Report from the President of IAPESGW, Rosa López de D’Amico
We have been experiencing rapid changes in our lives, a historical moment of humanity, and it is my sincere wish that you are all with good health.
The UNWomen has two publications in which it is demonstrated that women’s violence has increased during the pandemic period and great concern on how it will affect the advancements that have been achieved in women and sport. I recommend you read COVID-19, women, girls and sport: Build back better that is published in various languages.
A very busy agenda with virtual activities has been taking place, but I will highlight some of them as a couple have already been mentioned by our dear Director of Communication Janice Crosswhite
A group of IAPESGW young leaders have been instrumental to make visible our IAPESGW Instagram. They are doing a nice program with great moments in the organization history. In the next newsletter we will know more about them.
On July 27th-31st, the virtual III Congress of the Latin American Association of Sport Science, Physical Education and Dance (ALCIDED – acronym in Spanish) in conjunction with the III Congress on Sport Science, Physical Activity and Physical Education organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sport took place. More than 4000 people participated and there were great contributions. I want to highlight that I had the honor to Chair the panel of Women and Sport with seven great speakers, more information is provided in the Venezuelan section.
In July I had the chance to participate in the II Cycle of Conference organized by the Bolivian Volleyball Federation. This is a great opportunity for all their stakeholders and in this occasion, they wanted me to speak about IAPESGW and women and sport. On August 24th they started their III Cycle of Conference in which all 6 speakers are women, and I am pleased that Prof. Darlene Kluka, former IAPESGW president and a member of the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame for coaches addressed her keynote presentation on the 25th. It has been a great initiative from the Bolivian Volleyball Federation. Congrats!
In Ecuador, Dr. Summar Gomez from the Research Center CIED has successfully organized two Iberoamerican Sport Management Congress (July and August). In both of them I have participated and there have been various presentations addressing the topic of women, sport and leadership.
The Gender Equity and Diversity Commission of the Colombian Olympic Committee is planning an event about Gender and Sport to be held in November. I appreciate the kind invitation of the Commission to participate in their meeting that took place August 20th; it was very fruitful. Particularly thanks to María Fernanda Marín and Ana Edurne Camacho Corredor (Executive Board member and coordinator of the Commission). I also extend my appreciation to two of our IAPESGW Colombian members: Luz Amelia Hoyos and Claudia Rojas for also participating in the meeting. Claudia has also been very active in weekly webinars on gender equity in sport.
Last but not least, the cooperation with India in their course for PE and community coaches started August 11th until Sept. 4th. On this occasion it is a pleasure to express that several of our IAPESGW members are participating as speakers. Thank you very much for your contribution: Efthalia (Elia) Chatzigianni (Greece), Darlene Kluka (IAPESGW), Margaret Whitehead (UK), Maria Luisa M. Guinto (Philippines), Sarah Hillyer (USA), Tandy Jane Haughey (Northern Ireland), Anneliese Goslin (South Africa), Eliana Ferreira and Beatriz Ferreira (Brazil) and Luisa Velez (Puerto Rico). I also want to communicate that Dr. G. Kishore, Dr. Usha, Dr. Pranesh have been kind to share with us the playlist of all videos of “Talks By International Experts for Batch 1”. Watch it on YouTube.
IAPESGW wrote a letter of support for this Contribution to OHCHR, as did other women’s groups.
Contribution to OHCHR with respect to the Human Rights Council resolution 43/L.34 to support of the preparation of a study on sports following article 30 of the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This contribution was prepared by the UNESCO Chair “Transforming the lives of People with Disabilities their Families and Communities Through Physical Education, Sport Recreation and Fitness” in line with the global collaborative action we lead in relation to sport and human rights. Given the emphasis on girls and women in sport, this submission is endorsed by the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG), WomenSport International (WSI), International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW) and Women in Sport Foundation (WSF). In this documents sport is considered in the widest sense of the word and includes physical education, physical activity, recreation, leisure play, traditional sports and games and fitness.
Female Athlete Conference: 2021 Conference Proposals—the Female Athlete Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals, with a deadline for submission of September 1, 2020. (Female Athlete Conference HQ, Boston)
The Sport, Exercise, & Kinesiology Unit of ATINER and the Athens Journal of Sports would like to bring to your attention two small academic events: (a) the Symposium on “Global Sports”, 18-19 December 2020, Athens and (b) the 21st Annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing & Social Aspects, 10-11 May 2021, Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for presentation. ATINER has decided to offer the option of remote (online or pre-recorded) presentation for those who cannot travel for objective or subjective reasons. If you need more information, please let me know, and our administration will send it to you including the meetings’ websites and abstract submission form. Dr. Nicholas Pappas Vice President of Academic & Membership, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) Professor, Sam Houston University, USA. Email: email@example.com
Save The Date: Sport NZ Women And Girls Summit 2020
Coaching and Leadership
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Impact of Potential Physiological Changes due to COVID-19 Home Confinement on Athlete Health Protection in Elite Sports: a Call for Awareness in Sports Programming—a global emergency characterized by a respiratory illness called COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) has spread worldwide in early 2020 … This is the first time since the Second World War that all elite athletes are forced to interrupt competitions. Further, most elite athletes are forced to train at home, on their own and mostly unsupervised. (Sarto, F., Impellizzeri, F.M., Spörri, J. et al. Sports Medicine 50, 1417–1419 (2020)
Lockdown research implications for women’s participation. Women in Sport, dated June 2020, released July 2020.
COVID-19 crisis threatens to exacerbate gender disparity in sports—gender inequality is one of the foremost issues in sports that needs to be addressed by all stakeholders. (By Dr. Pawan Mathur, New Delhi Times)
Plans for future pandemics should include community sport, sport for development: U of T study
Staying mentally healthy: the biggest challenge faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, athletes’ survey shows—a survey conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in May revealed that managing mental health and sports careers, as well as nutrition and diet, were the biggest challenges faced by athletes during the unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. (International Olympic Committee)
The Stanford Hall consensus statement for post-COVID-19 rehabilitation—there is a clear need for guidance on the rehabilitation of COVID-19 survivors. This consensus statement was developed by an expert panel in the fields of rehabilitation, sport and exercise medicine (SEM), rheumatology, psychiatry, general practice, psychology and specialist pain, working at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall, UK. (Robert Barker-Davies et al., British Journal of Sports Medicine)
An Ultrarunner Describes Her COVID-19 Recovery Struggle—Lauren Wilke contracted the new coronavirus early in March. Almost five months later, she still can’t run. (Erin Strout, Women’s Running)
Play in Lockdown: An international study of government and civil society responses to Covid-19 and their impact on children’s play and mobility—this report sets out the findings of a global study of the impact of measures prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic on the play and mobility of children. The aim of the study is to provide baseline information, to make international comparisons, and to gather emerging good practice on how these measures (which have significant adverse consequences for children’s health and wellbeing) can be mitigated. (Tim Gill and Robyn Monro Miller, International Play Association)
Administration, Strategy & Governance
IOC, INTERPOL and UNODC show the way in placing integrity at the core of Post-Covid-19 Sport—a new paper, published jointly by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), addresses the current health crisis and the action required by those involved in tackling corruption in sport and preventing the manipulation of competitions, in particular sports organisations and governments. (International Olympic Committee)
Sport and physical activity should be part of post-COVID-19 recovery plans, say governments—recognising the power of sport in advancing society, 118 Member States of the United Nations (UN) have called for all States to include sport and physical activity in their recovery plans post COVID-19 and to integrate sport and physical activity into national strategies for sustainable development. (International Olympic Committee)
Awards & Recognition
Michael Willson and Tayla Harris unite again to win #WISPAA – Women In Sport Photo Action Awards—Michael Willson and Tayla Harris have united again for a stunning image which has been selected as the winner of the professional category of the 2020 Women in Sport Photo Action Awards – #WISPAA. (Women Sport Australia)
Virtual Volunteering in Community Sport [Canada]—as community sport clubs begin their return to play phases, the short and long-term impacts of COVID-19 – on the field and in the office – are unmistakable. Physical distancing measures and stay-at-home protocols have illuminated how technology can keep people connected and involved in their local communities. These new ways of working provide an opportunity for community sport clubs to tap into existing and new volunteers in innovative ways. (Haley Baxter, Katie Misener, Pam Kappelides, & Lowell Williamson, Sport Information Resource Centre)
Exploring migrant families’ acculturation and livelihoods in Canada and the role of sport participation—Canada is poised to increase the number of migrants arriving annually. Growing attention is being directed toward how sport can be managed in a way that is accessible and inclusive of immigrant populations, as well as how sport can foster new opportunities for migrants to develop connections within their communities. (Sacha Smart, Kyle Rich & Allan Lauzon, Journal of Sport for Development)
Five nations join International Esports Federation—five further national bodies have joined the International Esports Federation (IESF), taking the organisation’s membership total to 71. (Ali Iveson, Inside the Games)
Girls Sport Uniform Survey—we are trying to understand how girls (aged 12-18yrs) feel about their sport uniforms. Specifically we want to know the aspects of the uniforms that make them feel confident, comfortable, and ready to perform. Findings will be translated into a guide targeted to schools and sport clubs to assist them when making decisions about sport uniforms. Parental consent is required prior to girls completing the survey (Victoria University)
Cooling Strategies to Improve Performance in the Heat—whether you are a high performance athlete training for the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo, or a weekend warrior working on a personal best, learning to manage heat stress should be a priority. Heat stress and fatigue can lead to decreases in performance, influencing a podium finish, or can be the precursor to heat-related illness, which could end your competition all together. (Erica Gavel, Sport Information Resource Centre)
Altering the Narrative of Champions: Recognition, Excellence, Fairness, and Inclusion—this paper is an examination of the concept of recognition and its connection with identity and respect. This is related to the question of how women are or are not adequately recognised or respected for their achievements in sport and whether eliminating sex segregation in sport is a solution. (Howe, L, Sport, Ethics & Philosophy)
Inclusion Must Be Intentional—according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “inclusion” is the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure. True inclusion involves authentic and empowered participation and a true sense of belonging for all participants. (Andrea Carey, SIRC)
International Sport Systems
A new association launched in Denmark—a new association launched in Denmark for the broader community sports sector to support, develop and upskill the sector. The vision for Sports Hub Denmark (IdrætsPlatformen Danmark) is to strengthen community sport in Denmark by supporting the visibility, skills development and new collaborations between a wide range of providers within Danish community sport. (Sports Marketing Network)
Sport NZ Set To Unveil Major Upgrade To Integrity Measures
[New Zealand]—Sport NZ will shortly launch major new initiatives to help sport and active recreation bodies at all levels of the sector strengthen the measures they have in place around integrity issues such as child safeguarding, member protection, organisational culture, anti-corruption and competition manipulation. (Sport NZ)
UKA must ‘take ownership’ of safeguarding
[United Kingdom]—an Independent Review into safeguarding in UK athletics has recommended that UK Athletics (UKA) should take ownership of safeguarding through a single policy for UK athletics, rather than the current approach involving different policies in each of the four home countries. (Andy Brown, Sports Integrity Initiative)
Social acceptability: the main challenge for major international sports events—the recent dearth of candidates to host the Olympics is a trend which needs to be examined: when local people are consulted in a referendum, the response is “No”. (Hugo Bourbilleres, University of Rennes, sportanddev.org)
Managing Climate & Environment
GAISF launches sustainability.sport—GAISF, supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has today launched sustainability.sport, a web portal dedicated to sustainability issues such as climate change, economic inequality and social injustice. (Global Association of International Sports Federations)
Media, Broadcasting & Communication
Why Sports Documentaries are Seeing a Boom Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic—rarely in recent memory has a TV show been so propitiously timed as “The Last Dance.” The 10-episode documentary series about the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls premiered in May, weeks after the coronavirus pandemic caused the shutdown of all major live sports events, leaving fans bereft. (Daniel Holloway, Variety)
Nike commercial ‘You Can’t Stop Us’ sends social media wild—an incredibly powerful 90-second commercial from Nike has left fans across the world in awe and drawn widespread praise for its brilliance. (James McKern, news.com.au) Editor: You need to see this!
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) position statement on disordered eating in high performance sport
Identification, evaluation and management of disordered eating (DE) is complex. DE exists along the spectrum from optimised nutrition through to clinical eating disorders (EDs). Individual athletes can move back and forth along the spectrum of eating behaviour at any point in time over their career and within different stages of a training cycle. Athletes are more likely to present with DE than a clinical ED. Overall, there is a higher prevalence of DE and EDs in athletes compared with non-athletes. (Wells KR, Jeacocke NA, Appaneal R, et al, British Journal of Sports Medicine)
New Paralympic wheelchair basketball eligibility rules have ruined dreams, and raised significant questions—in a parallel universe, disability athletes around the world would currently be preparing to make their bow at the Paralympic Games. Athletes who, for the past four years of qualification, training and sacrifice, had geared themselves up for a tilt at a gold medal in Tokyo. (Simon Smale, abc.net.au)
PE sport premium finally gets confirmation for the coming school year
[United Kingdom]—PE premium is a ring-fenced top-up to school funding which helps ensure every primary school-age child gets 60 minutes of physical activity a week. The £320m fund has been in place since 2013 but had not been confirmed for September, leaving schools uncertain as to their planning for the year. (Paul MacInnes, The Guardian)
Health and Fitness: Goal-setting to keep up the motivation—”What’s next?” is a common question in my group of friends and normally means we have just completed a goal one of us has set. (Renee Valentine, Newcastle Herald)
Five benefits of using outdoor gyms—outdoor gyms and exercise circuits are becoming more prevalent within the community and offer an excellent resource for people to train and improve their overall health. (NSW Institute of Sport)
High intensity exercise in early adolescence could lead to stronger bones in adulthood—HIIT exercise activity in early life could help improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis, according to new research. A study by University of Bristol in the UK analysed data from 2,569 participants in the Children of the 90s health study. (Sports Management UK)
Five ways to make gyms and swimming pools more accessible to women—This Girl Can has revealed the top five things women want to see in gyms and pools to make them more accessible. The campaign has published the results of a new survey, a month after sports centres were able to reopen following coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions being eased. (Sport England)
Fundamental Movement Skills videos—to understand the movement mechanics of fundamental movement skills (FMS), it is helpful to see them performed. The links below take you to excellent short videos at KIDDO that show children performing each skill at different stages of development. (Active for Life)
Impacts of physical literacy programming in early childhood—activities to improve babies’ and young children’s physical literacy are easy to plan, simple to do, and require no special equipment. And, according to a two-year Canadian study in early child care centres, the benefits of adding more active play time into daily routines are more than just physical. (Active for Life)
Why free play outside should be a part of every PE program—physical education doesn’t just happen in a gymnasium. I’m a big proponent of active free play outside during physical education (PE) class. In my PE classes, I plan for quite a lot of it when the weather allows. There are so many benefits of free play outside that cannot be replicated in the gymnasium. (David Benay, Active for Life)
Sexuality & Gender Ethics
UN report calls for revoking of regulations requiring “medically unnecessary assessments”—a United Nations Human Rights Council report has called on sporting bodies to “review, revise and revoke” eligibility rules which have a negative impact on athletes’ rights, with the document highlighting the case of Caster Semenya. (Michael Pavitt, Inside the Games)
Who Should Compete in Women’s Sports? There Are ‘Two Almost Irreconcilable Positions’—a restrictive Idaho law — temporarily blocked by a federal judge Monday night — has amplified a charged debate about who should be allowed to compete in women’s sports, as transgender athletes have become increasingly accepted on the playing field while still facing strong resistance from some competitors and lawmakers. (Gillian Brassil and Jere Longman, The New York Times)
Football’s first fa’afafine: trans rights trailblazer Jaiyah Saelua on stardom and sisterhood—Fa’afafine athlete and advocate Jaiyah Saelua, and Kaimana, the fa’afafine actor who will play her in Taika Waititi’s latest film, find shared celebration in a uniquely Polynesian story. (Gabriel Faatau’uu-Satiu, The Guardian)
Australian Opals lead new RISE UP campaign with Basketball Australia to support Black Lives Matter movement—Basketball Australia (BA) and the women’s national team, the Opals, have launched a campaign to target racism and discrimination. The RISE UP campaign stands for Respect, Injustice, Standards, Equality, Unity, Peace, with BA and the Opals asking Australians to take action to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people of colour. (AAP/abc.net.au)
The Effects of Menstrual Cycle Phase on Exercise Performance in Eumenorrheic Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis—practically, the current evidence does not warrant general guidance on modulating exercise across the menstrual cycle. As such, we recommend that a personalised approach should be taken based on each individual’s response to exercise performance across the menstrual cycle. (Kelly Lee McNulty et al, Sports Medicine)
Measuring sports performance with mobile applications during the COVID-19 pandemic—measurements of physical performance are an essential part of high performance in sports. However, physical testings are especially challenging during this COVID-19 pandemic, where coaches and athletes are unable to access their usual practice grounds (or not entirely) to collet physiological and performance data. (Julian Lim, Sport Performance & Science Reports)
Sports training: planning methods, methodological practices and load management in basketball, soccer, futsal and tennis—in recent decades, sports science has undergone great changes, providing an important framework of scientific evidence on training methodology. Much of the researchers’ efforts have been focused on studying the most effective strategies to reduce injury risk. Among these, the load management in training and competition, fatigue monitoring or strength training stand out. (Alejandro Romero-Caballero, Dario Alvarez-Salvador, Ignacio Collado-Lazaro & Daniel Varela-Olalla, Sport Performance & Science Reports)
Venezuelan Report by Rosa Lopez de D’Amico
A panel discussion about Women and Sport took place during the During the III Congress of the Latin American Association of Sport Science, Physical Education and Dance (ALCIDED) in conjunction with the III Congress on Sport Science, Physical Activity and Physical Education organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sport. It was a virtual congress hosted by the Venezuelan Ministry of Youth and Sport. The presentation of this panel and other key presentations presentations can be watched on YouTube.
It was a honour to share with the panelist, all of them with great experience. The panelist were: Maria Soto (Athlete representative in the World Confederation of Baseball and Softball), Alejandra Benitez (4 times Olympian and looking forward to participate in Tokyo 2021), Dr. Maria Ozols (Academic from Costa Rica), Aracelis León (president of the Venezuelan Baseball Federation), José Ramón García Salgado (Director of Physical Education in Nicaragua), Aurora Paredes (Lawyer/politician) and Thays Prado (Sport Coordinator of UNWomen). It was a great experience to coordinate this wonderful session; their experiences and comments are so valuable. María Soto, Alejandra Benítez and Aracelis León also have other responsibilities in organizations of their sport at local, national and international level.
Flor Isava Fonseca 1991 – 2020
She passed away August 25th. Flor Isava-Fonseca and Finnish Pirjo Häggman were the first women elected to the International Olympic Committee in 1981. Flor Isava was the first woman to be elected in 1990 to the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee.
Women in Sport
Women and girls must be participants and leaders in sport recover plans, says UN Women—while the world is currently working on addressing and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, women and girls must be both participants and leaders in this process, so their gains are not lost, and a better future for all becomes a reality, says UN Women in a Policy Brief published today. (International Olympic Committee)
Women in High Performance Sport Coaching Initiative – Te Hāpaitanga [New Zealand]—in 2019, HPSNZ established a Women in High Performance Sport (WHPS) pilot project to address issues of gender equity in high performance sport leadership and coaching in Aotearoa New Zealand. (High Performance Sport New Zealand)
Why NZ is now the outlier in world women’s sport—New Zealand, it seems, is leading the world getting women’s sport back up and running. And new fans around the world are watching. Among the fears triggered by Covid-19’s global shutdown of sport was that the growing women’s sports movement would be severely knocked back. (Suzanne McFadden, newsroom)
Women from culturally diverse backgrounds: Understanding why you are or are not interested to be a leader in sport—to help create diverse and inclusive workplaces in sport, we need to understand the needs of women from culturally diverse backgrounds who do and do not want to be leaders. Let us hear ‘your voice’ by completing the attached survey. (Victoria University & Diversity Council Australia
How the Menstrual Cycle Affects Athletic Performance—after an exhaustive search of the literature, researchers conclude that, well, it’s complicated. (Alex Hutchinson, Outside)
Over a quarter of teen girls at risk of not returning to team sport, new research finds—Suncorp’s Team Girls initiative investigates lack of appetite for team sport due to COVID-19. (Suncorp)
Chance To Shine Programme Providing Leadership Skills [UK]—Chance to Shine has published new research which it says will help to create a blueprint for supporting teenage girls to play sport and develop as leaders. (Connect Sport)
Social media trolling affects almost a third of elite British sportswomen, BBC Sport survey finds—elite British sportswomen have spoken out about “horrific abuse” on social media, telling a BBC Sport survey about constant comments on their appearance and sexist remarks questioning their right to play sport. (Becky Grey, BBC)
How coronavirus and finances affect elite British sportswomen—according to a BBC survey of elite British sportswomen, 86% earn less than £30,000 from their sport – with 60% earning less than £10,000, meaning many are holding down ‘normal’ jobs to fund their training and competition. (Sonia Oxley, BBC Sport)
84% Of British Sportswomen Feel They Are Not Paid Enough Compared To Men—the BBC Elite British Sportswomen’s Survey has revealed 84% of British sportswomen believe they are not paid enough, compared to sportsmen. (Joshua Hodson, Ministry of Sport)
Bound by the binary? Towards an inclusive feminist politics of women’s sport [video; 1hr]—the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and the Sport and Gender Equity Research Hub present: Bound by the binary? Towards an inclusive feminist politics of women’s sport, -Madeleine Pape, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University. (Griffith Centre for Social & Cultural Research/YouTube) (Editor: This is controversial in approach and well worth the time to watch).
Real Madrid: Spanish giants’ launch of women’s team ‘a huge positive’—Real Madrid have finally launched their own women’s team – a decision hailed as “a huge positive”. Los Blancos completed a 300,000 euros (£271,000) buyout of Madrid-based club Tacon, which has now been officially renamed Real Madrid Femenino. (bbc.com)
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“Only 12% of elite female athletes felt the media does enough to promote women’s sport”
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The Women’s Sports Network (WSNet) and Menopause Matters (MM) magazine are about to announce a collaboration to produce self-help resource material to help women understand what happens to their bodies in the run up to menopause and what changes they can expect. It will also advocate strategies for diet, lifestyle and exercise to control and/or ameliorate symptoms.
MenoMoJo – will be part of the MoJoManual series. ‘MoJos’ are designed to help women & girls overcome some of the many issues they face engaging in sport. Predicated on Physical Literacy’ they also cover items such as; body image, diet, anxiety, breast health, fit or thin, social media, training with menstruation, coach attitude, fear of failure etc.
MoJos – are an inspiring educational resources that have been voluntarily written by top sport scientists, leading coaches and educational tutors from around the world. Menopause Matters is the award-winning website and only national menopause print magazine in Europe.