Dr. Sarah Teetzel
 Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education)
 Associate Professor
 112 Frank Kennedy Centre
 Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
 University of Manitoba?
 Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2
 Phone: +1 204 474 8762
 Fax: 204 474 7634
 E-mail: sarah.teetzel@umanitoba.ca
  • PhD (Kinesiology) University of Western Ontario – 2009
  • Diploma in Ethics (Philosophy) University of Western Ontario – 2005
  • MA (Kinesiology) University of Western Ontario – 2004
  • BSc (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, 2014, 2015)
  • 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:
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. (2014). The onus of inclusion: Sport policies and the enforcement of the women’s category in sport. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 41(1), 113-127. 
Teetzel, S. (2014). The ethics of enhancing performance. In C. R. Torres (Ed.), The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport (115-130). London: Bloomsbury.
Teetzel, S., & Mazzucco, M. (2014).  Minor problems: The recognition of young athletes in the development of international anti-doping policies. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 31(8), 914-933.
Teetzel, S. (2014). Values-based approaches to Olympic education. Sport Science (Sporto Mokslas), 75(1), 28-32.
Teetzel, S., & Weaving, C. (2014). From silence to surveillance: The aftermath of a Canadian interuniversity sport doping scandal. Surveillance & Society, 11(4), 481-493.
Weaving, C., & Teetzel, S. (2014). Getting jacked and burning fat: Examining doping and gender stereotypes in Canadian university sport. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 7(2), 198-217.
Sailors, P. R., Teetzel, S., & Weaving, C. (2014). Bad girls can’t win. Atrium, 12(1), 12-15.
Rider, T., & Teetzel, S. (2014). The strange tale of Stella Walsh’s Olympic eligibility. In J. Forsyth, C. O’Bonsawin, & M. Heine (Eds.), Intersections and Intersectionalities in Olympic and Paralympic Studies (18-23). London, ON: International Centre for Olympic Studies.
Teetzel, S. (2013). The ethics of drug testing student-athletes: International implications of a Canadian problem. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education, 35(2), 69-82.
Sailors, P. R., Teetzel, S., & Weaving, C. (2013). Prescription for sport medicine and ethics. The American Journal of Bioethics, 13(10), 22-24.
Teetzel, S. (2013). Critical thinking on the pool deck: Not now, not ever? In G. Demers, L. Greaves, S.Kirby, & M. Lay (Eds.), Playing It Forward: 50 Years of Women and Sport in Canada (204-209). Toronto: Feminist History Society/Women’s Education and Research Foundation of Ontario.
Teetzel, S. (2012). Optimizing Olympic education: A comprehensive approach to understanding and teaching the philosophy of Olympism. Educational Review, 64(3), 317-332.
Sailors, P. R., Teetzel, S., & Weaving, C. (2012). No net gain: A critique of media representations of women’s Olympic beach volleyball. Feminist Media Studies 12(3), 1-5.
Sailors, P. R., Teetzel, S., & Weaving, C. (2012). The complexities of sport, gender and drug testing. The American Journal of Bioethics, 12(7), 23-25.
Teetzel, S. (2012). Olympic support personnel and entourages: Coherence with the philosophy of Olympism. In J. Forsyth & M. Heine (Eds.), Problems, Possibilities, and Promising Practices: Critical Dialogues on the Olympic and Paralympic Games (29-34). London, ON: International Centre for Olympic Studies.
Teetzel, S. (2011). Charting the charter: An analysis of eligibility rules and the Olympic Games. Olympika, 20(1), 31-54.
Teetzel, S. (2011). Rules and reform: Eligibility, gender differences, and the Olympic Games.  Sport in Society, 14(3), 386-398.
Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures:
Olympism: The evolution.  International Olympic Academy, 55th International Session for Young Participants, Ancient Olympia, Greece, May 28, 2015. 
Drug testing, sex verification, and the 1967 Pan-American Games (with Cesar R. Torres). Colloquium on the History of the Pan American Games. Toronto, April 21, 2015.
Protecting child athletes in sport. 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, Natal, Brazil, September 5, 2014.
The values and principles of the Olympic movement. International Olympic Academy, European Summer Session. Ancient Olympia, Greece. August 7, 2014.
The impact of the Winnipeg 1967 Pan Am Games on the IOC’s 1968 drug testing and sex testing policies (with Cesar R. Torres). North American Society for Sport History 42nd Annual Conference, Glenwood Spring, CO, May 30-June 2, 2014.
Teaching Olympic values: The idea of respect.  International Olympic Academy, 12th Joint International Session for Presidents or Directors of National Olympic Academies and Officials of National Olympic Committees. Ancient Olympia, Greece. May 14, 2014.
Drug testing student-athletes: Ethical issues and social implications. Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Research Institute Seminar Series. University of Manitoba. March 7, 2014.
Global ethical issues in sport. Vincent Massey Collegiate UNESCO Conference. Winnipeg, Manitoba. February 25, 2014.
Analyzing gaps in student-athletes’ understanding of doping in sport (with Charlene Weaving). CUPR Forum at the PHE Canada National Conference. Winnipeg, October 24, 2013.
Entourage ethics: Olympic team officials, quotas, and the quest for a functional definition of fairness. 41st Annual Meeting of International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, California State University – Fullerton, September 5, 2013.
The philosophy of Olympism and the Olympic values, Values-based approaches to Olympic education, and Applying the Olympic values to address ethical issues in Olympic sports. International Olympic Academy, Olympic Summer Seminar for Young Delegations of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Ancient Olympia, Greece. August 6, 7, and 9, 2013.
Anti-doping education: Analyzing student-athletes’ apathetic attitudes (with Charlene Weaving). International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) World Congress 2013. Vancouver, BC, June 13, 2013.
The historical inclusion of support personnel on Olympic rosters. North American Society for Sport History 41st Annual Conference, Halifax, NS, May 24-27, 2013.
Optimizing the understanding and teaching of the philosophy of Olympism. International Olympic Academy, 12th International Session for Directors of National Olympic Academies. Ancient Olympia, Greece. May 15, 2013.
Should we drug test student-athletes? 3rd Annual Philosophy of Sport Lecture, California State University Northridge, April 3, 2013.
Drug testing child athletes. American Philosophical Association-Pacific Conference. San Francisco, March 29, 2013.
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:
Rae Hutton
Alix Krahn
Thyra Shaw
Janice Tilly (with Dr. LeAnne Petherick)
Tara Toews
Recently Completed Graduate Students:
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:
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



Current Graduate Students:
Rae Hutton
Alix Krahn
Thyra Shaw
Janice Tilly (with Dr. LeAnne Petherick)
Tara Toews