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A journey of discovery

They all say doing a PhD is a journey of discovery – both about the topic you are researching and also of yourself. I have been extremely fortunate throughout my journey to have the support of family and friends. All of whom have provided advice, guidance, motivation and enthusiasm at different stages. Many did notContinue reading “A journey of discovery”

An historical analysis of disability sport policy in Aotearoa New Zealand

Abstract The role of central government in disability sport in Aotearoa New Zealand has never been reviewed in depth. In this paper, drawing on archival data we outline the evolution of disability sport policy, highlighting key initiatives of government sport agencies from 1937 to the contemporary disability sport policy landscape. Evolving with the rise ofContinue reading “An historical analysis of disability sport policy in Aotearoa New Zealand”

Tokyo, I miss you

As I watch the Paralympics on multiple devices simultaneously from home, I lament not being in Tokyo myself. This games would have marked 20 years since I first experienced a Summer Paralympic Games, and nearly 40 years since I visited Tokyo. At the Sydney 2000 games, I attended my first wheelchair rugby game. I recallContinue reading “Tokyo, I miss you”

Inclusive Sport – It’s not rocket science … but should it be?

Research Participants Still Needed Last week while I was at the Halberg Games I looked around at all the young athletes participating and realised that the vast majority of them were unlikely to participate in sport outside of that delivered by their local regional disability sport organisations, such as dsport. This is why I amContinue reading “Inclusive Sport – It’s not rocket science … but should it be?”

Research Participants Wanted – nominations open

Nominations for young people with physical impairments to be part of this research are now open. Parents/caregivers are invited to nominate any young person aged 10-14 years who has a physical impairment and is actively engaged in sport or active recreation. A recruitment questionnaire has been designed to help me find 4 or 5 youngContinue reading “Research Participants Wanted – nominations open”

Welcome to “we’re not on the sideline, we are in the team”

In Aotearoa New Zealand disabled young people are under-represented in sport and active recreation. Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) acknowledges this issue and is working on developing policy to address it. I have worked in the disability sport sector for nearly a decade, and while I have observed disabled young people missing out, I haveContinue reading “Welcome to “we’re not on the sideline, we are in the team””


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