Volleyball and Equity
Equity affects nearly all aspects of our lives none less than sports such as beach volleyball. Sport is an integral part of today’s society and as such, sport should be organised, participated in and distributed in an equitable manner.
The aim of equity in sports is to encourage all people, regardless of age, gender, disability or ethnic origin to participate in and develop their potential within sport. Disputes over equity have been apparent in our society for hundreds of years, over such things as gender, religion or race.
A framework developed by Figueroa deals with equity. It consists of five levels that link together – individual, interpersonal, institutional, structural and cultural. The following paragraphs demonstrate the use of Figueroa Framework as a tool to analyse the barriers to my performance in beach volleyball and part of this involves a peer evaluation (Appendix A).
Each of these levels interacts with equity issues in various ways. These numerous levels deal with social beliefs, values, social position, power, media coverage, resources and rewards (Kirk et al, 2004). Each of the five levels mentioned above relates to the others in some way. This interaction of levels indicates that we can all have an active role in creating and reinforcing inequities, as noted paragraph below about gender inequity (Kirk et al, 2004). For example the institutional level describes how institutions disadvantage or advantage specific groups of people due to routine practices.
As a person who has played competition squash for two years as well as to hockey, soccer and karate – none of which relate very well to beach volleyball, so I have not had the opportunity to play this sport. I am shorter than most volleyball players who are expected to be tall and athletic (Appendix B). However, this is not a barrier, on the contrary this provides motivation to prove myself as an equal on the court. My relat...