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John Novak

John Novak

John Novak is well recognised as a mind trainer for many elite athletes. His motivation and drive stimulates strong mental preparation that promotes the mindset one needs to achieve success. These practices are often translated in the boardroom allowing staff and management to get focused and succeed.

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John Novak Travels from NSW
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

John Novak's Biography

Winning the mind game with Australian sports' secret weapon.

John Novak has over 3 decades of experience in speaking, lecturing and motivating people from all walks of life.

Currently working with the Manly Sea Eagles, John was Head of Mind Management at NRL's Canterbury Bulldogs from 2012-March 2017, with 2 grand final appearances and a minor premiership over the past 3 years with the team. Prior to this he was the Mind Coach for the Manly Sea Eagles during the year they won the 2011 NRL Premiership.

John enjoys sharing his cutting edge sports mind program termed the BOOMERANG EFFECT. He works closely with all team members, coaching and support staff to develop a positive, resilient and mentally tough team that bounces back and achieves their potential. Among his other numerous positions in his career, in 2010-11, John was Head of Sport Management at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS). This role included lecturing, coordinating the degree program and working with staff and students to develop an innovative sports management programs.

John Novak has an inspiring background with 3 academic degrees, a third dan black belt, and known as the man who defeated Dolph Ludgren (‘Drago’ from Rocky 4) in a Karate tournament. He has 5000 aerobics classes under his belt and sold more than 400,000 Aussie Fit videos worldwide.

John is the author of "BE Golf Mind Game", "The Answers Lie Within", and co-author of “Alive and Kicking” and has over the last 20 years worked as a Sports Motivator, Performance Coach and Mind Trainer for Elite Athletes who have earned National, International, Commonwealth and Olympic Games recognition.

Currently he has a weekly radio spot on 2UE Sports Mindset concepts and observations from current sporting news items. His work with The Boomerang Effect has seen John featured in mainstream media including Channel 9 News, Channel 7 News, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Mail and The Australian frequently

John has been extensively interviewed on major television programs including Channel 9 News, Channel 7 News, A Current Affair, and featured on Good Morning Australia as a Wellbeing and fitness reporter and more recently featuring on Fox TV show, Bill and Boz.


During John's illustrious career, he has devised and facilitated hundred's of personalised motivation (mind) strategies for elite athletes who participated in sports as diverse as rugby league, soccer, athletics, gymnastics, cricket, rugby, surfing, swimming, tennis, table tennis, basketball and golf.

John draws upon Zen concepts based on years of Martial Arts training, competing and instructing. "The power of positive thinking is just the 'tip of the iceberg' of what goes on in the mind of a champion", John stresses.

John believes - "The absolute key to success in my field is to deeply understand the individual I am working with to clearly identify their 'best self' in respect to their mind, body, spirit and emotions. I help to facilitate the brilliance of my client"

John's comprehensive combination of western and eastern approaches have catapulted him into National and International prominence as a Sports motivator and sports coach with a clear difference. He is a leader in his field!

In his role as a speaker, John's clients include some of Australia's leading businesses - such as Ernst & Young, Law Australia, Coca Cola, MBF, Hooker Real Estate, NSW Police Force, Reebok and Telstra.