Kate Kirby's Confirmation Presentation

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Kate Kirby's Confirmation Presentation

We invite you to attend the Confirmation Presentation of Kate Kirby, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: High performance sport in regional Queensland, 1970 – 2020: a prosopographical analysis of drivers

Presenter: Kate Kirby

When: Thursday, 13 December 10am-12nn

Where: Building H2 room 2.09

Abstract: In the documented sports history of Queensland, metropolitan sporting successes and traditions of Brisbane and surrounds are interwoven with histories of specific sports across periods of the nation and state’s past. The regional sport experience is an important element of the Queensland sport history fabric, and there remains opportunity to further explore the regional Queensland lived high performance experience.

With the population set by the criteria of high performance, rather than by specific sport participation, this research will apply a prosopographical lens to a fifty-year period of regional Queensland sports history, covering 1970 to 2020. The investigation will focus on the lived experiences of high performance populations during this period, with three regional Queensland geographical areas assessed, including North Queensland, Central Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast. The population will include athletes, coaches, and administrators involved in high performance sport training in the region.

This research will reflect on how this national and state sporting environment filtered through to the lived experience of high performance sport populations in regional Queensland. Throughout the research, drivers of regionally-based high performance athlete success will be investigated, with observations mapped to macro-, meso- and micro-levels of high performance models. Research results will have the potential to further inform future regional high performance sport policies and programs, while also providing further detail to the regional Queensland historical sporting narrative.

Bio: Kate is a Doctoral candidate in the School of Social Sciences supervised by Dr Amy Clarke, Professor Brendan Burkett, and Professor Joanne Scott. Kate holds a Master of Information Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science, and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Australian History and Art History).

Should you have any questions about this event please contact FABLHDR@usc.edu.au.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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