"I feel we are inclusive enough": examining swimming coaches' understandings of inclusion and disability

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Abstract

In this study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight Victorian swimming coaches to examine the discourses of disability1 and inclusion that they expressed in relation to their current coaching practices. Analysis specifically pursued links between neoliberalism, ableism, elitism, classification and inclusion in coaching, with the intention of exploring what discourse relations are possible, imaginable and practical within what have been referred to as neoliberal-ableist times. Findings reveal that coaches replicate and reproduce elitist, ableist assumptions about the body and sport. The discussion prompts a consideration of how rationalities and techniques of inclusion are limited under the prevailing political context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-321
Number of pages11
JournalSociology of Sport Journal
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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