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The influence of paternal co-participation on girls’ participation in surfing, mountain biking, and skateboarding in regional Australia

Nash, M ORCID: 0000-0002-7429-4924 and Moore, R 2020 , 'The influence of paternal co-participation on girls’ participation in surfing, mountain biking, and skateboarding in regional Australia' , Leisure Studies , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.1080/02614367.2020.1862283.

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Abstract

In 2021, surfing and skateboarding are scheduled to join mountain-bikingas Olympic sports for the first time, a classification that comes withrequirements related to sex/gender equity. Yet, these sports, and actionsports generally, continue to be male dominated as questions of performance and risk are framed around boys, men, and masculinities. Thisqualitative study explored the facilitators of 27 Australian girls’ participation in surfing, mountain biking and skateboarding. This article focuses onthe value of paternal co-participation, which was notable in interviewswith girls who surf or mountain bike. In particular, we examine thecomplexity of the role and influence of fathers in girls’ participation.Reflecting their position in action sports, men often shape how girls accessthese sports and develop their skills. This points to the importance of menand fathers in facilitating girls’ participation in action sports, and possiblybroader physical activity behaviours. However, we argue that merelyfacilitating their daughters’ participation without addressing the experiences of women without male ‘patrons’ in action sports reinscribes maledominance rather than improving gender equity. This study contributesto established work that aims to inform policies and strategies to encourage greater participation of girls and women in action sports.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Nash, M and Moore, R
Keywords: girls, action sports, lifestyle sports, surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking, Tasmania, gender
Journal or Publication Title: Leisure Studies
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0261-4367
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/02614367.2020.1862283
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