I am currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. My research broadly aims to understand how culture shapes the experiences of disabled athletes. I do this through a sociocultural lens using qualitative research methods such as interviews and participant observations. My hope is that my experiences as a disabled athlete will bring valuable understanding and knowledge to this body of scholarship.
I am currently working as a graduate student research assistant on SSLOPE, an SSHRC funded mixed methods research study with principal investigator Bill Miller out of the GF Strong Rehabilitation Center. The study aims to look at quality participation of disabled people in B.C. Adaptive Snowsports programs and utilizes research methods such as surveys and participant interviews.
My personal research project will look at the relationship dynamics between elite visually impaired athletes and their sighted guides. The partnership between a guide and visually impaired athlete is very unique and currently not represented in academic literature. I am looking forward to learning more about the experiences of other athletes, guides, and the dynamics of this unique partnership across different sports.
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