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About the Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network

Opportunities for women in sport and exercise are expanding rapidly, whether it is leading a governing body, excelling in elite competition or simply participating for fitness, camaraderie and the love of sport. However, there is still much work to do to achieve a level playing field. 

The Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network (WiSEAN) aims to bring together leading academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines to grow, strengthen and promote research on women in sport and exercise, with the ultimate goal of optimising women’s athletic success and their participation.

The aims of the WiSEAN are:
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To provide a communication network of individuals who are involved in commissioning, designing, executing, reporting and utilising research into women in sport and exercise

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To offer a mentoring support network for professional

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To be the first port of call for media queries relating to women in sport and exercise 

Who we are


Dr Jacky Forsyth

Co-founder and Director of WiSEAN and Exercise Physiologist 

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Claire-Marie Roberts

Dr Claire-Marie Roberts

Co-founder and Director of WiSEAN and Performance Director, Coventry City Football Club

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Rachael Bullingham

Dr Rachael Bullingham

WiSEAN Director and Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise

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Nikki Brown

Dr Nicola Brown

WiSEAN Director and Associate Professor in Female Health and Performance

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