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Major Sport Events: Winning Through Diversity and Inclusion

Explore how athletes and para athletes prepare for major sport events, and how sport contributes to diversity and inclusion.

Major Sport Events: Winning Through Diversity and Inclusion

Discover what it takes to compete at an international sports event

In this course you’ll learn how athletes and para athletes prepare for a major sporting event.

You’ll learn how sports science, medicine and technology helps athletes prepare for competition.

We’ll explore the importance of sponsorship for athletes and how sport event partners help build legacies.

We’ll also discover the motivations and preparation for a major sporting event of athletes and para athletes from developing countries.

You’ll learn how we can begin to level the playing field for athletes and para athletes from developing countries to promote diversity and inclusion.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsEndurance.

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 secondsPower. Speed. Dedication. Gold. In any major international sports event, we watch in awe as athletes push themselves to the limit for the love of their sport and their country. But these events are more than just competition. They're a celebration of the diversity and inclusion that can be found through sport. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is a great example, bringing together elite athletes and para athletes from 70 nations and territories to compete in a spirit of unity to achieve their personal best. Griffith University is an official partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and a leader in sports research and education.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 secondsHi I'm Clare Minahan, and I am the lead academic in the sports physiology and performance group at Griffith University. We'll examine the sports science and sports medicine involved in athlete preparation. We will also look at how we can promote inclusion and equity by assisting athletes and para athletes from developing countries with their preparation. Hi, my name's Alana Thompson. My area of expertise is sport management and the legacies of major sport events. We'll look at this together and also uncover the work involved in securing sponsorship and building legacies. Join us and be inspired by remarkable athletes and their coaches, as we learn what it takes to level the playing field and build sporting legacies for future generations.

Skip to 1 minute and 50 secondsTogether, we'll discover how the human spirit triumphs through diversity and inclusion.

What topics will you cover?

  • The role of major sport events in contributing to diversity and social inclusion.
  • The motivations, goals and rewards that drive athletes and para athletes to prepare for major international sport events.
  • How sports science, medicine and technology as well as sport management are used to prepare athletes and para athletes for major sport events.
  • How a structured program can help athletes and para athletes from developing countries perform at their best.
  • How sport event partners plan for and resource initiatives to secure legacies from international sport events.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the range of elements involved in preparing and supporting athletes and para athletes to realise their potential at major sport events.
  • Describe why and how different partners work together around an international sports event to prepare athletes and build equity and social inclusion.
  • Explore a contemporary case study of a high performance sport development programme in how it prepares athletes and para athletes from developing countries for international competition.
  • Discuss the potential for athletes, participating countries and key partners to secure legacies before, during and after a major sports event.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in international sport events, particularly those who are interested in how elite athletes and para athletes prepare for such events, and what happens in developing countries.

Who will you learn with?

Clare Minahan

I am the lead academic in the Sports Physiology and Performance group at Griffith University. I work with elite Australian athletes and apply my knowledge to athletes in developing countries.

Alana Thomson

I'm a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Griffith Business School's Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management. I'm interested in the sport and social legacies of large-scale sport events.

Who developed the course?

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research.

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