Restoring the balance: women's experiences of retiring from elite sport

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Albion, Majella J.. 2007. "Restoring the balance: women's experiences of retiring from elite sport." Albion, Majella J. and Collins, Pauline (ed.) 2007 International Women's Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... theTriple Layers of a Woman's Life. Toowoomba, Australia 26 - 29 Sep 2007 Toowoomba, Australia.
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Restoring the balance: women's experiences of retiring from elite sport

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AuthorAlbion, Majella J.
EditorsAlbion, Majella J. and Collins, Pauline
Journal or Proceedings TitleRefereed Proceedings of the 2007 International Women’s Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... the Triple Layers of a Woman's Life
Number of Pages5
Year2007
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
ISBN9781921420009
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://eprints.usq.edu.au/3321/2/Albion_Collins_eds_IWC_Proceedings_2007.pdf
Conference/Event2007 International Women's Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... theTriple Layers of a Woman's Life
Event Details
2007 International Women's Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... theTriple Layers of a Woman's Life
Event Date
26 to end of 29 Sep 2007
Event Location
Toowoomba, Australia
Abstract

Being an elite athlete requires single-minded determination, commitment, and focus on sport. These can have a detrimental effect on long-term career plans, with decisions and preparations for life after sport being put on hold for a time, or being given a lower priority. In order to assist athletes take a longer-term and more holistic view of their life goals, the Athlete Career and Education (ACE) program was developed through the Australian Institute of Sport. This paper presents a brief overview of a 5-year longitudinal study which was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the ACE program and looks specifically at the sport and retirement experiences of four female elite-level athletes: three netballers, and a gymnast.

Keywordselite athletes; retirement; athlete career and education program
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520107. Sport and exercise psychology
440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
441001. Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Psychology
University of Southern Queensland
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