Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsHi, I'm Clare Minahan, and I am the lead academic in the Sports Physiology and Performance Group at Griffith University. Our big question is how athletes win through diversity and inclusion. We'll begin in week one by taking a look at the major sports event that Griffith University is an official partner to... that is the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. We'll step into the world of para athletes, and follow their journey preparing for a major sport event. We'll look at what inspires and motivates elite athletes and para athletes to aim for these events. And you'll have the chance to hear from the coaches, and learn about the sports science and sports medicine required to prepare them. Hi, my name's Alana Thomson.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 secondsMy area of expertise is sport management and the legacies of major sport events. I work in the Department of Tourism, Sport, and Hotel Management at Griffith University. We'll look at this question of sports management together, and also uncover the work involved in securing sponsorship. In week two, we'll focus on a para athlete from a developing country, and find out how Griffith University's GAPS Programme aims to promote inclusion and equity, by assisting with their preparation. We'll look at them building legacies that endure beyond the sport event, not just for the individual, but the home country of the athlete and para athlete. Let's get started with week one. Are you ready to step into an athlete's world? Let's find out what happens.

Welcome to the course

Thank you for joining us on this journey exploring how athletes and para athletes can win through diversity and inclusion at major sport events.

You’ll find out what’s involved in preparing for these events and how equity and inclusion can be promoted for para athletes and those from developing countries. You’ll also gain an insight into the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Griffith University’s partnership with this major sports event.

By the end of the course you should 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.

Week 1

In week 1, we’ll consider the role of diversity and inclusion at a major sports event and focus on a para athlete’s preparation techniques and the team involved in preparing for such an event.

Week 2

In week 2, we’ll uncover the needs of athletes and para athletes in developing countries and discover how a dedicated programme can assist with their preparation and open the door to participation in a major sports event.

Your task

Watch the welcome video above and consider which parts of the course you are most interested in. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Major Sport Events: Winning Through Diversity and Inclusion

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