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Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

I'm a cultural historian who specialises in sport during the Cold War. In particular, I've focused on the culture and the history of women's gymnastics, and especially how it is governed, gendered, and coached. A book based on my doctoral thesis, 'Degrees of Difficulty: How Women's Gymnastics Rose to Prominence and Fell From Grace', will be published at the end of 2020.

I've also collaborated closely with other researchers to develop best practice recommendations for coaches and national governing bodies to create a more positive training environment for gymnasts. A former New Zealand international gymnast myself, I'm keenly invested in these issues.

I'm also interested in women's sport history more broadly. My recent co-edited volume drew attention to the biographies of women who have long been involved in international sports administration but have often been left off the historical record. 'Histories of Women's Work in Global Sport: A Man's World?' was shortlisted for best anthology at the North American Society for Sport History.

Experience

  • –present
    Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

Education

  • 2017 
    University of Western Australia, PhD, History

Publications

  • 2020
    Ringing the Changes: How the Relationship between the International Gymnastics Federation and the International Olympic Committee Has Shaped Gymnastics Policy, Sport History Review, 51 (1), 46–63
  • 2020
    Degrees of Difficulty: How Women's Gymnastics Rose to Prominence and Fell from Grace, University of Illinois Press
  • 2019
    Coming of age: coaches transforming the pixie-style model of coaching in women’s artistic gymnastics, Sports Coaching Review 8 (1), 7-24
  • 2019
    The Code of Points and Career Development in Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Science of Gymnastics Journal 11 (1)
  • 2019
    Histories of Women's Work in Global Sport: A Man's World?, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2018
    The Role of Setting in the Field: The Positioning of Older Bodies in the Field of Elite Women’s Gymnastics, Sociology
  • 2017
    Gymnastics’ centre of gravity: the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique, its governance and the Cold War, 1956–1976, Sport in History 37 (3), 309-331
  • 2017
    “Gymnasts are like wine, they get better with age”: becoming and developing adult women’s artistic gymnasts, Quest 69 (3), 348-365
  • 2017
    Growing up and speaking out: female gymnasts' rights in an ageing sport, Annals of Leisure Research 20 (3), 317-330
  • 2016
    n Ironic Imbalance: Coaching Opportunities and Gender in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics in Australia and New Zealand, The International Journal of the History of Sport 33 (17), 2139-2152
  • 2016
    Making Meaning of the 1970s East-West Gymnastics Tours: Diplomacy, détente, and professionalising women's artistic gymnastics, Sporting Traditions 32 (2), 85-100
  • 2015
    Coming of age: Towards best practice in women's artistic gymnastics, Lincoln University, LEaP Research Report No. 37
  • 2015
    Gymnasts are Not Merely Circus Phenomena: Influences on the Development of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics During the 1970s, The International Journal of the History of Sport 32 (16), 1929-1946