Call for Abstracts

The Caribbean represents the most fertile athletic region in the world, with outstanding performances in various disciplines at the highest level. It is for this reason that sporting professionals within the Caribbean endeavour to develop elite athletes who will continually dominate international sport.

The Sport Sciences Programme at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus augments the further development, professionalism and transformation of sport in the Caribbean by enhancing the region’s repertoire of sport training specialists. As we take the bold and exciting step to host the inaugural Caribbean Sport Conference, we welcome your assistance, participation and dialogue on an industry that is charged with new and existing possibilities.

The Caribbean Sport Conference will take place September 29 to October 1, 2016 at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. Professor Terry Orlick from the University of Ottawa will deliver the feature address on September 29 at 6:30 pm. Breakout sessions will follow on September 30 and October 1, with presentations from regional and international practitioners and researchers in various disciplines within Sport Studies.

The organizing committee welcomes papers and research posters that centre on critical, theoretical and empirical work within sport studies which focus on contemporary issues. To participate in this dialogue, submit your abstract, in English, related to the theme “The Game Changer: Professionalise and Transform,” under the following classifications:
·         Tourism and Events
·         Innovation and Technology
·         New Business Creations
·         Gender Equality
·         Athlete Development
·         Economic Impact
·         Social Transformation
·         National and Regional Development
·         Youth and Community Engagement
·         Investment and Finance
·         Leadership, Governance and Policy
·         Building Partnerships
·         Performance Enhancement
·         Para Sport
·         Sport Science
·         Administration and Management
Abstract Submission

Submissions to the conference are divided into two categories: research/practice presentations and poster presentations. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length, double spaced and in 12-point font, and should be submitted to by June 5, 2016. Accompanying your abstract should be your:
·         Name
·         Paper Title
·         Institution affiliation
·         Email address
Receipt of your abstract will be confirmed within 48 hours. Abstract acceptance will be confirmed by June 30, 2016.  Selection will be based on relevance to the theme of the conference “The Game Changer: Professionalise and Transform.”  Abstracts not chosen for the breakout sessions may be selected for the poster display.

Papers submitted to the conference will be eligible for publication in the Academic Journal “Caribbean Sport: The Journal of Applied Sport Studies,” to be published subsequent to the conference.
Conference Information

Venue – The Usain Bolt Complex, University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
Conference Fees:  

Three-day Registration    
                                   $50 US – UWI Students 
                                   $75 US – UWI Staff
                                   $100 US – International Students
                                   $150 US – Others

One-day Registration
$75 US
N.B Your registration fee includes refreshments, lunch, transportation to and from the conference hotel and selected complimentary memorabilia.