Power Up! @ Gymnastics Australia

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Recently we told you about Power Up! during the Football United Camp. This time, was Gymnastics Australia turn.

Video of Session one of Power Up!

Quirky Kid was invited to facilitate two sessions of Power Up! during the The Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) preparation camp for Rhythmic Gymnastics young athletes and their coaches. They are preparing for the sixth edition of the AYOF will be held from 16 – 20 January 2013, once again in Sydney. This will be the biggest and best AYOF to date providing an Olympic like experience for 1700 athletes from 30 nations.

The Sport Program Manager for Gymnastics Australia,Emily Rennes who commissioned the workshop, is determined to offer these young athletes with the required Performance Psychology skills required to take each one to the next level.

We were impressed with the determination and focus of each of these young athletes during the session one of the Power Up Program held at L’Elfin Gymnastics Club which is in Sutherland during the 15/16th of December.

Psychologist Belinda Jones and Quirky Kid will return, this time to State Sport Centre in Sydney Olympic Park to complete session two of the Power Up! program.

We will post another update once it is completed.

If you could like to find out more about Power Up!, please visit our workshop page where you can download a brochure. You can give us a call on 02 9362 9297 to schedule an intro session as well.

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Power Up! @ Football United

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Not so long ago, we launched the Power Up program during the Football United Camp – The 2012 Challenge Camp. The Quirky Kid Team was honored to be part of this event and to share with participants our new program.

The video below shows a bit more of the event and the activities we completed.

Participants eagerly completed a range of paper-based and activity-based exercises to explore the key principals of performance psychology, like goal setting, imagery, self-talk, etc. Our team, including Psychologist Belinda Jones, Psychologist Kimberley O’Brien, Social Developer Leonardo Rocker all completed multiple activities with individual groups.

Soon you will also have the opportunity to listen to inspiring stories by young people we interviewed during the event, so stay tuned!

As you may already know, Football United has recently released a research demonstrating the positive personal, social and community benefits of participating in regular training, leadership opportunities and educational opportunities with Football United. The report was presented by UNSW Chancellor, Mr. David Gonski AC. The research was undertaken by Sally Nathan, Anne Bunde-Birouste, Lynn Kemp, Clifton Evers, Julie McKenzie and Tun Shwe.

The Football United team sent us a big thank you certificate – thank you guys – Quirky Kid is thrilled to have had the opportunity to play a small part.

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The Best of Friends @ TIGS

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Recently, the Quirky Kid Clinic worked with school staff and students at the Illawarra Grammar School in Wollonong  to facilitate the popular ‘The Best of Friends ™’ in the classroom setting.

Illawarra Grammar School in Wollonong - The Best of Friends Program

The 6 weeks program covered areas such as Making Friends, Social Skills, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking in friendships. 

Students participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and presentations while discussing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.

Each child was given a “Quirky Kid Tool Kit” including materials for the day as well as making use of the Quirky Kid Resources. We are very satisfied with parental and school feedback on the positive outcomes the workshop has achieved so far.

Illawarra Grammar School in Wollonong  staff were incredible supportive and showed great commitment toward students social development.

  • If you would like some information on ‘The Best of Friends™ workshop for your child’s classroom, please contact us on 02 9362-9297
  • This program has been present in many schools around Sydney like Moriah CollegeSt Thomas, St Catherine’s School and others. We also run our workshops in Sydney, Wollongong, and Melbourne.



Quirky Kid Hub!

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

You’re invited to be part of our QK community! Professionals Space for lease in Woollahra

Quirky Kid has grown and we have expanded our Sydney office and Austinmer office to better accomodate our team and better service our clients. As we focus more on narrowing our expertise and doing more of the things we do best, we would like to call on other professionals to compliment our services, by sharing our space and offering more to our clients.

So today, we announce the creation of the Quirky Kid Hub! The Hub is a shared professional space where creative and talented individuals work independently while surrounded by opportunities to collaborate! We welcome you to make the most of our clinical and creative space to offer consultation, host events or something similar – We are open to ideas!

Who can join the Quirky Kid Hub?

  • Non-competitive service providers;
  • Professionals in need of casual or semi-permanent consulting space in Sydney (Woollahra) or Austinmer;
  • Organisations in need of inspiration and access to creative space.
  • Facilitators in need of workshop space.

What are the benefits of Quirky Kid Hub?

  • You will have access to inspiring, newly furnished and air conditioned work space.
  • Choice of private office or shared desks;
  • Casual and flexible arrangements;
  • Participate in cutting edge professional development opportunities offered by Quirky Kid staff or other Hub Members.

If this sounds like something you would like to be part of, please give us  a call on 02 9362 9297 to discuss your needs further.

The Quirky Kid Hub is not for you? We also currently have employment opportunities available and would love to hear from you! Please visit our employment pages for more information on how to apply.


Power Up! @ Ed. & Dev. Conference 2012

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Updated: Conference details, pictures, and link to the article.
Come and join Quirky Kid and Psychologist Belinda Jones, at the 2012 Educational and Developmental Psychology Conference for a great preview our new program Power Up! Yes, we are thrilled that our program was accepted as a paper presentation for the 2012 conference.

Last year, we were again rewarded with Kimberley’s presentation during the 2011 conference. This makes us proud as we are keen to contribute with the Educational and Developmental field with innovative tools and resources

Below you can enjoy the abstract of the presentation. Belinda Jones, Psychologist, and Author as well as Quirky Kid’s Director, Leonardo Rocker will be available after the presentation to answer questions and comments.


You can now view the slides we presented during the conference below. For your convenience, we have also created a pdf of the Article.

We were welcomed by a fantastic crowd during the conference. Belinda presented the many aspects of performance psychology for your people, drawing on great examples relating to achieving peak performance. We enjoyed answering questions from other delegates at the ACER stand.

The best news has come from Gymnastic Australia that has now confirmed Power Up as their program of choice for young performers. We will provide more information about this great development soon.

If you have any questions about Power Up! please contact us on 02 9362 9297 to arrange a demonstration.

Download a fact-sheet about Power Up! here  

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