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Community Engagement

Mental Fitness Program

Engaging with sporting and school-based communities to promote positive psychology strategies and improve wellbeing

The AIS has partnered with the Black Dog Institute to deliver the Mental Fitness Program to participants in years 7-10 across Australia.

This program provides current and former elite athletes opportunities to engage with sporting and school-based communities to promote positive psychology strategies and improve wellbeing outcomes for young people.

Presentations can be delivered face-to-face or via webinar. Mental Fitness is an interactive 30-minute presentation that helps young people to: learn the importance of mental fitness; be shown practical ways to build their mental strength, flexibility and endurance; and take part in activities that can help improve overall wellbeing and resilience. This presentation also encourages young people to participate in the Mental Fitness Challenge on the Bite Back website.

The Bite Back Mental Fitness Challenge aims to help young people improve their mental fitness, increase their happiness, reduce stress, improve friendships and focus. The challenges are made up of 6 weekly individual challenges that give participants the opportunity to test out positive psychology techniques.

Request a free presentation delivered by an elite athlete.

Athlete Ambassadors - Expression of Interest

The AIS is seeking expressions of interest from Australian categorised and alumni athletes to be ambassadors for the Mental Fitness Program for 2021-22.

You are encouraged to read about the program and must advised and consult with your Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement Provider prior to applying.

Expectations as an ambassador include:

1. Contacted for a seven month period
2. Attend two Black Dog Institute online training sessions held November 2021 (Dates TBC)
3. Complete 12 (45 minutes) presentations within the sporting and schooling sector
4. Complete semi-regular brief evaluations provided through a digital platform

Ambassadors will be remunerated $4,000 for their commitment.

Applications close Sunday 3 October 2021.

Apply here.

2020-21 Mental Fitness Program Presenters


For further information about this program or opportunities to be involved please contact

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