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.
Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
University of Western Australia, PhD, History
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
Degrees of Difficulty: How Women's Gymnastics Rose to Prominence and Fell from Grace, University of Illinois Press
Coming of age: coaches transforming the pixie-style model of coaching in women’s artistic gymnastics, Sports Coaching Review 8 (1), 7-24
The Code of Points and Career Development in Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Science of Gymnastics Journal 11 (1)
Histories of Women's Work in Global Sport: A Man's World?, Palgrave Macmillan
The Role of Setting in the Field: The Positioning of Older Bodies in the Field of Elite Women’s Gymnastics, Sociology
Gymnastics’ centre of gravity: the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique, its governance and the Cold War, 1956–1976, Sport in History 37 (3), 309-331
“Gymnasts are like wine, they get better with age”: becoming and developing adult women’s artistic gymnasts, Quest 69 (3), 348-365
Growing up and speaking out: female gymnasts' rights in an ageing sport, Annals of Leisure Research 20 (3), 317-330
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
Making Meaning of the 1970s East-West Gymnastics Tours: Diplomacy, détente, and professionalising women's artistic gymnastics, Sporting Traditions 32 (2), 85-100
Coming of age: Towards best practice in women's artistic gymnastics, Lincoln University, LEaP Research Report No. 37
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