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Pushing Limits

The fourth and final event in the AWF 2013 Seminar Series was a first look at new research by Professor Jay Coakley (Honorary Fellow, University of Chichester) on the role of Performance Enhancing Substances (PESs) in the careers of elite athletes. Jay used a model currently being developed in collaboration with a French sociologist of sport to analytically frame the use of PESs as a career choice made by elite athletes as they deal with the demands and expectations of today’s high performance sports.

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WSLA is designed to develop tomorrow's leaders of sport. WSLA is an international network of women sport leaders with the aim of increasing the confidence and competence of women working in sport in a range of leadership behaviours.


Between 2012-2016, the AWF supported the Tanzanian National Sports Council (NSC) to retain three female community sport leaders across the country to develop sustainable sports participation opportunities for women and develop their own leadership training and mentorship.

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The Archive is intended to be a permanent secure ‘home’ for the resources accumulated by leaders in the women and sport movement, which are publicly accessible for researchers and others interested in this work.

Academic uses research to highlight gender inequality

Dr Pike, who is also our Head of Sport Development and Management, said the issues raised by the shortlist are indicative of broader concerns with gender inequity in sports. This is particularly significant as the UK showcased its sporting prowess on a global stage at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. She backs up her comments about the BBC event  with research which shows there have been only 13 female individual winners since it began in 1954, approximately 20% of the total winners. In 2010, every single award winner was male.