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Michala Bednarikova

Mgr. Michala Bednáriková

Slovak Association of Sport Psychology (SASP)

Candidate for the position of Regular member

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When writing this poster I asked myself, “What shall I write about myself to make it appealing enough to make you consider voting for me?” The approach I decided to take, is to share with you a piece of my personal story, to give you an idea of who I am, and why I do what I do.

My journey toward being applied sport psychology practitioner has not been a straight forward, but I assume that it is the case for many of us. I am coming from Slovakia, a small European country, a country without strong tradition in sport psychology, where sport psychology as a profession is not officially established yet. This means, that it is not enough to follow a way to become a sport psychologist, one needs to be ready to create it. Doing this alone as a young practitioner would be an agonizing and most probably never-ending struggle. I would not be, where I am today, without a support from the supervisors and colleagues, I had the blessing to meet along the way. I will be forever grateful to them for their willingness to share their time with me, as the time we give to others is the most precious of all the things we could ever give to them. They guided me, inspired me and most importantly they gave me a hope. A hope that I can make my dream job become a reality, no matter what background I am coming from. This hope gave me energy to create my way. First, I wrote my master thesis on the topic from sport psychology. Then I have started attending European congresses in 2007. I have been involved in the European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP) since I attended my first ENYSSP annual conference in 2008. Taking is not enough, one should give back too. Therefore I served as a member of ENYSSP MC for two election terms (2011-2015 & 2015-2019). During this period I have created teams that organized two of ENYSSP conferences (2012 & 2017). In 2017 I initiated re-establishment of Slovak association of sport psychology, where I was elected as a president. I am willing to actively take part when necessary, and if needed, also to offer my leadership abilities.

Today I feel, that the next logical step is to start serving in FEPSAC managing council. This would give me a better position to promote sport psychology as applied psychological discipline not only in my country, but I would like to make an extra mile in this matter, and focus on promoting it as well in my region. I am ready to offer my inner drive, goal and solution orientation, applied perspective, structured approach and of course my time.