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Catherine

Catherine Ordway graduated as a PhD scholar at the University of Canberra's Graduation ceremony on Wednesday, 9 October. For her and her family it was one of those memorable days. I was delighted that she accompanied Finn, Paul and Robin in the procession (link). I met Catherine sometime before the start of her thesis. She joined me on the Board of Australian Canoeing and provided invaluable independent advice to us. I was very impressed by her. I discovered she was from Canberra and by serendipity learned of...

Sharing Sport Science and Sport Medicine Principles

The Australian Institute of Sport has proposed principles for sport science and sport medicine as "a practical guide to assist boards and senior management of sporting organisations in performing their oversight function" in relation to Sport Science and Sport Medicine practices. (Official announcement here.) There is an introductory video: http://youtu.be/cS6UTPBF-9k The principles cover five key areas: Staff integrity and capability (the qualifications of sports science and medicine staff and their adherence to a code of conduct) Sport Science and Sport Medicine policy framework (a regularly reviewed supplements policy, medication policy and injection policy) Education (of coaches, athletes and staff in relation to Sport Science and...

Integrity

Perhaps it is a product of age but I hope not. The product ... a commitment to the integrity of sport through an absolute acceptance of the rules and laws of games. Last week I wrote about the play spirit that connects us in games and sport. I think it is an immensely powerful connection. Reading USADA's report on the Lance Armstrong investigation was an overwhelming reminder that rules do not bring about conformity but a different kind of non-conformity. I wondered naively why any athlete would seek to dope if our contract in sport is with the essence of playfulness. I do...

Simulation as Deception

I am very naive about cheating. I have tried to bear in mind the wisdom contained in the advice that "rules do not bring about conformity, rather they bring about a different kind of non-conformity". A recent ABC Science article has drawn attention to a paper from October 2011 that has added to my interest in understanding cheating. Gwendolyn David, Catriona Condon, Candice Bywater, Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos, and Robbie Wilson have written about deception in humans. Data for their paper were drawn from ten televised matches from each of six professional soccer leagues. Gwendolyn and her colleagues refer to Paul Morris and David Lewis's (2010)...

IOC Rule 45: A Brief Note

I have been researching anti-doping in sport recently. In September the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published its 2012 List of Prohibited Substances. In October the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) published its 2010-2011 annual results. The Win Clean: Say No To Doping campaign for the London Olympics was launched in October too.  The launch took place in a week when there was active discussion of a Court of Arbitration for Sport decision that the International Olympic Committee’s Rule 45 that bans athletes suspended for doping for six months or more from competing at the Olympics was "invalid and unenforceable". Today (17 November) there...

Integrity in Sport Update: November 2011

In the last two days two items have appeared that add more opportunities to reflect on integrity in sport. One of them is particularly poignant. In one of his last discussions in the media Peter Roebuck, who died on 12 November, joined Harsha Bhogle and Osman Samiuddin on ESPNCricinfo's Time Out to discuss the topic 'National boards must lead fight against corruption'. The discussion centred on spot fixing. The second item comes from India too. At the Kabaddi World Cup five Australians failed drug tests and two others refused to give urine samples, leaving the country. Australia was unable to field a team...

Integrity and Achievement

This is a brief post to celebrate Samantha Stosur's victory over Serena Williams in the Women's Singles at the US Tennis Open 2011. Performance is a key theme in my blog. I am fascinated by the process by which athletes prepare to perform. I am fascinated too by the realisation of the readiness to perform in actual performance. I look out for athletes' performances of understanding. I think Sam Stosur's win at the US Open Tennis is a great case study in this realisation and demonstration of performances of understanding. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the integrity of and in sport...

Talking Rot

Last week I wrote about gambling issues in Australian sport. There have been two significant developments this week to share. Yesterday (10 June) at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on the Gold Coast, state sport ministers agreed a national policy on match-fixing in sport. They have established a working group to develop an implementation plan for the national policy (Press Statement here. Australian Sports Commission news item here.) Key features of the policy are: Agreement to pursue nationally consistent legislative arrangements Legal arrangements and integrity agreements between sports and betting companies which will include requirements to share information, provide sports with a right...