BGGA Staff: Meet Karen Harrison

Karen Harrison
Director of Health and Athletic Development

Describe your role at BGGA?

My professional objective is to assist in the performance enhancement and general well-being of golf athletes through the application of biomechanics, 3D technology, tness screening assessments, exercise prescription and sports nutrition.

I have a strong passion for helping young, developing golfers achieve their goals and can provide a wealth of knowledge and experience in sport and in golf. Currently my goal is to improve the ‘physical literacy’ of all my students, ensuring that they have fun while acquiring the sound fundamental movement skills and athletic abilities (balance, co-ordination, posture, exibility, strength and power) required to achieve their sporting goals.

What’s your favorite part about your job?

I love the variety that each day at BGGA presents in terms of challenges. The chance to continue to grow professionally and personally, to work as part of a team, teach with my fellow S&C coach Justin Smith and to interact with young developing golf athletes on a daily basis is both rewarding and enjoyable. Ultimately, helping others reach their goals and enhance performance provides enormous job satisfaction.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

At least to some extent, if you can control your thoughts, you can control your emotions. Thus, thinking positively about a situation is more likely to lead to a positive outcome and negative thoughts and emotions often attract the like. This message came from my mother who was a champion athlete (fencer) at an age when I had started competing at a high level.

Favorite sport besides golf?

Like many Australians, growing up in Brisbane with great weather, I was involved in many sports, so choosing one is nearly impossible. My favorite sports were netball and fencing.

What is your favorite home-cooked meal?

Marinated salmon cooked medium rare on our bar-b-que with fresh veggies or salad.

What is always stocked in your refrigerator?

Love a well-stocked fridge! Fruit and veggies mostly with some dairy… and I love raspberries.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

For the family/friends, lifestyle and beaches – Australia. For the food – Italy. For the professional/work opportunities – the U.S.

Is there anything you are addicted to, or can’t live without? Good health…and my husband Rob! On a darker note, chocolate! It’s my secret addiction, al- though it is well-controlled these days.

What movie do you watch again and again?

There are many I have watched multiple times, most recently… Heartbreak Ridge – love Clint.

Where is your favorite place to travel and why?

Home to Australia for family and friends, Italy for the history and the food and New York simply because it is just an incredible place.

What’s three things we don’t know about you?

1. I spent almost 15 years studying and working as a Podiatrist (foot doctor) in Australia.
2. I spent 10 months backpacking around the world in my early twenties – the longest holiday I have ever had!
3. In two weeks, I graduate in Switzerland (Lausanne) at the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Head- quarters with a certi cate in Sports Nutrition.

Favorite quote?

Clint Eastwood (Heartbreak Ridge) – “Improvise, adapt, overcome”!

Eat well, travel often! Unknown.

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