Fire on the Ice
Aging and Physical Culture
It is rare for older Canadians to see athletes who look like them on the national stage. By examining aging, physical activity, gender and national identity, the stories here centre the experiences of older athletes. This podcast shows us what we all can learn by taking seriously the meanings and experiences of those who engage in winter sport beyond their youth.

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Kristi Allain (researcher & narrator), with Stephanie Dotto (writer) and Cory McKechnie (editor)

Winter can be a tricky season for older Canadians, as they face duelling pressures. On the one…

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Kristi Allain (researcher & narrator), with Stephanie Dotto (writer) and Cory McKechnie (editor)

Although Canadians are becoming demographically older, the athletes we see on TV and in stadiums are eternally youthful and fit. Curling was one…

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Author

Dr. Kristi Allain
Associate Professor of Sociology; Canada Research Chair in Physical Culture and Social Life
St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.

Kristi Allain holds a Canada Research Chair in Physical Culture and Social Life. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.

Drawing together the themes of aging, physical activity, gender, and national identity, and through academic and popular research dissemination, Kristi Allain’s work challenge the ways that national celebrations of sport marginalize certain groups, particularly those in later life. By emphasizing an ethics of pleasure, resistance, and intergenerational community-building her work creates more space for for the participation and celebration of national “others” in Canadian sport.