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Campus experts ready for Olympics

  Posted on: August 4, 2016

Rio De Janeiro will play host to the 2016 Olympic summer games. Photo cred: John Stodak. License -

The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games get underway tomorrow, but the road to Rio has been a bumpy one.

Is Rio de Janeiro ready for the Olympics? How will this Olympics stack up to past years? What are some of the economic impacts that could arise? Here in the tournament capital of Canada, Kamloops residents know a thing or two about the challenges of hosting major sporting events.

TRU faculty experts in sport, law, economics, psychology, volunteerism, Olympic legacy and tourism are ready to weigh in on what’s to come.

Campus experts list:

Dr. Ryan Gauthier, Faculty of Law
• Governance of international sport organizations
(Dr. Gauthier’s PhD research examined the accountability of the International Olympic Committee for human rights violations caused by the organization of the Games.)

Read more on Dr. Gauthier’s take on Rio 

Listen to Dr. Gauthier discuss human rights in Rio, CBC Daybreak Kamloops, Thursday, August 4

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Jon Heshka, Faculty of Law
• Sports law
• Negligence in contact sports
• Technological doping in sport
• Ambush marketing

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Dr. Courtney Mason, Faculty of Tourism (Canada Research Chair)
• Health and sport history/sociology
• Historical perspectives on the Olympic Games
• Sporting institutions and mega-events

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Anne Terwiel, Faculty of Tourism
• Athlete satisfaction and volunteer training at mega-events
• High performance sport at the masters’ level – contribution to overall quality of life
• Sport tourism
• Volunteer management and Olympic legacy

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Peter Soberlak, Faculty of Education and Social Work
• High-performance sport
• Sport psychology

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Dr. Laura Lamb, School of Business and Economics
• Community economic development
• Public finance and applied microeconomics
• Public finance/public policy
• Behavioural economics and the non-profit sector

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