New partnership provides insights on women in sport

11 March 2022 | News

Lincoln University has become a partner on the new Women in Sport Aotearoa, Ngā Wāhine Hākinakina o Aotearoa (WISPA) Insight Hub.

It joined other organisations on the website such as New Zealand Rugby, High Performance Sport New Zealand, and Sport Northland.

The Hub was launched on International Women’s Day (8 March) and features insights and research that show how individuals and organisations across Aotearoa New Zealand and Oceania are positively impacting the landscape for women and girls in play, active recreation and sport.

Lincoln University’s Sport and Recreation research programme is diverse, spanning sport science, sport and recreation management, outdoor recreation, sport sociology and sport history.

In many of these areas, staff and students have explored issues such as gender segregation, women’s historical participation, programmes designed to increase girls’ physical activity levels and other studies focused on women and girls.

Sport has always been part of studying at Lincoln University. It competes against universities and institutions and has played in local competitions for decades: in hockey, rowing, rugby, cricket and a myriad of other codes. It has been part of how the University grows students more than just academically, expanding opportunities and building a sense of pride and accomplishment among peers.

Since 1999, Lincoln has offered sports scholarships for dedicated sports people to achieve their goals on the field and court, and in the lecture theatre, and the programme has produced many of New Zealand’s top female athletes in netball, rugby, cricket, athletics, basketball, rowing and hockey.

Lincoln is also a member of University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand, a not-for-profit organisation that enables competition and workforce opportunities for tertiary students in sport. This sits alongside a dedicated commitment encouraging social sport and the benefits it brings, primarily making friends and having fun.

WISPA is a charity “that exists to transform society through leadership, advocacy and research, ensuring that all women and girls gain equity of opportunity to participate, compete and build careers in sport and active recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand”.