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ASICS partners with Greg Inglis’ Goanna Academy to tackle rising mental health issues in Australia


ASICS Oceania Managing Director Mark Brunton (L) with Goanna Academy Founder Greg Inglis (R)


The Goanna Academy is proud to announce ASICS, the true sport performance brand, as its exclusive sportswear sponsor and Gold Partner in 2022.


Managing Director Greg Inglis said: “I’m thrilled to have ASICS on board as a Gold Partner to the Goanna Academy. I have been working with ASICS for over 10 years during my playing career, and I’m looking forward to working together for another 30 as my focus shifts to growing the Goanna Academy. We’ve formed a great relationship and I’m so happy to have them on board.”


“Our commitment to each other ensures that we are best placed to achieve our vision of improving health outcomes by delivering our Community Clinics, Schools Program, and Workplace Talks throughout Australia.”


As a Gold Partner to the Academy, ASICS is investing in improving mental health outcomes in all Australians, particularly higher risk groups such as youth, regional communities and First Nations people.


Managing Director of ASICS Oceania, Mark Brunton said: “ASICS was founded on the positive power of sport and movement, that it can uplift us individually and as a community. We are delighted to partner with the Goanna Academy to bring our philosophy to life and to improve the mental health outcomes of Australians."


The partnership is a perfect extension of ASICS’ guiding philosophy “Sound Mind, Sound Body”. Helping individuals achieve a sound mind in a sound body is a key goal for ASICS - and the Goanna Academy’s clinics, which utilise footy to make mental health messaging accessible to young Australians, is a great representation of this philosophy in action.


The announcement comes at a crucial time, with a recent survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealing that one in five Australians are reporting high or very high levels of psychological distress linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has previously indicated that 46% of Australians aged 16-85 have experienced a mental disorder in their lifetime, and 75% of these problems occur before the age of 25.


More information can be found by visiting www.goannaacademy.com.au, or you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram @goannaacademy for regular updates.


Greg Inglis at the first ever Goanna Academy clinic in Macksville, 2020