JAMES KNELLER

Performance Psychologist

~ Sport and Exercise Psychology Registrar ~
James Kneller
James Kneller is our Newcastle (NSW) based performance psychologist

Favourite Sporting Moments: Sitting amongst the Barmy Army with an English cricketing mate at the SCG when Steve Waugh brought up his 100 off the last ball in 2003 (fair play to the way the Army saluted him too). The Newcastle Knights winning the NRL in 1997 and the tied semi with South Africa in ’99 Cricket World Cup are honourable mentions.

Location: James grew up in Newcastle (NSW, Australia) with major stints in Melbourne (VIC, Australia) and Hampshire (The United Kingdom). He has returned to Newcastle now but like all of the Condor Performance team, he is available to assist clients via Skype and other web platforms.


Psychologist Registration Number with the Psychology Board of Australia PSY0001825263

More About James …

James completed his undergraduate studies part-time through Charles Sturt University (2004-2012) whilst working full-time and continuing to compete as a first-grade opening bowler in the strongest non-metropolitan cricket competition in Australia. He is still playing lower grade cricket mentoring and coaching the younger players coming through.

In 2013 James moved to Melbourne to complete a Masters in sports psychology at Victoria University (2013-2015) studying under some of the most respected sports psychology academics in the world. For his major thesis, he picked the brain of seven of the top sports psychologists in Australia about their journey to their current successful positions and what they learnt along the way.

James is currently undergoing the Psychology Board of Australia registrar program that will allow him to use the protected title of sports psychologist once completed. His supervisor along the way will be fellow Condor Performance teammate Gareth J. Mole.

He has worked in various settings in private practice as a psychologist and has worked with amateur and professional clients from various teams, associations and individuals in a range of sports including AFL, Cricket, Rugby League, Football, Golf, Motorbike racing and Motor cross. He works with both athletes and coaches to find consistency and make their best performance more accessible and consistent.

As a player, James had a reputation for consistency, professional preparation, a will to win and a never defeated mentality and brings this to his practice with clients. He has a casual style that is a long way from the stereotyped psychologist and he becomes highly invested in the performance of his clients along the way.


If you’d like to find out more about how you could work with James then mention his name when completing the form on our Contact Us page.