Sarah Teetzel, PhD
Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education), Associate Professor
112 Frank Kennedy Centre
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2
204 474 8762
  • PhD (Kinesiology) University of Western Ontario – 2009
  • Diploma in Ethics (Philosophy) University of Western Ontario – 2005
  • MA (Kinesiology) University of Western Ontario – 2004
  • B.Sc. (Kinesiology) University of Western Ontario – 2002

Research Interests:
Dr. Sarah Teetzel’s research focuses on applied ethical issues in sport with emphasis on the intersection of rules and values. Her research has recently been funded by SSHRC, the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Her main areas of interest include:

  • Philosophy and ethics of sport
  • Olympic studies
  • Doping and drug testing in sport
  • Gender in sport

Recent Honours and Awards:

  • Invited lecturer at the International Olympic Academy (2013-2018)
  • Pierre de Coubertin Dissertation Prize from the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (2013)
  • University of Manitoba Merit Award for Research, Scholarly Work and Creative Activities (2012)
  • Keynote speaker at the Japan Society for the Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport conference in Osaka, Japan (2012)
  • Research fellowship recipient from the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute (2013-2014) and the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics (2010-2011)

Recent Publications:

Teetzel, S. (2017). Athletes’ perceptions of transgender eligibility policies applied in high-performance sport in Canada. In E. Anderson & A. Travers (Eds.), Transgender Athletes in Competitive Sport. London: Routledge.

Teetzel, S. (2017). Drug testing, sex verification and the 1967 Pan-American Games. In B. Kidd and C. Torres (Eds.), Historicizing the Pan American Games (127-146). London: Routledge. (Reprinted from The International Journal of the History of Sport, 33 (1-2), 127-146)

Teetzel, S., & Weaving, C. (2017). Gender discrimination in sport in the 21st century: A commentary on trans-athlete exclusion in Canada from a sociohistorical perspective, Sport History Review, 48(2), 185-193.

Hurych, E., Parry, J., & Teetzel, S. (2017). Review of selected philosophy of sport/movement culture texts (2015-2016). International Journal of Physical Education, 54(1), 33-45.

Sailors, P. R., Teetzel, S, & Weaving, C. (2017). Cheating, lying, and trying in recreational sports and leisure practices. Annals of Leisure Research, 20(5), 563-577. 

Teetzel, S. (2017). Transgender eligibility policies in sport: Science, ethics, and evidence. In H. L. Reid & E. Moore (Eds.), Reflecting on Modern Sport in Ancient Olympia (161-170). Athens: Parnassos Press.

Sailors, P. R., Teetzel, S, & Weaving, C. (2016). Core workout: A feminist critique of definitions, hyperfemininity, and the medicalization of fitness. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 9(2), 46-66.

Sailors, P., Teetzel, S., & Weaving. C. (2016). Borderline cases: CrossFit, Tough Mudder, and Spartan Race. In S. Klein (Ed.), Defining Sport (113-127). New York: Lexington Books. 

Teetzel, S., & Torres, C. R. (2016). Drug testing, sex verification and the 1967 Pan-American Games. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(1-2), 127-146.
Teetzel, S. (2016). Olympism: An evolution. In K. Georgiadis (Ed.), Olympic Renewal: The Process of Renewal and Adaption. 55th International Session for Young Participants (107-117). Athens: International Olympic Academy and International Olympic Committee.

Sailors, P. R., Teetzel, S., & Weaving, C. (2015). Lentius, Inferius, Debilius: The ethics of ‘not trying’ on the Olympic stage. Sport in Society, 18(1), 17-27.
Teetzel, S.J. (2015). Teaching Olympic values: The idea of respect. In Proceedings of 12th Joint International Session for Presidents or Directors of National Olympic Academies and Officials of National Olympic Committees (87-99). Athens: International Olympic Academy and International Olympic Committee.

Graduate Students:

Sarah is interested in supervising graduate students whose research interests are related to the following topics:

  • Olympic values and education
  • Rules and values in sport
  • Drug testing, privacy and informed consent in sport
  • Implications of current sex testing procedures in sport
  • Acceptable and unacceptable uses of technology in sport
  • Autonomy and athlete’s rights
  • Philosophical, historical, or sociocultural aspects of sport and physical activity


Current Graduate Students:

Kate Nosworthy
Mahdi Ebrahimian Besharat

Recently Completed Graduate Students:

Rae Hutton (MA, 2017). Exploring the Effectiveness and Impact of the MHSAA Policy on Transgender Students: Learning from the Experiences of Trans- Youth in Manitoba High Schools)

Alix Krahn (MA, 2016). Exploring Verbal and Mental Abuse within the Context of Coaching Elite Female Volleyball in Manitoba)

Janice Tilly (MA, 2016). The Impacts of Healthy School Culture on Early-Years Generalist Teachers

Dongwan Avril He (MA, 2015). The Impact of Recent Policy Revisions Addressing Doping and Gender Rules on Women Track and Field Student-Athletes in China
Olivia Durst (MA, 2013).  Athletes’ Values, Attitudes and Justifications for the Doping Ban: An Analysis of Canadian Retired and Current National Volleyball Team Players’ Perspectives
Elizabeth Hardy (MA, 2013). The Female Apologetic within Canadian Women’s Rugby: Exploring Level of Competition, Racial Identity and Sexual Orientation
Courses Taught:

KPER 1500 – Foundations of Physical Education and Kinesiology
PERS 3340 - Philosophy of Physical Activity and Leisure
KIN 4060 - Drugs and Ergogenic Aids in Sport
PERS 4320 - Sport and the Body
PERS 7080 - Gender and Sport / Sport Ethics / Doping in Sport