Leveraging a social learning space for disability sport to mitigate the impact of Covid-19

The project aims to understand and support Canadian wheelchair curling leaders (i.e., coaches, athletes, and sport administrators) to return to sport and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Bringing coaches together virtually and educating them to provide athlete support remotely can have a positive effect on the sport landscape post-pandemic. The intern will identify the sport gaps and strengths and align Curling Canada’s resources and goals with provincial return to play guidelines. The research activities include conducting interviews with stakeholders, analyzing the data, writing both research and applied reports for knowledge translation. The applied learning activities involve nurturing the social learning space based on the needs of the stakeholders as per the research activities. The expected outcomes are facilitating the communication between wheelchair curling leaders by providing a social learning space and publishing of two papers in peer review journals. The project will inform other Canadian disability sport organizations.

Faculty Supervisor:

Diane M Culver


Tiago Duarte


Curling Canada




Arts, entertainment and recreation


University of Ottawa



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