Council of Ontario Universities

Council of Ontario Universities

August 23, 2012 16:43 ET

Need A Source? Disadvantage and Disability in Athletic Participation: Ontario University Researchers Delve Into Paralympic Topics

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2012) - Although the Olympics have wrapped up, athletes will be centre-stage again in London looking to compete for podium spots at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games. These athletes however, face additional hurdles through disabilities. Other athletes face similar uphill battles through cultural disadvantages. Behind the scenes, Ontario researchers are hard at work; studying, analyzing and researching the impact of competition on not only the athletes, but on society.

Ontario university researchers are available to share and discuss their related research.

Researcher; Topic

Rachel Gorman, York University assistant professor; Do the Paralympics inspire nationalism?

Amy Latimer, Queens University assistant professor; Do we discriminate against disabled athletes?

Jacqueline Kennelly, Carleton University assistant professor Sociology; Do the Olympics and Paralympics make things better for the inhabitants of host cities?

Robert Schinke, Laurentian University professor, Sport Psychology; How do immigrant athletes manage transition and adjustment issues when re-locating?

Janice Forsyth, Western University assistant professor, School of Kinesiology; What opportunity do Aboriginal athletes have to compete in the Olympics?

Western is home to the International Centre for Olympic Studies, the first centre in the world and the only one in the Americas to focus on the study of the Olympics.

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