Anneliese Goslin (ZAF)

ANNELIESE GOSLINProfessor Dr Anneliese Goslin is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher and advocate in recreation and sport. She holds a D Phil and an MBA from the University of Pretoria. She has published more than 50 peer reviewed scholarly articles and contributed to workbooks and textbooks on sport leadership and international sport business management. She has been awarded numerous honors: State President Sport Award for Promotion of Recreation in South Africa; IOC Sport for All Award for sport development in Africa; Austrian Award for her work in Sport for All, National Association for Girls and Women in Sport International Pathfinder Award (USA); South African Association for Sport and Physical Education Research award for continued promotion of recreation science; Catalyst Award from the Global Center for Women and Sport Leadership (USA); Research Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation (USA). Her professional leadership includes: Previous vice President of TAFISA (Trim and Fitness International Sport for All); Review Board for International Comparative Society for Physical Education and Sport and the International Journal of Sport Management; invited reviewer for African Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation; Editorial Board Member of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE): elected member to the ICSSPE Executive Board, elected Vice President of IAPESGW (International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women) and appointed Chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on Recreation.

Valuing and Devaluing Diversity in Sport: Why care?

Abstract: Despite global policy statements on equality and the value of diversity and inclusivity, global sport continues to experience conflict and dilemmas between policy and practices. Diversity in its broadest context is valued for the richness it brings to human performance. At the same time, however, abundant examples exist of how diversity is devalued and ignored in sport contexts and environments. This presentation explores the primary question of why policy and decision makers in sport needs to bother with diversity. The question is approached and debated from diverse perspectives, including socio-cultural, management, economic and governance perspectives. Faultlines and the juxtaposition between policy and practice are explored and suggestions are offered to increase appreciation for diversity in sport but also focus attention on the negative effects of devaluing diversity in sport.