Ellen Blackwood
PhD student


My undergraduate studies at Durham University introduced me to a range of sporting modules including Sports Development, Sport Crime, Sport Psychology and Sports Physiology. From these modules I was able to gain a diverse understanding of the benefits of participation in sport. For my undergraduate dissertation I explored the perceived benefits of dinghy sailing for young people which involved a cross-sectional psychology and physiological study on children who participated in sailing regularly and those that had no experience. This project made me realize the scarce amount of research completed on dinghy sailing and in particular studies focusing upon  children.

Currently being located in Weymouth where the Olympic Sailing was held in 2012 and to have support from the Andrew Simpson Foundation for my Masters studies at CHERC,  I am exploring further into the benefits of dinghy sailing for young people. I am conducting three studies revolved around children’s participation in sailing and the potential benefits that can be present at various stages in a child’s participation within the sport. I am focusing on the immediate impact of sailing working with taster and introductory sessions, the impact of the first qualifications in sailing and how much physical activity participating in sailing can accrue, and finally exploring the perception of sailing and the impact the sport may have had on children who have been participating for several seasons.

Broad research specialisms:

The benefits of dinghy sailing for young people.


Qualifications: BA (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity

Contact details

AddressBaring Court
University of Exeter St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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