession. In 1983, he co-convened the first National Sport Psychology Conference in Canberra, and in 1986 became the inaugural President of the Australian Applied Sport Psychology Association, serving for four years in that capacity. In 1992, he became a Foundation Member of the Executive Committee of the APS College of Sport Psychologists, and served as Chair of CoSP from 1994-1999. In 2000, he was elected as a Fellow of the APS and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal. The longevity of his tenure at the AIS is ample confirmation of the enduring credibility he has managed to establish with generations of athletes and coaches.

Jeff's contribution to Australian sport psychology, and to the College, were recognised in his receipt of the College's initial Award of Distinction in 2005.


Tony Morris (2006)

Professor Tony Morris has been a full member of the APS since 1990 and became a Fellow in 2000. He was a driving force in the establishment of the APS College of Sport Psychologists in 1991 and served a 4-year term as Foundation Chairperson. He remained on the College Executive in a variety of key positions for around 15 years.  

Tony has also been a towering presence in the broader sport psychology community. It is difficult to summarise the contents of his 82-page CV succinctly, but the bare facts are more than 200 publications, including 10 books and monographs; nearly 30 years of University teaching in sport psychology; dozens of higher degree theses supervised, including 18 PhDs; more than $3.5 million in funding for research and research training; and a record of involvement in national and international committees that leaves most of his peers fatigued just thinking about it. To name just a few, he has been on the Managing Council of the International Society of Sport Psychology (2001-2005), President of the Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (2001-2005) and Chair of the Organising and Scientific Committees for the 2005 ISSP World Congress in Sport Psychology, held in Sydney.

Tony was a worthy recipient of the COSP Award of Distinction in 2006.


Patsy Tremayne (2007)

Associate Professor Patsy Tremayne has been a full member of the APS for approximately 20 years and became a foundation member of the APS College of Sport Psychologists (CoSP) in 1991. She remained on the CoSP Executive in a variety of positions for most of the next 16 years, notably with a responsibility for professional development issues. Additionally, she was Chair of the NSW section of CoSP almost continuously from 1997 to 2008, and was a driving force behind the establishment of the Sydney Sport Psychology Interest Group.


Patsy Tremayne has had a long and distinguished career combining sport and psychology, beginning as an international athlete and Commonwealth Games medallist, then as an international coach, before becoming one of Australia’s first PhD graduates in sport psychology in 1990, a much sought after consultant to Australian sporting teams, director of the specialist masters program at UWS from 1998, and a tireless administrator on behalf of CoSP.  

Patsy has co-authored more than 20 publications, including several papers in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, which has an impact factor of 2.58. She also has held several prestigious positions in the international arena, for example, currently as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and previously as a member of the Organising and Scientific Committees for the 2005 ISSP World Congress in Sport Psychology.  

Patsy was a worthy recipient for our College for 2007.



Sandy Gordon (2008)

Sandy Gordon became a member of the College in 1994, and served as National Chair for two terms, from 1998 to 2002. He also served as Chair of the WA Section of COSP from 1996-2002, and has returned as a member of the National Committee in 2008. He was National Chair at the time of the successful bid to host the International Society of Sport Psychology’s (ISSP) 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Australia’s second ever World Psychology Congress, and was an member of the Conference Organising Committee for the event, which was held in Sydney in 2005.   

In addition to his work with COSP, Sandy has made a significant contribution to the activities of the APS, and was elected to Fellowship of the Society in 2004. He was a member of the WA branch of the APS from 1994 to 2003 and was part of the Organising Committee for the 2003 Annual APS Conference. He was a founder member of National Executive Committee of the APS Interest Group in Coaching Psychology (IGCP) from 2002 to 2004, and served on the WA IGCP Committee during the same period. Since 1994 he has conducted at least one PD activity each year to local or National members of either CoSP or IGCP.   

Sandy has made a substantial contribution to the discipline and practice of sport psychology. In his role at the University of Western Australia, he has taught numerous undergraduate and postgraduate classes in exercise and sport psychology and has been actively involved in fostering the research of Honours, Masters, and Doctoral students. He has demonstrated considerable expertise and scholarship in the area of Exercise and Sport Psychology. He has authored or co-authored one co-edited book, 21 book chapters, 60 articles for publication in refereed and non-refereed/professional journals, three major book reviews, 25 conference publications, 70 conference presentations, and 35 invited keynote addresses. In addition, he has authored or co-authored 10 funded and 15 unfunded grant proposals, is a regular reviewer for 11 periodicals, and serves on Editorial Boards of two others.  

Since 1987 Sandy has coordinated and taught education programs for community and elite coaches and psychologists in Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UK and Zimbabwe as well as in Australia.    


John Gross (2009) 

John’s contribution to the discipline and practice of sport psychology began in 1982, when he took up a lectureship as a foundation member in Sports Studies at the then Canberra CAE.  He then began a long-term professional relationship with staff at the Australian Institute of Sport, which included co-organising the first sport psychology conference to be held in Australia, in 1983.


John became a member of the College on its inception, and served on the National Committee for over a decade. He held the role of Convenor of the College’s Course Approvals Committee for several terms, and led the identification and development of the specialisation’s competencies, which served as the basis of the curriculum for accredited postgraduate programs, and which were subsequently utilised by the International Society for Sport Psychology (ISSP) in its own publication of competencies for the profession. 


John has demonstrated his considerable expertise and scholarship in sport psychology through over 50 international or national level publications and over 80 presentations.  His specialist research interest is in coaching behaviours, for which he was awarded an Australian Sports Commission Applied Sports Research Grant.  Other research interests include sports attributions, with one co-authored paper on perceptions of causality in sport cited by the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology as a modern classic in sport psychology literature.


John was responsible for the development and teaching of the first Australian distance education subject in sport psychology through the Central Queensland University, and delivered a sport psychology subject intensively at the Hong Kong Institute in the 1990’s. John was an invited speaker to the 2001 International Sport Science Conference in Bangkok, and presented at the 2001 and 2005 ISSP World Sport Psychology Congresses.  In addition to regular contributions at APS Conferences John has been invited to speak at several Australian Coaching Council Conferences and served as session chair on many occasions for various sport psychology symposiums and fora. 


The College is delighted to honour John through its Award of Distinction for 2009, which was announced at the College's Annual General Meeting on 16 October 2009.



Stephanie Hanrahan (2010)

Stephanie originally came to Australia to take up a scholarship in sport psychology at The University of Western Australia, and completed the first PhD in sport psychology to be conferred in Australia. After a brief stint at Otago University in New Zealand, she took up a position in the Schools of Human Movement Studies and Psychology at The University of Queensland, where she is now an Associate Professor and the director of the sport and exercise psychology program - one of Australia’s two accredited postgraduate sport psychology programs.  A member of the College of Sport Psychologists since its inception, Stephanie has served on the College’s national committee for much of the past two decades, including extended terms as treasurer, and as representative to Sports Medicine Australia’s Council of Disciplines. She has represented the College on the organising and scientific committees of the annual Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport for much of the past 15 years, and was a member of the organizing committee for the International Society of Sport Psychology’s World Congress in Sydney in 2005. Stephanie’s contribution to the scientific foundations of sport psychology is remarkable. She has published 8 books, 22 book chapters, 44 refereed research articles, and over 40 applied articles, and has been the recipient of 18 grants. She served as Editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology from 2006 to 2009, and was appointed to the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and The Sport Psychologist.  

Stephanie’s commitment to the psychology profession has also been evident through the breadth of her practice and community engagement. As a registered psychologist, her clients have included individuals and teams from all levels of sport (both able-bodied and disabled), Aboriginal performing artists, Mexican orphans, and teenagers living in poverty. She has also delivered hundreds of presentations to community clubs and organisations. 


The College thanks Associate Professor Stephanie Hanrahan for her ongoing contribution to APS, CoSP and the industry in general, and congratulates her on being the recipient of the 2010 APS Award of Distinction. The Award was announced at the 2010 CoSP AGM held on 13th July 2010.



Michael Fox (2013)

Michael N. Fox, a sports psychologist based in Queensland, runs an international practice with the elite in sport and business. American-born, Michael is a graduate of UCLA. After serving as a captain in the United States Air Force, he worked as an academic for 15 years before entering private practice. He has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, and has been involved as the psychological consultant on film projects. Michael has served on the boards of public companies, as state Chair of the College of Sports Psychology at the Australian Psychological Society, and as a consultant specialising in strategic planning and human resource issues with prominent businesses and organisations worldwide. What brings continuity to all that he does is a primary focus on performance – he loves getting the best out of people. Michael is the powerhouse performance specialist behind numerous successful sporting figures including Davis Cuppers from four different countries, tour golfers, Olympians and others. He also works with the elite in business, both in Australia and beyond.  

Michael was born in Los Angeles into a tennis family (his brother played Davis Cup for the United States). He started university on a tennis scholarship and switched to UCLA with a National Science Foundation research stipend where he graduated in the Honours program in psychology. While playing tennis and studying, Michael became interested in the relationship between performance and stress. After graduation, Michael served as a Captain in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict where he observed first-hand the relationship between stress and performance in a totally different domain. Michael came to Australia as a Research Scholar at the Australian National University where he tutored and conducted research into aspects of performance and stress. After leaving ANU, Michael lectured in the Department of Psychology for 12 years at what is now the University of Southern Queensland. During this time, he also developed an eclectic performance practice that went international in 1984.  

In 1984, Michael was contracted to be the sports psychology consultant on a film about American superstar John McEnroe. This project, run through the French kept Federation of Tennis, ended when John McEnroe dramatically self-destructed that year in Sweden. With a film crew on hand, the group filmed Pat Cash instead and, after his win at Wimbledon in 1987, the film ("No Second Prize") was released. At that time, Michael began working with one of the French players. After leaving his position at the University, Michael worked as the Sports Psychology Consultant at the Australian Sports Medicine Federation Clinic in Brisbane where his clients included top athletes in a range of sports. He also began writing for tennis Magazine, Golf Digest, and newspapers. He toured extensively overseas with professional tennis players and golfers. Michael has had enviable success working with major Australian and international corporations, where he has helped individuals and groups identify primary goals and harness their true potential.

The College thanks Michael Fox for his contribution to the industry, and congratulates him on being the recipient of the 2013 APS Award of Distinction.