Psychology Colloquium: Applied Sport and Performance Psychology: Effects of Stereotypes on Athletes’ and Coaches’ Wellbeing and Performance
Speaker: Dr Kotryna K. Fraser (she/her/hers) is a Lecturer and an early career researcher in the Discipline of Exercise and Sport Sciences at the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney. She completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in positive youth development through sport before joining the academic team at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Kotryna’s current research focuses on equity and inclusion in sport and the effects the stereotypes have on players, coaches, and support staff. Kotryna also is a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology Support) and has been working with athletes and coaches since 2013.
Abstract: Both Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games are the most gender-representative Games in history. This is due to the increasing efforts to challenge the existing gendered stereotypes and status quo of the white heterosexual cis-gender abled-bodied male preserve of sport. Nonetheless, a gender gap and lack of representation are still seen among coaches, leaders and technical officials as only 13% of the accredited coaches at the Tokyo 2020 Games were female. No statistics are available on other protected characteristics such as ethnic identity or sexual orientation. In this presentation, I will offer a brief overview of how stereotypes affect our physical performance, result in emotional consequences, and may lead to adverse mental health and eventual withdrawal from sport. I will make links between social self-identity in the evaluative context and research on imposter feelings so that the high-performance sectors could draw lessons from.
IN PERSON VENUE: A08.02.217.Heydon Laurence Building. Heydon Laurence Lecture Theatre 217 (DT Anderson)