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Bik C. Chow

The purpose of the research was to study the transitional experiences of elite female athletes who are going through the process of athletic retirement. Using a life history approach, six former and six current athletes in Hong Kong were interviewed. Semi-structured interviews were utilized based on the Schlossberg’s (1981, 1984) transition model. Data were analyzed using typology and constant comparison methods. Diversity and commonality in the experiences of women withdrawing from elite sports competition were found. The life history approach was effective in illustrating the ways in which Hong Kong female athletes feel and think about career end, with a transition from competition to retirement evident as part of career passing. Content analysis of interviews revealed several salient themes related to sports retirement. Key distinctions across projected and experienced retirement were associated with a woman’s being an immigrant athlete, entering early into sport, and pursuing an education. Athlete status also affected transition to retirement and lifestyle after an elite sports career.

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Jared A. Russell, Sheri Brock and Mary E. Rudisill

be valued and supported in their endeavors and roles. Leaders who prioritize inclusive excellence position diversity, inclusion, and equity at the heart of their unit’s strategic vision because they are deemed critical to achieving a unit’s mission and goals and demonstrating academic excellence

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Claire-Marie Roberts and Jacky Forsyth

influencing the culture of sport, such that it becomes a female-friendly environment for gender diversity. Summary This statement merely provides an overview of some of the key themes evident in the conference contributions. There were many more talks and presentations that provided us with an insight of the

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Leanne Norman

national governing body, are mediated by the organizational and the personal. Women’s Sense of Organizational Fit The underrepresentation of women in coaching, globally, is a well-documented issue and at the same time, from a UK perspective, it is well understood that the diversity and balance of our

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Lori A. Gano-Overway

research, theoretical papers, reviews, practical articles, and commentaries from a diversity of disciplinary perspectives using varied methodologies. I would like to continue to encourage these submissions; however, I would certainly welcome work that is interdisciplinary or uses mixed method approaches

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Elizabeth A. Taylor, Allison B. Smith, Natalie M. Welch and Robin Hardin

( Washington & Patterson, 2011 ; Walker & Sartore-Baldwin, 2013 ). For instance, Institutional Theory has been utilized to assess a number of issues in intercollegiate sport including hegemonic masculinity ( Walker & Sartore-Baldwin, 2013 ), diversity and inclusion ( Cunningham, 2008 ), and

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this has on fragility fracture risk with age. Invited Speaker: Dr. Leanne Norman Reader, Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University, UK Presenting a programme of research towards improving gender diversity in the UK coaching profession Sport and gender literature includes numerous examples of

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Kamiel Reid and Christine Dallaire

/positional “fit” ( Koca & Öztürk, 2015 ), that constrain gender diversity ( Cunningham, 2011 ). We have drawn on two of these types of factors—stereotypes and structural factors ( Cunningham, 2011 )—to further enhance our understanding of how the women we interviewed made sense of their experiences as female

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Gwendolyn M. Weatherford, Betty A. Block and Fredrick L. Wagner

, continually emerging interpretability” (p. 167) and certain universal and formidable challenges. He defined this concept within the context of higher education while describing mass higher education systems as revealing evolving patterns, increasing diversity, being subject to dominant influences that shape

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Meg G. Hancock, Alicia Cintron and Lindsey Darvin

of a department may prompt further career development and growth. Further, athletic administration can utilize this research to promote diversity within the department. Providing athletic staff with opportunities within the department such as shadowing, one-on-one meetings with the Athletic Director