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Dr Kitrina Douglas

Since 1999 Kitrina has been based in the department of Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Bristol, firstly as a PhD student conducting research with professionals in sport and more recently as a visiting fellow. Her most resent funded research projects, carried out with Dr David Carless, have been for the Women’s Sport Foundation, exploring physical activity in older women in rural areas and for UKsport exploring athlete’s perceptions of the performance environment.

A large portion of the research she has conducted to date has drawn on her “insider” experiences of professional sport as for over a decade Kitrina was one of Europe’s most outstanding women professional golfers. In golf she won at every level playing over twenty internationals for England and GB, winning the first tournament she entered as a professional, and was English and twice European Champion. A place in the history books was secured as a member of the first European side to take the Solheim Cup in 1992. Her experiences at the top of women’s professional sport, she suggests, has given her a passion for presenting her research in ways that can be accessed by athletes themselves as well as a wider public audience and academics - hence her interest in alternative representation to make the data more accessible to lay audience.

Kitrina’s sport and research is conducted alongside her freelance journalistic activities. These include regular comment pieces in the press as well as contributions in television and radio which included: BBC Radio Five Live (Commentary / summariser) BBC News and BBC News24 (regular comment on women’s issues in sport) Eurosport (Presenter), BBC online (Columnist).
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