Interview with SPOMI-members Gijsbert Oonk and Jacco van Sterkenburg (Erasmus University Rotterdam) on racism and racialisation in football.
Immigrants and Minorities
The latest issue of Immigrants and Minorites focuses on Sport and the Irish Diaspora and was guest edited by SPOMI-member Dr. Conor Curran.
Simon Barrick, Cape Breton University
My research focuses on sport participation, national identity, social inclusion, and integration. As many of you are likely aware, winter and winter sports are central to Canadian identity. Yet, distinct participation barriers exist (e.g., cost, racism, lack of knowledge) making it difficult for many marginalized communities — including migrants — to access winter sports. For my PhD dissertation, I co-designed introductory winter sports programming — The WinSport Welcomes Newcomers Initiative (WWNI) — with an intersectoral team of community sport and settlement services administrators. Results from my qualitative case study examination of the programming demonstrate that a) migrant program participants strongly associate winter sport participation with Canadian identity, b) migrant program participants are interested in family-centred programming where they can interact with people from “Canadian” backgrounds, and c) efforts to reduce participation barriers through the WWNI (e.g., offering free programming and sport equipment rentals) do not reduce all systemic challenges (e.g., what comes next once migrant program participants finish the programs).
Since starting my faculty position at Cape Breton University (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada) in July 2020, I am in the process of launching the following two projects: 1) critically interrogating how winter sport organizations (i.e., various curling stakeholder organizations) are addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion considerations, and 2) exploring the intersections between migration, rurality, post-secondary institutions, social inclusion, and sport within Cape Breton Island.
I am looking forward to connecting with many of you in the coming months and years. Thanks for reading!
Scholarship offered by Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre
Investigation of a cross-cultural training programme for coaches and its efficacy.