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Pushing boundaries: Women in sport and exercise conference, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, June 11–12, 2019

Bullingham, Rachael; Brown, Nicola; Forsyth, Jacky; Roberts, Claire-Marie


Rachael Bullingham

Nicola Brown

Jacky Forsyth


Opportunities for women in sport and exercise are expanding rapidly, whether it is leading a governing body, excelling in elite competition or simply participation for fitness, camaraderie and the love of sport. However, there is still much work to do to achieve a level playing field. The 2019 conference programme was based around the theme of Pushing Boundaries and aimed to bring together leading thinkers and practitioners from a range of disciplines to promote discussion and debate around the issues that females face in sport and exercise at all levels. In addition, it focused on how the industry can innovate, challenge attitudes and push the boundaries that still exist for women in sport.

The conference explored the latest research and real-world evidence to address female-specific issues and life stages that impact on sport or exercise performance and health. It explored sex and gender inequality in the sport and exercise arena and provided occasion to discuss the opportunities and issues surrounding female participation in physical activity. Key areas of focus were the practical application of research to increase the opportunities for females in sport and exercise and minimise and overcome identified barriers.

The Conference Committee comprised of Dr Nicola Brown (Chair, St Mary’s University), Dr Jacky Forsyth (Staffordshire University), Dr Claire-Marie Roberts (UWE Bristol) and Dr Rachael Bullingham (University of Worcester) and Dr Charles Pedlar (St Mary’s University). Collectively their expertise spans a number of disciplines in women’s health including anatomy, physiology, psychology, sports sociology and culture.


Bullingham, R., Brown, N., Forsyth, J., & Roberts, C. (2020). Pushing boundaries: Women in sport and exercise conference, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, June 11–12, 2019. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 28(1), 53-54.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2020
Publication Date Apr 1, 2020
Deposit Date Nov 26, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 2, 2020
Journal Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
Print ISSN 1063-6161
Electronic ISSN 1938-1581
Publisher Human Kinetics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 53-54
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