Issue 9 - June 2014

In this issue

Para-cycling World Cup – Congratulations Hannah!
Research updates
Award – Emma Sherry

Recent publications and other outputs by CSSI members

Para-cycling World Cup

Congratulations Hannah!

Hannah MacDougall has been selected to represent Australia at the Para-cycling World Cup in Segovia in July 2014.

Hannah, a CSSI PhD student, is supervised by Drs Emma Sherry, Paul O'Halloran and Nora Shields.

The title of her thesis is Investigation of a well-being intervention program in elite disability sport. This study aims to investigate a targeted wellbeing intervention program for elite athletes with a disability, specifically, within the Australia sporting domain.

Research updates

Emma Sherry - One Netball Pacific

Emma Sherry has been working with Netball Australia on an evaluation of their AusAid/Australian Sports Commission-funded Pacific Netball Partnership program. Emma and her colleague, Dr Nico Schulenkorf from UTS, have visited Vanuatu and the Cook Islands, with further visits to Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Samoa scheduled in May and July this year. 

This evaluation seeks to identify how the Netball Australia program, in partnership with the national netball organisations in each country, are working towards achieving their goals to develop capacity for netball, reduce non-communicable diseases in the community and develop women's leadership capacity. This project has been funded by Netball Australia from 2014-2017 for $275,000.

Brad Wright – working hard in Germany

OSP has provided an opportunity to get moving with our RFA-funded project investigating the effects of chronic stress on decision making with a sample of jockeys. We have completed stage 1 which involved running the four focus group sessions and the data is now being analysed. Stage 2 will begin in July upon my return.

I was in London during April and presented at a conference at the University of London. This was the home of author George Orwell (1984 fame), so it was cool to look down from his perspective on the areas that inspired the 'Ministry of Truth'.

I am working in Dusseldorf, Germany at the moment, collaborating on some projects here and of course enjoying some excellent beer and soccer!


Congratulations to Emma Sherry who has been awarded a 2014 Victorian Women's Governance Scholarship to undertake the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course.  This scholarship is awarded by the Minister for Women's Affairs and was awarded for her work with the VicSport and Sport Management Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) Board.


Erica Randle in San Francisco

Erica attended the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals' 2014 National Outdoor Recreation Conference in San Francisco, USA in May 2014. SORP is the leading association of outdoor recreation professionals who strive to protect our natural resources while providing sustainable access. This year's conference theme was 'Thriving in a New Economic Reality'.

Erica presented findings from her PhD Regulating Commercial Tourism in Victorian National Parks and enjoyed the sites of San Francisco, visiting the unique Presidio National Recreation Area as part of the conference field trip, and watching the fog roll in.

Recent publications and other outputs by CSSI members

Journal articles

McDonald, K., Stewart, B. & Dingle, G. (2014). Managing multi-purpose leisure facilities in a time of climate change. Managing Leisure. DOI: 10.1080/13606719.2014.885719

Conferences and seminars

Conference paper accepted for publication

Matthew Nicholson and Emma Sherry's paper, 'Negotiating National Identity through loss: Australian newspaper coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup,' has been accepted for publication in Soccer and Society.

Conference presentations

Emma Sherry and her co-authors, Merryn Sherwood, Angela Osborne and Matthew Nicholson, will be presenting their research titled 'Women in the sports pages; new solutions for facilitating media coverage' submitted for the United Nations 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport in Helsinki, Finland in June this year.

Enquiries and suggestions

Professor Russell Hoye
Director CSSI
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law | La Trobe University | Bundoora, Vic 3086
T: +61 (0) 3 9479 1345