Panel on Sport and Gaming

Tuesday, March 28 12 p.m.- 3 p.m., CS 101

Panel on Sport and Gaming

Burrow, S, “Ideals of Athletic Excellence”

Ideals of athletic excellence seem central to the pursuit of sport. Current philosophy of sport literature considers ideals of excellence integral to assessing issues such as performance enhancing substances (Schneider and Butcher 1993, Loland 2012, Morgan 2009), social conventions (Berg 2015, Lavin 2007), competition or gamesmanship (Lewandowski 2015, Dixon 2008, Howe 2004), promoting character (Gough 1997), and moral excellence in sport (Simon, Torres, and Hagar 2014, Austen 2009). But who gets to pursue excellence, and towards what ideal of the excellent athlete? In this presentation I explore the ideals of the excellent athlete and their gendered implications.

Thériault, E, “Gambling and Older Adults/Minorities”

Little research has been done examining gambling among older adults, especially of minority groups. There is currently no gambling research examining older minority Francophones in Ontario. The purpose of this study was to understand gambling in a sample of older Francophones from North-Eastern Ontario. This was done by constructing a gambling, demographic, social and intergenerational family profile of the sample. This profile was then compared to a similar profile of older Anglophones in Ontario constructed by Norris & Tindale (2006, 2012).
A sample of 181 older (55+) Francophones from North-Eastern Ontario (Mage = 68.7, SD=7.6), were recruited using snowball sampling with the help of key individuals and organizations. The participants filled out a questionnaire that included a wide variety of scales, items and measures concerning demographics, gambling attitudes and behaviours, problem gambling and various comorbidities.
This study found that gambling was not an important recreational activity or pastime and that remarkably few of those in the sample were at risk of problem gambling when compared to the other two samples. It was also found that participants had a high community involvement and this may be why this sample is unique, and why problem gambling is so low.
The findings of these studies help us better understand gambling among older Francophones in North-Eastern Ontario. Contrary to expectations and the previous literature, problem gambling was not an issue for the Francophone sample.