Dr. Teetzel is currently on administration leave. 


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.

Research areas

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


  • PhD (Kinesiology), University of Western Ontario (2009)
  • Diploma in Ethics (Philosophy), University of Western Ontario (2005)
  • M.A. (Kinesiology), University of Western Ontario (2004)
  • B.Sc. (Kinesiology), University of Western Ontario (2002)


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.

Recent conference presentations and invited lectures

Transitioning to inclusive sport. Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference, Ottawa, November 6, 2018. Commentary provided by Guylaine Demers (Laval), Ian Mortimer (Canoe Kayak Canada) and Kate Moorehouse (Canadian Olympic Committee).

Learning From transgender athletes' experiences in sport and recreation. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, November 1-3, 2018.

Mature minors, informed consent, and the TCPS 2: Researching the sport experiences of trans youth. 6th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Vancouver, BC, June 6-8, 2018.

Fairness, sport, and the inclusion of transgender athletes. Keynote address: State University of New York  College at Brockport Philosophy of Sport Annual Lecture, Brockport, NY, November 1, 2016.