The Asian South-Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP) facilitates the development of sport psychology throughout the Asian South-Pacific region, which includes the whole of Asia, Australasia and the South Pacific Islands. ASPASP was established in Singapore in 1989, during the 7th World Congress of Sport Psychology. It is affiliated to the world body, the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).
Since its inception, ASPASP has grown steadily, as we have encouraged the development of sport 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, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
Many of the leading sport psychology practitioners and researchers from these nations are members of the Association. A number of eminent figures from the region have been elected to office on the Managing Council. In addition, national sport psychology organisations each nominate a representative to the ASPASP Managing Council.
ASPASP has held seven international congresses, in Melbourne (1991), Hong Kong (1995), Wuhan, China (1999), Seoul, Korea (2003), Bangkok, Thailand (2007), Taipei, Taiwan (2011), Tokyo, Japan (2014), and Daegu, South Korea (2018).
The next international congress will be held in Sarawak, Malaysia from June 28 to July 3, 2022.
MANAGING COUNCIL 2018 – 2022
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Prof YoungHo KimPresident
Prof Liwei ZhangPast President
Prof Frank LuVice President (Publication)
Dr Kaori ArakiVice President (Program)
Dr Naruepon VongjaturapatVice President (Membership)
Dr Maria Luisa Guinto-AdvientoTreasurer
Dr Garry KuanSecretary General
Dr Jihang LeeMember of Managing Council
Dr Yu-Kai ChangMember of Managing Council
Dr Zhijian HuangMember of Managing Council
Dr Emily OrtegaMember of Managing Council
Prof Jayashree AcharyaMember of Managing Council
Dr Nadhim Al-WattarMember of Managing Council
Dr Dev RoychowdhuryMember of Managing Council
♦ Sustaining and promoting ASPASP by building and maintaining relationships with new and existing member countries
♦ Strengthening the affiliated partnership with International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP)
♦ Publishing Asian South-Pacific Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
♦ Launching the ASPASP mentoring program to disseminate values and knowledge of sports and exercise psychology to countries that have not yet constituted a society
- 2018 ASPASP Mentoring Program
- Date: October 22, 2018
- Venue: Ho Chi Minh City University of Sport
- Speaker: Youngho Kim, ASPASP President
One of the important missions of the ASPASP is to disseminate values and knowledge of sports and exercise psychology to member countries that have not yet constituted a society or haven’t academically matured. For this the first mentor-mentee program was carried out in Ho Chi Minh City University of Sport, Viet Nam on October 22, 2018.
In the one-day meeting, Youngho Kim, the president of ASPASP gave two talks, titled “Where is ASPASP going?: remember the past and prepare for the future” and “Sport psychology consultant certification”. The audience were about 50 lecturers, researchers, and coaches who are working in university, sport training center, and various sport fields around the whole Viet Nam. This mentoring project must be the meaningful first step to inspire Viet Nam and Vietnamese colleagues to become interested in sports psychology and ultimately to create a sports psychology organization.