Para Sport - From Grassroots To Elite Performance Podcast

Para Sport is a broad and inclusive term that covers grassroots competitions for people with a disability, all the way up to the Paralympic Games- the pinnacle of sports competition for para athletes. A common thread throughout all para sport is Classification. This webinar will introduce this complex and contentious concept of how and why athletes are placed into classes. We will discuss fairness, talent, impairment and performance and touch on some controversy in Para Sport including intentional misrepresentation (cheating) and whether athletes with impairments should compete at the Olympic games. To conclude, we will link these concepts back to how AEP’s AES’s and Sport Scientists might need to consider classification in their practice and also how they might facilitate participation in para sport for people with a disability. 
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 21 November 2019.  

Presented by Dr Emma Beckman, BAppSci(HMS), PhD
Dr Emma Beckman is an academic in a Teaching and Research position at the University of Queensland. Dr Beckman’s research interests are predominantly in Para Sport, with a particular focus in classification research. She is interested and passionate about engaging in research to improve the lives of people with disabilities through sport and physical activity. Dr Beckman also has a keen interest in Interprofessional practice, and has won an international award for her commitment to interprofessional collaborations and international engagement. She has been successful in securing over one million dollars in research funding, predominantly from industry sources. Emma is an accredited Paralympic Athletics Classifier both nationally and internationally, and volunteers for Athletics Australia and The International Paralympic Committee in this capacity. Emma is accredited as an Exercise Physiologist and a Sport Scientist and was recognized as a Women’s leader in Sport in 2018 by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)

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ESSA Member   $30.00 
Non-Member       $50.00
ESSA Student Member   $15.00
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Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Sport Scientists Level 1 and/or Accredited Sport Scientists Level 2



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