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July 10, 2015

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WATERLOO – The Pan Am Games begin July 10 in Toronto; the Para Pan Am Games begin August 7.

There are several Laurier experts available to comment on a variety of topics related to the games.

Sports Psychology

Kimberley Dawson, professor in Laurier’s Kinesiology & Physical Education program, has coached Pan Am athletes including steeplechaser Alex Genest and 1500-metre specialist Nicole Sifuentes. Dawson, Genest and Sifuentes are available for interview. Contact information: cell 519-807-6653.

Areas of expertise:

  • Sport psychology - performance enhancement, motivation, mental skills training
  • Exercise psychology - adherence, rehabilitation, compliance, goal setting, program evaluation
  • Exercise and fibromyalgia
  • Children in sport behaviour modification

The Sociocultural Impact of Sport

Tim Elcombe, associate professor in Laurier’s Kinesiology & Physical Education program, conducts research on the sociocultural aspects of sport. Contact information: 519-884-0710 ext.3959 or at

Areas of expertise:

  • The ethics of sport, as related to the Olympics
  • Nationalism, as related to the Olympics and international sport
  • Sport and physical culture as a political tool
  • The use and abuse of sport technology (i.e. cheating and doping)
  • The history of sport
  • Coaching and leadership

Olympic History

Stephen Wenn, a professor in Laurier’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, focuses on connections between sport and commerce, particularly the International Olympic Committee’s relationship with international television networks. Contact information: 519-884-0710 ext.4160 or at

Areas of expertise:

  • Olympic history
  • Scandals around the Games
  • Relationship between the Olympics and television and corporate sponsorship

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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