Towards the 2nd Clean Sport Insight Forum 

30th November

Hello and welcome to our fifth newsletter.  In this newsletter we share video overviews of the 10-Year Research-Embedded Strategic Plan for Anti-Doping Education and the Clean Sport Alliance Knowledge Exchange (CSA KE) Platform. We also feature the biographies of our Clean Sport Insight Forum speakers. We hope you'll agree it's a brilliant line up of athletes, practitioners and researchers. By drawing upon multiple perspectives during the Forum we aim to bring to life the ethos of the Clean Sport Alliance and the RESPECT project. 

We are looking forward to hosting the 2nd Clean Sport Insight Forum next Tuesday (11:00-13:00 CET) and Wednesday (13:00-15:00 CET). If you haven't done so already, please log in to the event platform (via https://csa.streamit.cafe/passwordless). If you have any problems accessing the platform, please email Kasia who is co-ordinating the technical side of the Forum ([email protected]). Also, we hope you will be able to find some time to watch the videos that underpin next week's Forum. They detail the key outputs from the RESPECT project. We've made the videos easy to find by connecting them to the program via our CSA KE Platform (https://www.cleansportalliance.org/2nd-clean-sport-insight-forum/).

If you have any questions/comments that you would like to frame the collective conversations next week, please send them to [email protected] by Friday 4th December. 

2nd Clean Sport Insight Forum

8th - 9th December  |  free online virtual event

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Development of a 10 Year Research Embedded Strategic Plan for Anti-Doping Education

To ensure future research endeavours are coordinated, sustainable and focused on end-user priorities, we have co-created a research agenda, informed by practical needs and expert knowledge. 

In this video, Dr Ian Boardley, Reader in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Birmingham, describes the Delphi consensus method used to identify the most important topics for social science research on doping prevention, as well as specific questions that need addressing. This process led to 18 research questions stratified across the eight topic outlined in the video. 

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Clean sport alliance Knowledge Exchange Platform 

In this video, Erik Duiven, Director of Education at Doping Authority Netherlands, outlines the purpose of the Clean Sport Alliance Knowledge Exchange Platform and describes the three main pillars of the website: 

  • Research
  • Bridging the Gap
  • Emerging Practice. 


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If you have any questions on the 10-year research plan or CSA Knowledge Exchange Platform ahead of the Clean Sport Insight Forum, please send them to us. We will collate all the questions and hope to answer as many as possible during the live event.

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Speaker biographies


Jacco Arends (NED) is an eight times national badminton champion, European bronze medallist and Olympian participating in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. 

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Jacco is 29 years old, born in Haarlem, the Netherlands,  is a recently retired professional badminton player, specialised in the men’s and mixed doubles discipline. 

During his career Jacco attended university and successfully finished his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree specialising in Labour, Organisation and Health Psychology. He recently started working full-time for the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration in the field of change management. 

Sophie Christiansen (UK) is a British dressage rider who has competed in four successive Paralympic Games and is currently an eight-time Paralympic champion and has won multiple World and European titles. 

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In 2016, following her success at the Rio Paralympics, she  placed fifth in the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year the highest placed female and Para athlete. 

Sophie was born two months prematurely with Cerebral Palsy and suffered from other health problems including jaundice, blood poisoning, a heart attack and a collapsed lung. Aged 6, she started riding for physiotherapy at the local Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) group. She first competed at the Paralympics aged 16 and was the youngest athlete for Great Britain at the Athens Paralympics in 2004, coming away with an unexpected bronze medal. 

Not just an athlete, Sophie also graduated with a First Class Masters degree in mathematics from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2011 and now works as a software developer at investment bank, Goldman Sachs. 

Andrew Heyes (UK) is an international distance runner competing for Great Britain on track and cross-country and a British Champion at 3000m. Andrew is a member of the UK Anti-Doping Athlete Commission and chair-elect of the British Athletics Athlete Commission. 

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As a PhD researcher Andrew investigates the psychosocial processes that facilitate the use of performance enhancing drugs at the University of Birmingham. This research includes doping in sport and exercise as well as cognitive enhancing drug use in education and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

Andrew graduated from the University of Oxford in medical sciences and has master’s degrees in business administration, psychology, and sport psychology. 

Sara Isaković (SLO) is the most successful Slovenian swimmer, winner of the silver Olympic medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, which were the highlight of her sports career.

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Exactly 5 years after the end of her sport career she found her mission in researching brain function (at U.S Navy Seals, Marines and Olympic athletes) and working in the field of performance psychology (psychology of optimal performance). 

After graduating from Berkeley University with a master’s degree in San Diego, Sara began working with young athletes, extreme athletes, pilots, musicians, and businesspeople and helping them perform optimally in stressful situations. 

Ali Jawad (UK) is a British Para Powerlifter. From having dreams of being a Paralympian at the age of 6 to becoming a 3-time Paralympian culminating with winning silver at the Rio 2016 with aspirations of competing in Tokyo 2020. 

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Throughout his career, Ali has achieved the "career slam" of major championship medals (World champion 2014, 2x European Champion, and 2x Commonwealth Games Medallist) breaking World and European records along the way.

Throughout his career, he has been motivated to raise the athlete voice and help create a sporting system that truly puts athletes first. Through his athlete rep roles on the UKAD AC, ParalympicsGB AC, Global Athlete and Commonwealth Games board, Ali has given his time in helping athletes shape sport. 

Ali's true passion is anti-doping and the protection of clean athletes. Ali started a PhD into anti-doping in Para Sport at Birmingham University to help inform the system to create anti-doping policies that truly reflect Para Sport. 

Patrick O'Leary (Ireland) is dedicated to water sports and has been kayaking for more than 20 years and swims regularly. He has represented Ireland in athletics (Schoolboy) canoe polo and more recently in the European (4th) and World (5th) championships in paracanoeing which has recently been included in the Paralympic programme. 

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In 2016 Patrick was Ireland's first ever representative in the Paralympic games in the discipline of Paracanoe.  Patrick finished 6th in the paralympic games.  He has qualified for the Paralympic games in Tokyo. Patrick's exposure to sport, chemistry knowledge and experience of Ireland's sport drug testing systems has led him to be a vocal advocate against drug use in sport.  He has given numerous interviews on this and was part of an athlete panel at Sport Ireland's Drug testing unit's report launch for 2017.  

He also integrated his chemistry and sport knowledge in a presentation to the Royal college of Surgeons in Nov 2016.  He has been nominated by the international Canoe federation and by sport Ireland for membership of the WADA athlete standing committee. 

Patrick O'Leary is a native of Cork, Ireland and has been working in the School of Chemistry as a lecturer since September 2004. His Previous studies include a Bachelors of Science (B.Sc, 1995) degree and a Ph.D from University College Cork. On completion of his Ph.D he was awarded the inaugural Post Doctoral Fellowship in The Sciences from the National University of Ireland in 1999 


Colin Allen (UK Anti-Doping)  is the Education Programme Manager at UKAD overseeing the Education Delivery Network and development of education programmes, training courses, resources and content to support athletes and athlete support personnel. 

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Colin commenced work as a National Trainer for UKAD in November 2011 helping athletes to understand their anti-doping responsibilities. In 2012, he began delivering training to Governing Body and other partner organisation staff who wish to develop their facilitation skills to educate athletes and their support staff. 

Colin is a member of the Council of Europe Advisory Group on Education which shares best practice across National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) and International Federations towards the implementation of the new International Standard for Education. 

His key focus over the next 12 months is developing educational content and resources which align with the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and supporting key partners with setting up and evaluating their education plan. 

Tony Cunningham (World Anti-Doping Agency) is Senior Manager in WADA’s Education Department with responsibility for Social Science Research and Policy. 

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 Tony joined WADA in 2013, initially split between Education and Program Development, where he supported the Eastern Europe RADO countries with their anti-doping programs. Since becoming a full-time member of the Education team in 2015, he has focused on supporting stakeholders to develop their education capacity and capability.

He coordinated the development of the International Standard for Education in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and will lead the implementation of the Social Science Research Strategy. 

Tony has worked in the education and sport sectors for 20 years, implementing health promotion programs in the Irish education system and working with Sport Ireland as the Head of Performance Planning. He is passionate about the positive role and value of sport in society.  

Erik Duiven (Doping Authority Netherlands) is Director Education at Doping Authority Netherlands. Together with his team Erik develops, implements and evaluates education programs for elite sports and fitness. He’s also leading the scientific affairs of Doping Authority Netherlands. 

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Erik holds three Master’s degrees and has a black belt in judo. Earlier this year he earned his personal fitness trainer diploma. 

As of 2021, Erik will be a member of WADA’s Education Standing Committee. He is also a member of the Council of Europe’s T-DO Education Drafting Group, the T-DO Science Group and multiple EU projects. Previously, Erik has worked as doping control officer for IDTM.  

Mike Earl (World Rugby) is the General Manager of Anti-Doping at World Rugby, the head of a dedicated team who manage testing and education programmes within international rugby, and work closely with WADA, NADOs, independent test service providers, and competition organisers to harmonise programmes across the elite level of the sport.  

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Mike was previously Testing Programme Team Manager at UK Sport (now UK Anti-Doping), Doping Control Programme Manager at The Football Association, and Anti-Doping and Medical Manager at UEFA.  

Mike has a first class honours degree in Communications and an M-Phil for which (despite not being remotely young at the time), he received the WADA Young Investigators Award in 2011, for research into anti-doping knowledge and attitudes amongst youth footballers in England and Wales. 

Mike is currently a compliance auditor for WADA, an accredited World Rugby educator, and a youth coach for local rugby and football teams in Dublin where he lives. 

Amanda Hudson (World Anti-Doping Agency) joined WADA in August 2019 where she became the first ever Director of Education, responsible for leading WADA's education function and establishing a new stand-alone Education Department. 

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During her time with WADA Amanda has led, with support of her team and the clean sport community a number of new initiatives, such as the; Code Implementation Support Program (CISP), Social Science Research Strategy and establishment of the SSR Collaboration Platform, Global Learning and Development Framework, as well as, a new digital education platform and new education solutions, such as, pre-Games education for athletes and coaches, and education for Medical Professionals. 

Before joining WADA, Amanda was Head of Education at UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), where she led their education strategy, making clean athletes her top priority and supporting UKAD’s aim to protect clean sport. She also represented the United Kingdom (UK) on the Advisory Group on Education that supports the Council of Europe’s Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention, and was a previous member of the WADA Education Committee. 

Involved in sport and education for over 30 years, Amanda’s focus has always been to harness the power of education. She delivers strategies which impact culture and change behavior by unifying stakeholders in a common direction. Throughout her career, Amanda has led many UK ‘firsts’ including: publishing a Clean Sport curriculum; establishing the Clean Games Policy mandating education for those attending a Major Games; launching a Clean Sport Accreditation Program for universities; creating a UK-wide Education Delivery Network that services UKAD’s 100% me program, implementing values-based schools programs dedicated to developing good sporting ethics; and, founded the annual UK Clean Sport Forum. 

Mike James (Director of Sports Injury Fix & The Endurance Physio) is a former Military Physical Training Instructor and rehabilitation specialist, fitness expert and Sports Rehabilitator.  

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Mike has a strong reputation in the therapy world having had many articles published in national magazines and is a regular speaker at conferences and shows as well as running his own courses and workshops. 

Mike holds an MSc in Physiotherapy as well as degrees in Sports Rehabilitation, strength conditioning and Sports Science. His passion is helping therapists and patients alike understand the evidence base by sharing his message into a practically understandable and applicable content. 

Rebecca Lee (UEFA) has been part of the Anti-Doping team at UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) for the last six years. 

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During her time at UEFA, Rebecca introduced the Athlete Biological Passport in European football, launched a comprehensive sample storage programme, developed a fully integrated paperless doping control system and is now in the process of delivering a new education strategy. 

Before relocating to Switzerland in 2014, Rebecca worked in anti-doping at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and as an event coordinator at the English Federation of Disability Sport. A keen amateur sportswoman her whole life, Rebecca is delighted to have made her passion for clean and inclusive sport into a career. 

Siobhán Leonard (Sport Ireland) is the Director of Anti-Doping & Ethics in Sport Ireland. She has worked with the Irish Sports Council, now Sport Ireland, since 1999 and has over twenty years of experience in the area of Anti-Doping.  

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Siobhán's current remit also includes the areas of Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport and Diversity and Inclusion in Sport. 

Siobhán has attended a number of Major Games, including Olympics and Commonwealth Games, as part of WADA’s Outreach Team and WADA’s Independent Observer Programme and also as part of the Local Organising Committee’s Doping Control Team. 

Siobhán holds an MSC in Sociology of Sport and Sports Management from the University of Leicester, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, University of Limerick and Certificate in International Sports law from Anglia Ruskin University. 

Nina Makuc (Slovenian Anti-Doping Organisation) undertook her studies in the Faculty of Sport at the University of Ljubljana; graduating with her degree in Physical Training in 2003 and her PhD in Kinesiology Science in 2011. 

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From 2007 to 2010 Nina worked as a physical education teacher in high school and in 2011 she joined Slovenian anti-doping Organisation (before 2013 known as a Slovenian Olympic Committee – department for fight against doping). At first, she was responsible for both testing and education programs. With the growth of SLOADO she became solely responsible for education programs – developing and implementing doping prevention programs for children, young and elite athletes, and their support personnel. 

Nina was a project manager of Erasmus+ project “prePLAY” which was selected by EACEA as a success story and a model of best practise. At this point she is a project manager of Erasmus+ project “I Value” and a project team member at projects “RESPECT” and “RESPECT-P”. 

From age 6 to 20 Nina was an alpine skier, achieving a Top 10 finish at Junior World Championship.

Michele Verroken (Sporting Integrity) has worked at all levels of sport specialising in integrity, governance and anti-doping.  As director of international sports consultancy SPORTING INTEGRITY Ltd, Michele works across professional (esports, golf, MMA) and amateur sports with athletes, support personnel and federations. 

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Since 2000 Michele has led the Medical and Anti-Doping Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation, ensuring effective planning and delivery of medical and anti-doping services. Formerly Director of Ethics and Anti-Doping at UK Sport, Board Member at British Paralympics and Chair of Sports Leaders UK. 

Michele is now Director of the Esports Integrity Commission, Visiting Fellow in Sports Integrity and Sports Law at De Montfort University as well as visiting lecturer on sports medicine ethics for several MSc courses. 

An international netball umpire, handball and korfball player, Michele is an athlete advocate, qualified arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator, as well as an eternal student. 


Sue Backhouse (Leeds Beckett University) is Professor and Director of Research for Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University (LBU). 

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Sue established the Protecting Sporting Integrity and Welfare (PROSPER) research team at LBU and over the last 15 years has led an internationally renowned programme of research examining the complexity of doping behaviours from multiple stakeholder perspectives. Examples of recently funded projects include two cross-cultural interventions to prevent doping in sport (RE>ACT and CoachMADE) and three EU Erasmus+ funded collaborative projects (FAIR, RESPECT and RESPECT-P). 

In readiness of the implementation of the WADA International Standard for Education, Sue and the PROSPER team are supporting anti-doping organisations to develop evidence and theory-informed anti-doping education plans and evaluation frameworks. 

Sue serves as a member of the WADA Social Science Research Panel, Convenes the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Clean Sport Interest Group, provides expert guidance to the English Institute of Sport via its Technical Steering Panel and is co-founder of the Clean Sport Alliance. 

Dr Ian Boardley (University of Birmingham) is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Deputy Head of Research in the School of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. 

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 Ian is an expert in moral development and use of image and performance enhancing drugs in sport and exercise. His research focuses on the investigation of psychosocial factors that influence moral behaviour and image and performance enhancing drug use in physical-activity contexts, as well as the prevalence of such behaviour across different contexts. 

Ian has extensive experience with quantitative and qualitative research, adopting different methodological approaches dependent on the research question/s being answered. 

He has received research funding from the European Commission, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee. Examples of recently funded projects include two Erasmus+ funded projects (RESPECT, RESPECT-P).

He is a member of the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Innovation Commission, and has recently produced content for UKAD’s Clean Sport Curriculum. 

Martin Chandler (University of Birmingham) is a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, exploring “Effects of Permitted Forms of Performance Enhancement on Determinants of Doping in UK Student-Athletes”, having previously worked there as a Research Fellow in Performance Enhancing Drugs on the RESPECT project.

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 Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, Martin was a Researcher in Human Enhancement Drugs, based at Liverpool John Moores University and has been studying the use of Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs) since 2006.  

He has presented at both national and international conferences on a range of issues around IPED use, contributed to local and national government guidance on the provision of services for IPED clients, designed and delivered training for a wide range of professional audiences around the self-directed use of IPEDs and has provided expert witness testimony in a number of high profile cases involving anabolic steroids.    

Laurie Patterson (Leeds Beckett University) is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University. Her principal research interest is investigating (anti-)doping behaviour among athletes and athlete support personnel, to inform effective anti-doping practice, programmes and policy. 

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Laurie has been working in this area since 2008, when she joined Prof Sue Backhouse to undertake a social science literature review for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). 

Since then, Laurie has spent most of her time driving forward a body of work, including her doctoral research, investigating coaches’ anti-doping roles and the factors that influence this. This research currently involves a WADA-funded project to develop an International Framework for Coach Anti-Doping Education (IFCADE), which will provide sporting and anti-doping organisations across the globe with guidance for developing, implementing and evaluating their coach anti-doping provision. 

Beyond this, Laurie’s recent work includes a number of funded, cross-national projects to evaluate education programmes, investigate doping in Paralympic sport and provide evidence-based guidance for the development of a whistleblower policy and framework. 

Andrea Petróczi (Kingston University London) is a Research Professor at Kingston University London (UK). She is an internationally recognised expert in anti-doping research, with a background in psychology, management & marketing and journalism. 

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Andrea holds a Mercator Fellowship with University of Münster (Germany) and an adjunct position at ‘Foro Italico’ University of Rome (Italy); and serves as an advisor for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK. She is a founding member of the Clean Sport Alliance (CSA). 

With a long-standing involvement in doping behaviour research, Andrea is a strong advocate for community involvement in anti-doping. Her current work focuses on developing a better understanding of clean sport behaviour, culturally and contextually relevant anti-doping education, methods for reliable prevalence estimations and evaluation of the effectiveness of anti-doping interventions. 

Since 2017, Andrea chairs the WADA Expert Group on Doping Prevalence. She also works closely with WADA on developing and improving the online educational tool ALPHA, its assessment, and the evaluation of anti-doping outreach activities at major Games. Her research has attracted funding from a wide range of sources, including WADA, the Medical Research Council, The British Academy, the International Olympic Committee and the European Council. 

Helen Staff (Leeds Beckett University) is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Leeds Beckett University, UK and a Fellow of the High Education Academy. 

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Helen completed her PhD in 2018, focusing on interpersonal relationships within sport. Since then, Helen’s research has focused on understanding how these relationships can influence athletes’ doping decisions. Specifically, Helen's research aims to empower parents and coaches to fulfil their roles and responsibilities outlined in the WADA Code and provide them with effective and meaningful learning experiences. 

In 2019, she presented her research findings around the barriers and enablers to parent clean sport behaviours at "Play the Game" an International conference in Colorado, USA. Following this, she received funding from the International Olympic Committee to undertake a global systematic exploration of parent clean sport behaviours. Collectively, Helen’s expertise and background have aided the development of the UK Anti-Doping Parents Clean Sport Framework. 

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