President's Corner

Prof YoungHo Kim

On the behalf of the member of the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP), I sincerely welcome your visit to the website of ASPASP. ASPASP was established in Singapore in 1989, during the 7th World Congress of Sport Psychology. Since its inception, ASPASP has grown steadily, as we have encouraged the development of sport and exercise psychology in many countries within our region. ASPASP now has representation from Australia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

As ASPASP is affiliated to the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP), the truly international flavor of the ASPASP has held eight international congresses, in Melbourne, Australia (1991), Hong Kong (1995), Wuhan, China (1999), Seoul, Korea (2003), Bangkok, Thailand (2007), Taipei, Taiwan (2011), Tokyo, Japan (2014), and Daegu, Korea (2018).

The ASPASP is the only society which was conceived largely to grow the domain of sport and exercise psychology in our region while creating partnerships and a free exchange of knowledge among scholars from the professional community. ASPASP has traditionally focused on research pertaining to improving athletes’ performance with an emphasis on sport psychology and motor control and learning. Since the mid-1990s, however, as the importance of health and wellness has steadily increased in our region, exercise psychology has been paid great attention as a prospective academic discipline.

The ASPASP is currently at a critical turning point with various global demand and challenges, though ASPASP has consistently contributed to achieve the possible outreach and the advancement of sport and exercise psychology across the Asian and South Pacific countries as its imperative. If changes in the external context require an evolution of the system, we must actively respond to the call, rather than try to avoid it. The ASPASP is not afraid of changes. In order to leap forward via change and innovations, all members must be willing to endure potential discomfort and inconveniences and project the fruits of our endeavour into the future.

Thank you.