John Novak - Sports Motivator
UNSW (Sydney Australia)
LLB- Sydney University
MA- George Washington University, USA
Throughout the nineties John Novak was a familiar
face in the media.
of people across Australia got in shape with John
every morning on Good Morning Australia. Or perhaps
they worked out with him in the flesh in one of over
5000 aerobics classes he taught in that time. Or perhaps
they participated at home while watching one of his
400,000 Aussie Fit videos.
has an inspiring background with 3 academic degrees,
a third dan black belt, and known as the man who defeated
Dolph Ludgren who played Drago from Rocky
5 in a Karate tournament.
is the co-author of Alive and Kicking
and has over the last 14 years worked as a Sports
Motivator/Mind Trainer for Elite Athletes who have
earned National, International, Commonwealth and Olympic
his role as a speaker, Johns clients include
some of Australias leading businesses
such as Ernst & Young, Law Australia, Coca Cola,
MBF, Hooker Real Estate, Reebok and Telstra. See Background
John works as a Sports Motivator/Mind Trainer for
numerous Professional Golfers one of which plays in
the LPGA in the US. John also coaches a crop of talented
junior golfers at the state and national level in
Australia. See golf section for further details.
John works as a Life trainer/Achievement coach. David
Humphries, a Sulman Award Winner and an internationally
recognised artist, is one of Johns many clients.
John assisted David in 2003 to reinstate the historic
Peace, Justice and Unity Mural on the corner of Pitt
and Park st. Sydney Australia. For a glimpse of Davids
work see the website publicartsquad.com
Life Trainer for further details.
Glimpse a Champions Mind game
do Thorpe, Hewitt, Phelps, Woods, Ali, Jordan, Beachley,
and Kelly Slater have in common?
enormous raw talent but unquestionably a superior
mind game. At the top level, the key ingredient of
success is having the right mind game. No debate exists
here amongst elite athletes.
a sneaky peak into 'cutting edge' thinking of a champ.
Find out what goes on in the champions mind from the
man who has been working with World Champions for
Novak, a Sports Motivator, has literally created hundreds
of personalised mind game strategies for National,
International, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Game
athletes in sports as diverse as, boxing, tennis,
soccer to Golf.
makes a living from simply explaining the most complex
Zen/Eastern philosophies. The power of positive thinking
is just the 'tip of the iceberg' of what goes on in
the mind of a champion.
alertness; speed at an Elephants pace; cup the water
and you will succeed; the answers lie within, just
get out of your own way; there are no mistakes, only
opportunities; it's the process not the goal that
must be mastered; all moments are interconnected.
are just some of concepts John conveys in an entertaining
and motivating style to his illustrious clientele.
of Australia's finest female golfers, Wendy Doolan,
who makes her living on the hardest competitive circuits
in the world, LPGA, has called upon John's services.
Presently, John works with Skye Chouier-Solly the
U16 NSW female golfing prodigy, as well as Nick Rizzo,
a Sydney Olympian - capped thirty times for Australia
in soccer. Celebrities such as Kate Cebarano and Larry
Emdur have worked with John too. Check out - www.johnnovaksport.com
- for full details.
with 3 academic degrees (BA, MA, LLB), a 3rd Dan Black
Belt, 20 years experience in the fitness industry,
and a reputation for having beaten the man who killed
Apollo Creed in Rocky 4 (Dolph Ludgren) in a Karate
tournament, John is certainly walking proof of what
him show you the difference between a sports psych
and a sports motivator. The former is book orientated
and as boring as bat -_hit, words repeatedly echoed
by disgruntled athletes; whilst the latter is focused
on reconstructing athlete's best performance. That
is, John finds athletes Zenith moment, which is comprised
of psychological, physiological, emotional and spiritual
elements and then constructs a way to repeat this
performance every time. This 'new field' of sports
mind training is proving phenomenally successful.
importantly, every principle John explains and shares
is relevant to everyone on a moment-to-moment basis.
The average punter could easily apply and adopt John's
message to his/her life. In fact, the sporting paradigm
of success is the perfect paradigm of success for
life in general.
m: 0414 626233
ELITE ATHLETE MOTIVATOR
15 years, John has devised and facilitated hundreds
of personalised motivation (mind) strategies for elite
athletes. The athletes have participated in sports
as diverse as Rhythmic Gymnastics to Golf.
motivation techniques include: the mind is the key
to success; a persons mind-set directly impacts
on performance; altering negative thoughts to more
positive thoughts; believing in your internal strength;
extrinsic and intrinsic motivation is the key to achieving
of the athletes/teams John has worked with:
Nancy Kemp-Arendt Luxembourg (Sydney 2000 Olympic
Hanny Zahra & Kelly Shimmings, Aust. (No.
1 Male and Female Open Karate Champions both former
Junior World Champions)
Shelly Sandie, Aust. (Sydney 2000 Basketball-
dual Olympic silver medallist)
The NSW Karate Team
Leigh Marning, Aust. (3 times National Rhythmic
Gymnastics Champion & dual Commonwealth Games
3 National swimming champions for Eastern Edge
Eastern Suburbs Rugby Colts
Eastern Edge Elite Swim Team
National Aerobic Champions
Tyson Williams, Aust. (World Body Board Champion)
Clancy Pye, Aust (NSW Surf Board Champion)
Iron Men & Women in Uncle Tobys Series
of the things I endeavour to do is to make a person
acutely aware of h/er zenith moment and investigate
how that felt. I base this approach on what is commonly
bandied about in the fitness industry - muscles have
memory (you dont have to relearn to drive if
you havent done so for 6 months). Thus, my theory
then is, that by re-living a glorious moment s/he
activates an energy of success that creates the platform
of future success.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science at the University
of New South Wales 1982
Masters Degree in Political Science at George Washington
Bachelor of Law at Sydney University - 1989
Completed Practical Legal Training (PLT) course at
UTS in Nov.2002
Completed Practical Component of PLT in July 2002
Pepsi Co Telstra Reebok
Alcon MBF Today FM Munich Insurance
National Institute of Accountants International
Fitness Convention TAFE National Heart
Foundation Quit For Life SCEGGs
School Wenona Ladies College GIAI Academy
International Association of Fitness Professionals
Business and Professional Women Starlight
Foundation SIDS Uncle Tobys Ironman
Super Series Cranbrook College ANZ Bank
Marketing Women Mentor Program Law Australia
Flight Centre Hooker Real Estate
Bondi Junction Jack Newton Junior Golf Clinics
Aerobics Oz Style- Co-host
1991 Good Morning Australia-Regular Health and Fitness
1996 Monday to Friday- Regular Fitness and Lifestyle
1997 Several Info-mercials-screened nationally and
1998-1999 Bert Newton Show- regular info-mercials
or appeared on:
Current Affair Wide World Of Sport MTV
Live It Up Ray Martin Show Allan
Jones, 2UE Andrew Olle, 2BL Bert Newton
2UE - Brian Bury 2QR 4QR
3UZ 2GF Grafton 2GZ Orange SKY Channel
NBN Funniest People Live It Up
2GB 2DAY FM Triple M TRIPLE
J ABC Grandstand
Aerobic Oz Style- co-hosted video
1994 Aussie Fit- Range of eight videos- Producer and
Presenter Sold 400 000 to date.
2001 Redwood Anti-Ageing video- Producer and presenter.
2002 Karatecise Producer of in-house video
for Flight Centre.
Alive and Kicking; A Common Sense Guide to Well-Being
- Co-authored by Shannon Dolan & John Novak
2000 The Answers Lie Within- 5 Personal Development
1994 Cranbrook High: Fitness for Children- practical
1996 St. Josephs Primary School- Maroubra: Lifestyle
options in the future and exercise for children.
1997 Motivation Seminar for Wenona Ladies College
1998 Wenona Ladies College Athletes. Series of 15
seminars for rowing, athletics, tennis and swimming
1998 Year 12 Students Wenona Ladies College. 3 seminars
on Stress Management, Study Skills and Motivation.
1998 SCEGGs Girls School- Year 12 students.
1998 SCEGGs- Motivation for athletes (swimmers).
1998 Combined Independent Schools (CIS)- Speech to
all School Captains and Prefects. Topic: Leadership
and What it constitutes.
1999 Cranbrook parents and athletes, Keynote speech
The road to success.
1999 SCEGGS Senior Rowing Team- Series of motivation
2000 Cranbrook, Keynote speech Have a
2001 Double Bay Public school- Mind and Body workshops
1991 Starlight Foundation.
National Heart Foundation - Power House Museum.
Diabetes Day - Darling Harbour.
S.I.D.S. Celebrity Challenge - Sudden Infant Death
The Royal Childrens Hospital.
Lolli Pop Radio- Camperdown Childrens
2GF Grafton - Quit for Life: Stop Smoking Campaign
1992 Young Variety Club Christmas Party
1993 Discussion Group at Healthlands Bondi Junction
covering various topics. Proceeds went to fostering
a child in Africa- Emmely.
1995 LIFETIME- Presentation/ Workshop for unemployed
youths in the Sutherland Shire.
1996 St. Josephs Primary School- Maroubra: Lifestyle
options in the future and exercise for children.
1997- 2000 Creator and co-coordinator of the Fair
Go Campaign, established for athletes who need financial
support for the Olympics.
1999 Liverpool Girls High School- motivation presentation
for a Charity day.
2001 Auctioneer/MC for Eastern Edge Auction- raised
1981- 1983 Mackenzie Bay Board Riders, President
1984- 1985 George Washington University, Foreign Student
1988- 1989 NSW Federation of Karate-Do, Vice President
1991 Co-host Uncle Tobys Ironman Super Series-
Bondi Beach and Manly.
1991 Australian Youth Choir- MC.
1993 Writing the first speech for the Croatian Representative
1993 Presented at the Canberra Press Club.
1995 Press Release on behalf of FICA (Fitness Industry
Confed. of Australia) &
APRA (Australian Performing Rights Assoc.).
Defeating Dolph Ludgren the guy who killed
Apollo Creed in Rocky - in Karate
Writing the first speech for the Croatian Representative
to Australia presented at the Canberra Press
Being asked and then refusing a personal bodyguard
position for the band KISS due to Uni. Exams.
Presenting my so-called swan song at FILEX 2001 -
the premier Fitness Convention in Australasia held
at Darling Harbour. Soul Man of 2Day FM, Jason Sole,
performed a live mix to my kicking and punching explosive
Competing in martial arts tournaments for 21 years
(earned a 3rd Degree Black in 1986)
Conducting 4 months of research and interviews towards
PhD in Bosnia and Croatia, two months after the evacuation
of the Serbs in Sarajevo.
20 years in the fitness industry.
Instructing 5,000 fitness classes.
15 years specialising in motivating elite athletes
in various sports
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