Elite sport culture and policy interrelationships: The case of Sprint Canoe in Australia

Popi Sotiriadou*, Lisa Gowthorp, Veerle De Bosscher

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In recent years, elite sport policy has received considerable research attention. However, to date the emphasis of such studies has been the examination of policies as stand-alone entities and the ways each policy may impact athlete performance rather than how policies influence each other. This study explores the elite sport policy interrelationships of Sprint Canoe in order to explain the dynamic links between policies and how they may affect performance. To explore these links in depth, interviews with coaches, high performance managers and athletes from Sprint Canoe in Australia were conducted. The findings of this study offer a contribution to the existing literature on elite sport policy and go beyond the mere exploration of sport and country-specific policy contexts. They showcase the role of a sport’s culture on shaping policy linkages and interrelationships. The practical implications of recognising where sport policies require attention and how to achieve improvements are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-617
Number of pages20
JournalLeisure Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

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