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Victoria, BC, Canada


Barnes, PhD

Professional Affiliations:

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, Canadian Sport Psychology Association, British Psychological Society, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences



Kirsten has been working as a mental performance consultant since 1998. She graduated from University of Victoria in 1993 and completed a PhD in sport psychology from the University of Bristol, England in 1998. She became a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited practitioner in 1999. Kirsten competed for Canada in rowing at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. She is a double Olympic gold medallist from the 1992 Games. In the UK Kirsten worked as a sport psychology consultant in sport as well as in business leadership and performance consultancy from 1997-2007. She was the National Lead for Sport Psychology for the English Institute of Sport. She has also been a sport psychology consultant to the British Olympic Association for the 2000 Olympic Games and a consultant to the Commonwealth Games Council for England in preparation for and during the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Kirsten returned to Canada in 2007 and began working with the Canadian Sport Institute in 2009. She is the Lead for Mental Performance and has provided support to Canadian Rowing, Women's Rugby, Cycling, Swimming, Athletics and Alpine Skiing National team programs as well support to individual athletes.


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