The legacy of the Olympic Games

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are a cause of great excitement for many in the UK and across the world.  As Senior Lecturer in Applied Sports Management at Bournemouth University, Dr Richard Shipway’s research interests lie in sports tourism, Olympic studies, the impacts and legacies of international sport events, health promotion, and sport ethnography.

London 2012 Olympic Games

The London 2012 Games have provided Dr. Shipway with an ideal opportunity to put his research interests to         practical use. He is currently working on several long-term Olympic-related resident perception studies, investigating host community reactions to international sporting events: tracking changing opinions in the lead up to the games.

Olympic sailing events

One project is focused on residents’ attitudes toward the construction of Europe’s first artificial surf reef in Bournemouth; the second, and most prominent, project is based in communities around Weymouth and Portland, which will play host to the Olympic sailing events.

“This is such a great thing and we are very proud of it,” Dr Shipway said.

His research has been put to good use by district and county councils in helping to improve the delivery of the games and the related services they offer to residents in host areas.