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Acknowledgements ................................................................................................................................... i

Abstract ................................................................................................................................................... ii

Abbreviations ......................................................................................................................................... iii

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................. 1

Aim of project .......................................................................................................................................... 2

Research questions .................................................................................................................................. 2

CHAPTER TWO: METHODOLOGY ............................................................................................... 3

Introduction............................................................................................................................................. 3

Theoretical Framework .......................................................................................................................... 4

Research design: Qualitative research and case study method .............................................................. 6

Participant permission, access and purposive sampling ...................................................................... 10

Research setting and data collection .................................................................................................... 14

Interviews .............................................................................................................................................. 15

Data analysis ........................................................................................................................................ 18

Themes .................................................................................................................................................. 22

Ethical considerations .......................................................................................................................... 23

Summary of methodology ...................................................................................................................... 26

CHAPTER THREE: REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE .............................................................. 27

Introduction........................................................................................................................................... 27

Olympism .............................................................................................................................................. 27

Examining the definitions of Sport ........................................................................................................ 34

Education through sport ....................................................................................................................... 37

Olympic Education ................................................................................................................................ 43

Olympism Pedagogy ............................................................................................................................. 50

Summary of Literature review .............................................................................................................. 57

CHAPTER FOUR: FINDINGS ......................................................................................................... 58

Introduction........................................................................................................................................... 58

Research Question: Q1. Understanding of Olympism .......................................................................... 58

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Chapter Four: Findings

Susannah Stevens



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...like countries that don‟t normally get together can so this through sport and play

each other. Like Brazil or China may not have too much to do with each other outside

of sport.

Falani and Huia talked about cultures being connected to specific sports and how that could teach

other more about a specific culture:

...some countries have a national sport, or just like a sport, and you can learn a lot

about the country by playing it and learning it. Like at school the pacific islanders

love their volleyball and you play with them and celebrate what they enjoy...you are

having fun doing it and mixing with them through sport. You learn about their

culture, but then you also see what they are like as people...you sometimes see their

interactions are different from class, like in volleyball they are super loud and loving

it, and outside of that they are quiet. Huia

There tends to be different sports connected to different cultures, like the Pacific

Islands for example, are rugby dominated and like volleyball. America has like

American football and baseball and England and Europe, soccer. It makes people

think of that place when you see the set sports for the countries. I think that some of

the values in the sports can be linked to the culture... Falani

The data suggests that the participants value non-discrimination, unity and tolerance within sport. The

participants were able to provide specific examples of why these Olympic Ideals are valued. Theme 4

emerged from these findings as a result.



Research Question: Q2. (v) The importance for respecting others

Q2. What are youth‟s perceptions of the importance of the Olympic Ideals (Olympism) in the

practice of sport?

v. The importance for respecting others through sport?



The participants were asked if respect was important and valued in sport. All of the participants

agreed that respect was essential in sport and was a valuable lesson to learn through sport:

Yes [respect is important]. Treat them how you want to be treated. You have to

respect them if you want respect back. Juliet

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Yip [respect is important]. I think that it is easy to say that you respect others, but to

actually show it for others is harder. If you don‟t show respect it...is not really in the

nature of the game. Huia

Blair, Jess and Samuel commented that respect can be shown by athletes after the game:

Shaking hands and saying congratulations. Not doing anything rude or like cheating,

breaking rules. No disrespecting anyone like refs, coaches and stuff. Jess

Say like „good game‟ afterwards, win or lose, shake their hands, being humble about

it not having a big ego, just being a good guy I suppose, not treating them like some

random – treating them like a person....Well they are a person too; we are all humans

after all. Blair

Huia talked about the importance of showing respect to other team mates:

I think listening to people is a big one. Like if someone has an idea...you have to give

them a chance...if people need help [and] come to you and ask something, you

explain it to them.

The majority of participants discussed treating their team mates differently from their opponents.

However, the participants advocated that these differences did not mean any less respect for your

opponents:

As a team, we are trying to defeat the opposition, so....I‟m not going to give them

tactics and stuff. I don‟t respect them any less, but I‟m not going to share tips or go

that far. Charlie

...you treat your team mates differently...talk to them a lot more...work with

them...they are the ones you are working with to try and beat the opponents. Whereas

the opponents, yeah you want to respect them, and don‟t want to hurt them and stuff,

but you still want to beat them. Holly

Huia talked about her personal experiences with respect. She highlighted that respect can be seen in

many different forms; before and after the game; and to different people, such as referees:

...I really like bringing my team mates up...before a game it is all about your team,

you don‟t...care for the other team because that is not the focus. Then after the game,

even if you have won or lost, you shake hands and congratulate them...if they have

played better they deserve it, show them respect...you might be friends with some of

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