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Women in sport the focus of academic's research at African conference

Dr Jordan Matthews will be presenting his research on the ‘History of documentation of women in sport’ at the Africa Women and Sport Conference in Gaborone, Botswana, in October 2016.

Dr Matthews is part of an international research team who published a global research report on women and sport for the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) in 2014. His session at the Conference will see him presenting alongside speakers from UN Women, the African Union, and the Sport, Development, and Peace Office of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Earlier this year the Anita White Foundation, for which Jordan coordinates, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Working Group on Women and Sport in 2016 to develop collaborative work toward enhancing opportunities for women leaders and scholars in sport.

University is one of the world leaders in women and sport

In partnership with Females Achieving Brilliance, and the AWF, the University launched the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) in 2014 with the aim of creating sport’s leaders of tomorrow. Now in its third year, WSLA has developed a partnership with the New Zealand Olympic Committee to co-deliver announce an exciting new initiative that supports New Zealand’s female Olympians to make a positive transition from sport performance to sport leadership, and connect with an international network of women leaders in sport.

The University’s Institute of Sport has undertaken research to redevelop the physical employment standards (PES) that are traditionally employed to match soldiers’ psychical ability to specific roles. The initial findings of the four-year programme - launched last year - have provided a framework of new tests.

Dr Stephen Myers, who oversees the team of researchers at the University, he commented: “The present in-service fitness tests are somewhat limited as they are based on research from the early 1990s. New PES is the primary and most compelling mechanism for the Armed Forces and have been redesigned for all employments across defence using updated scientific methodologies. Its effect is two-fold: to mitigate the risks to women’s mental and reproductive health and to harness the right talent for future operational success.”

For further details about the University’s commitment to furthering women and sport please contact the Press Office, press@chi.ac.uk or 07876 885 601.