Abertay University invites you to Sport Cares – a panel discussion on the past, present and future of welfare in sport, hosted by the world’s first Professor of Duty of Care in Sport, David Lavallee. This panel has been assembled from across the world of sport in the UK for this first of its kind event in Scotland – part of the University’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
Join Abertay’s Professor Lavallee as he leads both forward looking and retrospective debate with Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, career transition expert and former rugby internationalist Leon Lloyd, former rugby star and BBC broadcaster John Beattie, mental health in sport expert Ian Braid, and Abertay academic and sociology of sport expert Dr Rhiannon Lord.
This prestigious panel will cover all of the most current and important aspects of welfare in sport – ranging from athlete mental health and injury prevention, through to responsibilities in grassroots coaching and the ever-increasing glare of the media – before handing over to the audience for a Q&A Session.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Main Lecture Theatre on Thursday 7 February from 5.30pm (6.00pm start), followed by a drinks reception.
Professor David Lavallee joined Abertay University in August 2017 as Professor of Duty of Care in Sport. His academic qualifications include a PhD in Sport Psychology (University of Western Australia), as Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (Harvard University) and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosphy (Boston College). His research aims to grow trustworthiness in sport, and contribute to more responsible support for the people involved.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s first Paralymics was Seoul in 1988, where she won a bronze medal in the 400m. A string of medals followed, including gold at Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens Paralympics. As an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, she has spoken on disability rights, welfare reform, and of course, sport where is an advocate for Duty of Care.
John Beattie is a former Scottish international rugby player turned journalist, who now presents the lunchtime news programme on BBC Radio Scotland. He has a wealth of knowledge of the sports sector, fronting BBC Scotland radio and TV programmes on rugby, shinty, athletics, highland games, badminton and the Commonwealth games.
Leon Lloyd has played rugby at the highest level and is now a leading figure in sports management and CEO of Switch the Play. His specific interests are in developing athletes both on and off the field, particularly helping with career transitions. Since 2005, Leon has been an active ambassador and business mentor for The Prince’s Trust, helping young people aged 13 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.
Ian Braid is the former CEO of the British Athletes Commission. He has been involved in progressing Duty of Care in Sport for many years. Currently bringing his passion and insight together through his independent company DOCIAsport (Duty of Care In Action), Ian has experience with a series of major bodies.
Dr Rhiannon Lord is a lecturer in sociology of sport and the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching degree at Abertay University. Her research interests are focused primarily on athletic identity construction, confirmation and maintenance and the challenges associated with these processes, with broader interests around inequity, inequality and discrimination in sport and exercise subcultures.