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April Research & Community Engagement Seminar

This Calgary Adapted Hub powered by Jumpstart Research & Community Engagement Seminar will feature Dr. Andrea Bundon

Seminar Title: Taking Sides: Disability Sport Research as Advocacy Work

Date & Time: Thursday, April 28, 2022 / 4-5 p.m. MST

Register (FREE on Zoom!): Click here to register on EventBrite

Session Outcomes & Discussion Topics:

1. What are we promoting when we promote disability sport? There is often an assumption made that sport is beneficial for people with disabilities. But sport can both challenge and (re)produce disablism and discrimination. What are we actually promoting? 

2. Should we be concerned with the ‘Olympification’ of Paralympic sport? What does it mean when we position able-bodied sport (and specifically elite able-bodied sport) as the standard we are chasing?

3. Who is being left behind as the Paralympic Movement ‘progresses’? There has been incredible growth and development in the Paralympic Movement and para-sport in recent decades. But who benefits from this progress and who is being left behind?

About the Speaker:

Andrea Bundon, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and a Principal Investigator at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) at the University of British Columbia. Her research explores the intersections of sport and disability and the ways in which disabled people are simultaneously included and excluded from sport practices. Her recent projects have considered gender equity in the Paralympic Movement, how sport organizations are funded and supported to ‘integrate’ disability sport programming, and how Paralympic athletes engage in advocacy work on social media and online platforms. Her interest in the Paralympics stems from her own experiences racing as a guide for para-nordic skiers with visual impairments at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Games.