Inaugural Sociology of Sport Journal Early Career Researcher Award (“in recognition of significant scholarly contributions to the sociology of sport field”) (2015)


New Zealand Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (August 2012-January 2013)


University of Waikato, Early Career Research Excellence Award ($5,000)


The Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies Thesis of the Year Award (equal) (2008-2009)

Leverhulme Visiting Scholar Fellowship, nine-month fellowship at the University of Brighton, UK


Research grant, University of Waikato, School of Education ($2,500). Project: Understanding European snowboarding culture.


Paper titled ‘Playing with gender: Hegemonic masculinity and the snowboarding culture’, voted one of the best three presented at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, 15-17 October.


Paper titled ‘Contextualizing female surf, skate and snow boarding’, awarded (equal) best Student Presentation at the seventh Biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS), University of Waikato (Tauranga), December.

Paper titled ‘Beyond “Decorative Sociology”: Contextualizing Female surf, skate and snow boarding’, awarded the 2005 Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper, by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Winston-Salem (USA), 28 October

New Zealand Postgraduate Study Abroad Award (awarded NZ$5000 by Education New Zealand to assist travel to USA and Canada to pursue research for doctoral studies)

Paper titled ‘Betties, babes and bad-asses: A history of female surf, skate and snow boarders’, finalist for the North American Sports History graduate paper award.


Paper titled, ‘Embodied boarders: Snowboarding, status and style’,  Honourable Mention (Second Place) in the Barbara Brown Student Paper Award by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Tucson (USA), November 5.

Honours dissertation, titled ‘On Board or On Edge? Females in the Snowboarding Culture’, Finalist (Second Place) for the 2003 Australian Society for Sports History, Honours Dissertation Award.


University of Waikato PhD Scholarship.


Peter McIntosh Prize in Physical Education. Awarded by the University of Otago to the student judged to have achieved the highest standard of attainment in the final year of the course for a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.