The SSI Board Members

Anne Tiivas

Anne Tiivas

Co-funded by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Sport England, Sport NI, UK Sport and Sport Wales. She has been centrally involved in shaping and monitoring National Safeguarding Standards for Children in Sport in the UK since 2001 and in developing the new International Safeguards for Children in Sport (working with UNICEF UK as a founder member of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport Founders group). In 2016 the Child Protection in Sport Unit was awarded the Unicef International Safeguarding Children in Sport award at the Beyond Sport Summit.

Anne advises a number of international groups on child protection and safeguarding in sport , including Panathlon International (member of the Scientific and Cultural Committee)  and is frequently called on to help with policy development overseas. She has recently been part of several European Union projects on safeguarding in Youth sport and elite youth sport that cross more than a dozen European Member States. These include ‘Safeguarding youth Sport’ led by the ICES and the ‘Sport Respects Your rights’ initiative co-ordinated by Edgehill University.

Anne has worked with the IOC on several projects in recent years and is co-author of the most recent ‘IOC Consensus Statement: harassment and abuse (non-accidental violence) in sport’. She has written widely on the topic of abuse of children in sport and is co-author of a new chapter in the 2017 Oxford Textbook of Children’s Sport and Exercise Medicine -Protecting child athletes from medical mismanagement and other forms of (non-accidental) violence in sport.

Anne is Chair and Director of Safe Sport International.

Email: anne.tiivas@safesportinternational.com

Trisha Leahy PhD

Trisha Leahy PhD (Psychology)

Trisha is Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Sports Institute, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s (HKSAR) delivery agent for elite sport systems. She has also previously worked as Senior Psychologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, and was awarded the Australia Medal for services to sports in 2000. Dr Leahy has extensive experience at the front line of service provision to athletes who have experienced violence in sport, as well as in research and professional training provision to members of the athletes’ entourage. She was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission’s expert consultative group on the prevention of abuse in sport 2007-2015.  She was also a member of a UNICEF expert working group advising on research and policy to prevent violence against children in sport from 2007-2009. In Hong Kong, Dr Leahy is extensively involved in community work,  serving as consultant/ advisor to key NGOs on gender and sexual violence. She is a member of the HKSAR Equal Opportunities Commission, and the HKSAR Women’s Commission from 2010-2016. She was the 2006-2007 President of the Hong Kong Psychological Society and has served as a Management Committee Member/Academic Advisory Panel member at three local Universities.

Her selected awards include:

  • the IOC Prince Alexander de Merode Award for research excellence for her work on body image in elite female athletes, 1999
  • the Australia Medal for services to Australian sport, at the Sydney Olympics, 2000
  • the HKSAR Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) in for her services to the community and to sport in Hong Kong, 2014

Email: trisha@hksi.org.hk

Sandra Kirby PhD

Sandra Kirby PhD (Psychology)

Sandra (Hon. Secretary, SSI) is Professor Emerita at the University of Winnipeg, Canada where until recently she was Associate Vice-President (Academic), and Dean of Graduate Studies. A former Olympic rower (1976), she is a competitive cross-country skier, a masters rowing coach and was a FISA international umpire for rowing until the end of 2014. Sandra completed the first national quantitative survey of sexual harassment and abuse amongst Canadian Olympic and high performance athletes (1996). In 1993 she was one of the founding members of the WomenSport International Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Abuse (Chaired by Celia Brackenridge) and was also a member of a UNICEF expert working group advising on research and policy to prevent violence against children in sport from 2007-2009. She has authored a number of books including The Dome of Silence: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport (Fernwood, 2000) and Experience Research and Social Change: Methods Beyond the Mainstream (Broadview 2006). Her latest books are Playing It Forward: 50 Years of Women and Sport in Canada (with Demers, Greaves and Lay), 2013 – in which she authored a chapter on sexual abuse in sport and another on gender verification and Experience, Research Social change (2016). Currently she is on the Advisory Committee for the “Out in the Fields”, a study of some 10,000 athletes and homophobia. She is also the leader of the Canadian educational reform programme for training national and international rowing umpires. Her selected awards include:

  • Rowing Canada Aviron, National Umpire of the Year Award, 2014, Manitoba Umpire of the Year 2016.
  • Rowing Canada Aviron, 40 Year Service Award, for volunteer and continuous service to the sport of rowing in Canada, 2016
  • Selected only Canadian FISA umpire for Paralympic Games, London 2012
  • Selected to Pan American Games FISA Jury, 2011
  • Selected to FISA international Juries for World Cups, Under-23 Championships and World Masters Games
  • YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, 2003
  • CAAWS Breakthrough Award: ‘Herstory’ category, 2001
  • Governor General’s Medal – Canada 125 Medal for Service to Canada, Governor General of Canada, Ottawa, 1993
  • Canadian Olympian (1976 –rowing); winner of numerous national and international honours as a single sculler and later as a masters-age rower and cross-country skier

Email: s.kirby@uwinnipeg.ca

Malia Arrington

Malia Arrington

Arrington currently serves as chief operating officer of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, an organisation she helped charter through her work with the U.S. Olympic Committee, where she served as senior director, ethics and SafeSport. In 2012, Arrington was tasked with creating the USOC’s SafeSport initiative, which imposed safeguards and provided training and education related to emotional, physical and sexual misconduct – including bullying, hazing, harassment and abuse – throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. More recently, Arrington oversaw externalization of the programme and the 2017 launch of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which independently investigates and resolves allegations of sexual misconduct for the USOC’s 47 member national governing bodies.

 

Email: malia.arrington@usoc.org

Kari Fasting PhD

Kari Fasting PhD

Kari was the first female professor in sport science in the Nordic countries (1987) and the first rector of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences and is now Professor Emerita. She is past president of the International Association for Sociology of Sport, and in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of sociology of sport she was awarded an honorary membership in 2011. Prof. Fasting is a founding member and past President of WomenSport International (WSI), and represents this organisation in the International Working Group for Women in Sport (IWG). Kari was a track and field athlete (400-800m), participating in 11 Norwegian Championships, and representing Norway on the national team from 1962 to 1970. She also served as member of the Executive Board of the Norwegian Amateur Track and Field Association from 1976 to 1980.

Kari’s research has been concerned with various aspects related to “equality and diversity” in sport, with a focus on sport and exercise in the lives of women. For the past 20 years her research has been centred on sexual harassment and abuse in sport. Based on her research projects in Norway, Czech Republic and Greece she has published extensively internationally in this field.  She has also worked as an expert consultant in this area for major organisations, including: the International Olympic Committee (2006 –), the Norwegian Confederation of Sports, the Czech Olympic Committee, UNICEF and recently the EU. She is often a keynote speaker internationally.  Her empirical work has been applied to programmes internationally for preventing sexual harassment and abuse from occurring. Her latest empirical studies, have recently been carried out in Southern Africa under contract with the Norwegian Olympic, Paralympic and Confederation of Sport (NIF), assisting them in a project regarding increasing awareness and understanding of gender issues in sport. A large part of this project was to assist NIF in the development of participant-based recommendations to reduce gender-based violence using Zambia as a programme model to contribute to awareness of the issues. Her selected awards and nominations include:

  • International Fellow to the American Academy of Kinesiology and PE (AAKPE), 1992
  • Prize for the best oral presentation (psycho-social sciences) at the Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress, Brisbane, 2000
  • USA Women’s Sport Foundation’s Darlene A. Kluka Women’s Sports and Physical Activity Research Award, 2005
  • Distinguished Service Award of the United States Sports Academy, 2006
  • Honorary doctorate, University of Bern’s Institute for Sport Sciences, 2013
  • Finland’s prestigious Special Prize at the Finnish Sports Galla —the Fair Play Award, 2014
  • Honorary doctorate, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University, Sweden, 2015
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, Chichester University, England, 2015

Email: Kari.fasting@nih.no

Trish Chalk BSC, MA

Trish Chalk BSC, MA

Trish is a Senior Consultant for the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit and has 16 years Not for Profit and Public Sector experience, including positions held at Director and Chief Executive Level for a National Governing Body. Trish was the former Chair of the Strategic Safeguarding Partnership for Children in Sport (Wales) and has worked as a consultant advising on Equality and Diversity, Safeguarding and HR policy and practice.

Trish has extensive professional knowledge of, leading change, and business improvement in diverse organisations most recently leading a European funded Gender Equality Programme in Wales. Trish has also held committee positions in the FIS working to improve the position, policies and practice for women and girls, sports development and child protection.

Email: trishchalk1@gmail.com

Gloria Viseras

Gloria Viseras

Gloria was the Spanish National Champion in Artistic Gymnastics at 15 years old and one of only nine women representing Spain in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

She is a survivor of emotional, psychological and sexual abuse in sport.  A few years ago she was able to break the silence and her case attracted media attention due to her public profile – and that of her former coach.

The social pressure she has suffered since disclosing has not kept her from becoming a campaigner for safe and healthy sport and for the protection of athletes against all forms of violence, with special attention on children in sport.

She is the co-founder of a non-profit organization called Oro, Plata y Bronce,  (www.oroplataybronce.com) dedicated to the protection of athletes against all forms of violence and to the promotion of safe and healthy sport at all levels in Spain.

She has an extensive professional background at international level in team and project management and is fluent in Spanish, English and German.