Research Committee

Daniel Rhind
Daniel is a Chartered Psychologist and a Reader in Psychology at Loughborough University. Daniel’s research focuses on the realisation of human rights in, around and through sport. His research was fundamental in the development of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport. The Safeguards are now endorsed by over 400 organisations which collectively work with over 50 million children worldwide. He also managed Project CARE which involved a global census of elite athletes’ experiences regarding how their rights were realised or violated as children in sport. Daniel has an on-going collaboration with the Child Protection in Sport Unit to collate and analyse safeguarding case data. This work has evidenced the need to safeguard children against abuse by a person in a Position of Trust within sport. As a result of this work, sport has been incorporated within related legislation that is currently going through parliament. This will ensure that the age of consent for sexual activity involving an athlete aged 16 or 17 will be increased to 18 and bring sport in line with other sectors such as education, social care and healthcare.
Yetsa A Tuakli-Wosornu

Yetsa A. Tuakli-Wosornu, MD, MPH is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale School of Public Health, and a board-certified Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician). As a clinician, Dr. Tuakli serves patients with common orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis, non-surgically. Her goal is to use evidence-based musculoskeletal medicine and translational research to relieve pain, prevent injuries, and optimise performance for patients with or without disabilities. As a public health scientist, Dr. Tuakli founded and directs the Sports Equity Lab (SELY), an interdisciplinary research group focused on reducing inequities in sport (e.g., peer aggression, race- and gender-based discrimination, harassment, abuse, neglect) while at the same time amplifying sport’s role as a positive change agent in society. She believes the transformative power of sport and exercise on biopsychosocial outcomes in diverse settings for individuals, communities, and societies cannot be overstated. In sport, Dr. Tuakli has worked as a safeguarding scientist and advocate in various capacities with the International Paralympic Committee, the International Olympic Committee, and other organisations.

To build the evidence base for safety and inclusion in sport, SELY combines academia and translational research with community-based programs, using diverse multimedia channels for content dissemination. It is known that athletes with physical and/or intellectual disabilities, particularly those from less-resourced settings, may experience higher degrees of vulnerability to intentional harm and exploitation than their non-disabled peers. As a result, this and other ‘non-traditional’ athlete groups are centred and kept at the forefront of SELY’s work as solutions are derived for dismantling systems of oppression and privilege in sport. Importantly, these solutions are urgently needed if we want to maintain sport’s power to transform individual lives and serve humanity.

Selected citations include:

  • Chair, International Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) Task Force on Physical Activity for Persons with Disabilities
  • Advisor, International Olympic Committee Safeguarding Course
  • Advisor, U.S. Center for SafeSport Athletes with Disabilities Course
  • Member, International Olympic Committee Working Group for the Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport (rep. International Paralympic Committee)
  • Welfare Officer, 2016 Rio Paralympic Games
  • Best Sports Medicine Physician Award, Ghana Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) 2014
  • Best Medical Paper Award, North American Spine Society (NASS) 2014
  • Center for Faculty Development Award, Harvard Medical School Biomedical Research Institute and Brigham & Women’s Hospital 2014
  • Outstanding Intern, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital 2009

Dr. Tuakli’s clinical, scientific, and administrative work stems from her experiences as a professional track and field athlete (women’s long jump, Ghana), public health scientist, and physician, and allows these interests to dovetail into simultaneous expression.

Prof Dr Bettina Rulofs

Bettina is a Professor in the Sociology of Sport in the Department of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Wuppertal in Germany. She has a diploma and a PhD in sport sciences and her main areas of research are gender and diversity studies, social inequality, child protection and prevention of sexual violence in sport.

Since 2010, she is member of the National Working Group on Child Protection in Sport in Germany and as a member of that group the German Sport Youth entrusted her with the compilation of a guideline for child protection in sport. She is currently involved in the EU-funded project CASES (Child Abuse in Sport – European Statistics), which aims at delivering a scientific study into the prevalence of child maltreatment and abuse in sport in six EU countries.

From 2016-2018 she lead the EU-funded project VOICE, which focused on the reports of those who have been affected by sexual violence in sport.

From 2014-2017, she led the research project »Safe Sport« in Germany, which was funded by the German Ministry of Science & Education, and focused on child protection and the prevention of sexual violence in organised sport.

From 2013-2015, she was involved in the EU-funded project “Sport respects your rights”.

Anne Tiivas

Anne Tiivas OBE is the Chair of Safe Sport International (SSI), the leading global charity focused on safeguarding athletes of all ages. SSI is known worldwide for its three key areas of focus: research, education, training and consultancy, and athlete voice. Anne is the former Director of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) where she worked for nearly 18 years until September 2019. In 2016, the CPSU received the UNICEF International Safeguarding Children in Sport award at the Beyond Sport Summit.

Anne was centrally involved in shaping and monitoring National Safeguarding Standards for Children in Sport in the UK from 2001. As a founding member of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport initiative in 2012 and current Chair of its Advisory Group, she continues to support the development of the project to promote adoption and implementation of the Safeguards in collaboration with UNICEF UK, Loughborough University, and a coalition of sports bodies across the globe. SSI is currently in the process of developing Inclusive Safeguards for Adults in Sport which will build on and link to this work.

Anne advises international and national sports bodies, international governmental agencies, and other groups, on child and adult protection and safeguarding in sport. She is a Director of the International Olympic Committee Safeguarding Officer Certificate Course. Anne is a member of the ‘I Coach Kids’ (ICK) Global Movement Committee and she has been a member of FIFA’s Expert group on Child Safeguarding. She is passionate about inclusion, child and human rights in sport, as the basis for everyone being able to participate in sport in a safe inclusive and enjoyable environment.

Anne has collaborated on several European projects on safeguarding in youth sport, most recently for the European Union and Council of Europe’s ‘Child Safeguarding in Sport’ project where SSI was the international expert organisation. She was appointed to the Council of Europe’s new Pool of International Experts on Safe Sport in 2022.

Anne has written extensively on the topic of safeguarding in and through sport and is co-author of a 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. She is a co-author of the 2016 “IOC Consensus Statement: Harassment and Abuse (non-accidental violence) in Sport.”

Sandra Kirby

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.

Sandra’s selected awards include:

  • Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame inductee 2019
  • Canada Sorts Hall of Fame inductee 2018
  • 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
Kari Fasting

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. 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, the European Commission, and recently Council of Europe. She is often a keynote speaker internationally.

Kari’s 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
Joanna Maranhao
Joanna Maranhao is a former professional swimmer from Brazil. An olympian in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and a Member of the Brazilian Swimming Ethics Committee with whom she participated in the construction of a National Course on the prevention against harassment and abuse. As a survivor of sexual abuse within sports, Joanna is dedicated and engaged in several National initiatives to mitigate this issue within the sporting industry. In fact, a national law that lengthens the time children and other victims of sexual abuse have to report what happened to them was named after her.
Allison Wagner
Olympic Swimmer, former world record holder, USA. Allison is an athlete advocate and Director of Athlete and International Relations U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Professor in the Sociology of Sport, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK. Mike is the director of the Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport(CPSS) at Edge Hill University where he has lectured on the sociology of sport since 2002. Mike has conducted research into sexual abuse in sport for the past twenty years as well as conducting some of the first research into child protection policy and procedures in sport.