Final Year Cardiff Met School of Sport student, Robbie Burns has captured the inaugural British Philosophy of Sport (BPSA) "Student Essay Prize" and recently presented his research at the association's 13th Annual International Conference.
The event, a joint conference with the European Association for the Philosophy of Sport (EAPS), was hosted at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland (April 13-14) and drew scholars from ten different countries including Canada, USA, Russia & the United Arab Emirates.
Robbie's essay, 'Towards an understanding of Sportspersonship: Practices, Virtues and Vices', was chosen ahead of submissions offered by a number of young philosophy scholars, including those undertaking postgraduate study.
Robbie's undergraduate dissertation on the philosophy of physical education was supervised by Dr Alun Hardman in Cardiff Met's School of Sport. A native of Cardiff, Robbie will be moving into a career in teaching after securing a prestigious 'Teach First' scholarship based at Sheffield Hallam University.
The BPSA is the professional body for the discipline of philosophy and ethics of sport in the UK and Cardiff Metropolitan University's School of Sport staff and students have contributed significantly to the organisation over the years. Dr Lisa Edwards from Cardiff Met's School of Sport, is the current Treasurer and Membership Secretary for the BPSA, and Professor Carwyn Jones also from the School of Sport, is a founding member of the body. They have also played a significant role in Robbie's emergence as a talented scholar. At the conference, Dr Alun Hardman was elected by the membership to Chair the association for the next two years.
Speaking about the experience, Robbie said: "It was an outstanding few days that I will never forget. I thoroughly enjoyed presenting my very humble ideas amongst such gifted intellectuals. I loved listening to the ideas of other presenters and being challenged by their questions.
"The philosophy of sport is something that is often overlooked by sports students. What was clear is that a lot of outstanding work is being done amongst these scholars to shape the way in which we view sport and physical education that cannot be ignored. I am hugely thankful to Lisa Edwards and Alun Hardman for their support over the past three years, I wouldn't have won this award without their teaching!
"The opportunity to submit my work for publication in the Sports Ethics and Philosophy Journal is something I am really looking forward to. I hope that this will just be the beginning!"
Sport and Physical Education Programme Director, Dr Anna Bryant, added: "I am delighted for Robbie in winning this award. He is an exemplary, role model student who has made an excellent contribution to the SPE course. In addition to his impressive achievements as a young philosophy scholar, I have also been impressed by his ability to transfer theoretical pedagogical knowledge into physical education practice. I am sure this will stand him in good stead for his future career as a primary school teacher."
The School of Sport will play hosts to the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS) between September 2nd – 5th, 2015.