Gender swordplay

Kate Sylvester has applied her research on kendo to her performance in three world championships.

"Victoria University really opened my mind to think critically about sporting practices.

I have been granted many excellent opportunities at VU. I had two overseas exchanges while studying my degree – at the University of Western Ontario in Canada and at the University of Biwako Seikei Sport College in Japan, where I did an honours year. That led to my PhD researching Kendo and gender in sport.

Across all areas at VU, the staff have been extremely supportive and encouraging. I feel I have found my way, which may not have happened at another university.

I've been able to apply what I have learnt in my studies to improve my kendo practices and kendo in Australia.

I've represented Australia in three world kendo championships: in Scotland, in Taiwan and in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the Australian women's team finished in the top eight."


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Kate Sylvester - gender swordplay