Governing Integration in Sport Systems: A Case Study of Swimming Canada

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  • 1 Western University
  • | 2 University of Ottawa
  • | 3 Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
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This case follows Katie, a sport manager, as she researches Swimming Canada, an early adopter of integration (governing both able-bodied and para-swimming within one organization). The case demonstrates the organizational challenges and opportunities of integrating parasport and the able-bodied counterpart into one national sport governing body. While philosophically integration seems to be a good direction, the case of Swimming Canada demonstrates some of the key issues that need to be considered around access and inclusion, human capital resources for sport delivery, governance mechanisms, and the structure of sport that is influenced by many different social constructs. This case is particularly useful for addressing how sport policy and politics impact organizational change, inclusion, equity, and sport governance. The case is appropriate for use at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Misener is with the Department of Kinesiology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. Bodin is with the School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Kay is with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Bodin ( is corresponding author.

Supplementary Materials

    • Teaching Note (PDF 138 KB)