Wheelchair Sport: Pushing from Atlanta to Rio

Jan 2015

On 14th January 2015 Professor Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey, Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, gave her Inaugural Lecture as a Professor at Loughborough University. Peter Harrison joined the audience of sports scientists and other academics at Loughborough to hear Professor Goosey-Tolfrey reflect on her professional activities since attending the Atlanta Paralympic Games in 1996 as a PhD student and sport science support officer to Wheelchair Racing (working with the likes of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and David Weir).

She explained how key individuals had supported the development of her research, particularly working with wheelchair basketball under the leadership of Sir Phillip Craven and as consultant for wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby and for the British Paralympic Association through to London 2012.

As Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport at Loughborough University, she outlined how current projects and the development of evidence based sports science at the Centre will lead up to Rio 2016. www.lboro.ac.uk/research/phc/

  • Professor Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey
    Professor Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey