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Action Sports for a Better World | Holly Thorpe | TEDxRuakura
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Added Sep 19, 2016
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Prepare to have your perceptions of Extreme Sports or Action Sports to be challenged.

It’s not all about huge sponsorship deals and exciting TV or online video clips. There is much more to this sporting phenomenon which is sweeping the world. And maybe this trend can be used to make the world a better place...

The theme of TEDx Ruakura 2016 was Morphosis.

Dr. Holly Thorpe is Associate Professor at the University of Waikato’s Te Oranga, School of Human Development and Movement Studies.

Holly works in the field of the sociology of sport, exercise, and health, with her particular research interests including: youth, gender, women’s health, action sports, mobility, and social theory.

A published author, Holly has written three books, co-edited six more, and contributed more than 60 articles and chapters on these topics.

Holly’s passion for Action Sports has been with her most of her life and as a teenager she was a competitive snowboarder and instructor, living back-to-back winters between New Zealand and the United States in the pursuit of fresh powder.

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