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Title: The lived experience of sex integrated sport and the construction of athlete identity within the Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian disciplines
Authors: De Haan, Donna
Sotiriadou, Popi
Henry, Ian
Keywords: Equestrian sport
Sex integration
Gender
Identity
Elite sport
Managing high performance sport
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: DE HAAN, D, SOTIRIADOU, P. and HENRY, I., 2016. The lived experience of sex integrated sport and the construction of athlete identity within the Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian disciplines. Sport in Society, 19 (8-9), pp. 1249-1266.
Abstract: Equestrian sport is not subjected to the dominant binary sex segregation of most sports and therefore provides a unique opportunity to review how athlete ‘identity’ is constructed and framed within a sex integrated sporting experience. This research draws on an ethnographic evaluation of the Olympic and Paralympic experience of the British Equestrian Team. A total of 28 interviews were conducted with riders, performance managers and support staff with transcripts subjected to Ethnographic Content Analysis (ECA). Results show clear constructs of identity, such ‘them and us’, ‘horsey’, and ‘discipline specific’, with a noted absence of gender in the way interviewees describe themselves and others within the sport. Furthermore, in their accounts of their lives there is a lack of salience of gender with regards to their identity as sports persons. The paper considers the implications of this phenomenon for a claim that equestrian sport might be described from a participant’s perspective as gender neutral.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 19th April 2017.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2015.1096259
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19324
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2015.1096259
ISSN: 1743-0445
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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