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True Sport – (Ottawa, Ontario – May 30, 2016) – The True Sport Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 sport study scholarship recipients from the Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund.  The awards, in the amount of $2,000 each, have been awarded to Jaxon Rae Hutton for his Master’s research project, “Exploring the Effectiveness and Impact of the ‘Policy on Transgender Athletes’: Learning from the Experiences of Trans-Youth in Manitoba High Schools” and Sarah Barnes for her PhD project, “Historical and contemporary understandings of sleep, sport and human performance.”

The Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund is a national endowment fund established by life-long leader in sport, Lyle Makosky. The sport study scholarship program provides annual financial awards to support the study of current values and ethics-based challenges, and related policies affecting (non-professional) Canadian sport, with the program being managed, and award winners selected by the True Sport Foundation.

“We can usually see at the core of the challenges and issues facing sport today is a question of values…which values do we wish to be embodied and reflected in Canadian sport; which values choices are important to engage; which fundamental values are under threat, etc. It is encouraging to see that the Values and Ethics Fund is helping to reveal and support the thoughtful and engaging study of such questions in Canadian sport,” said Lyle Makosky on the announcement of the 2016 awards.

“We believe that Jaxon and Sarah’s research will help contribute to a deeper understanding of the important issues facing Canadian athletes, as well as the sport community as a whole,” said Karri Dawson, Executive Director of the True Sport Foundation. “We are very happy to see that this scholarship is stimulating the thoughtful examination of values-based and ethical sport.”

Jaxon is currently completing his Master of Arts degree in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba. Sarah is completing her PhD program at Queen’s University. 

Alixandra Krahn, the 2015 and first recipient of the award, has completed her thesis summary of findings for her sport research project, “Motivation, Mental Toughness, or Manipulation?: Exploring verbal and mental abuse within the context of elite female volleyball in Manitoba” and is currently awaiting her acceptance into the University of Toronto PhD program. 

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The True Sport Foundation is a national charitable organization committed to ensuring that sport makes a positive contribution to individuals and communities. The Foundation works with its many partners through programs and activities that promote values-based and principle-driven sport for all Canadians.


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Justin MacNeill
Communications Coordinator
613-521-9533 x3314