Diana Kearney HPE102C Mr Waugh
Sociology Reflective Writing Task
Since a 7 year old girl who fell in love with the pretty dresses of ice skating, I have been on a journey through sport which has currently taken me to participate in AFL, a male hegemonic dominated sport. I have many opportunities, but am also faced with many barriers that can be eliminated with the guidance of Peter Figueroa. The system he has created explores the issues surrounding access and equality of participation in sport, resolving the challenges that I am confronted by. Reflecting upon my involvement within volleyball this semester, the sociocultural environment within the class helps overcome the inequalities that Figueroa had initially detected. Being excluded from the hegemonic dominant gender I am fortunate enough to have the luxury of the Mansfield society where I am to be able surround myself with individuals of the same ambitions. I continuously nurture my competitive drive with my outside involvements in sports, but yet to this day I become an agent of socialisation for my family who deny that physical activity is necessary. I make decisions for my desire to prosper, about what opportunities I choose to engage in and being provided the institution and environment I have, it is no doubt that continuing senior PE is a priority. Figure 1: Figueroa’s Framework
Body 1 – Individual
My involvement in skating, touch and AFL have shaped my values, attitudes and beliefs, which I consider to be why I have the confidence and skills I portray currently. As an individual I have a variety of skills due to my vast experiences that allow me easily adapt to the needs of any specific sport. My involvements from an early age in ice skating shaped my identity, developing my self-discipline and competitive drive, which lead me to further participate more sport. From there, I found enjoyment in touch and AFL, which give me variety in my skills. I strongly believe that in many circumstances I am faced with stereotypes due to my gender. I have chosen to defeat these statements by participating in a hegemonic dominated sport, proving the stereotypes wrong and being a role model for other females who feel categorised. When I train or play, I am constantly unsatisfied with my last performance and ensure that I execute me skills better than the time before to fulfil my self-concept. I value the hours spent towards practicing, so I take the participation in HPE to develop my skills which will lead to my success and also my enjoyment. Therefore, I am able to prove my skills are no less than those of the opposite gender. The mannerisms and beliefs I have previously developed and chosen to portray are the reasons why the physical environment of senior PE will be a great choice of subject for me as it allows me to enjoy myself.
Body 2 – Interpersonal - become your environment
The interactions I have with the people around me have contributed to my decision, allowing me to be a key member in the...