Women Leadership in Sport: Trinidad and Tobago


Data consistently demonstrates that men are almost always represented on European sport organization boards, even in organizations and boards concerned with women’s sport (Adriaanse, 2018). Regionally the composition of national sporting bodies lacks female representation. The governing bodies for the two most popular sports in the English-speaking Caribbean; Cricket West Indies and CONCACAF both have one sole female amongst the male dominated board of directors. The purpose of this current research is to highlight the experiences of women leaders in sport; and validate their experiences. For this research the hegemonic masculinity theory (Connell 1987, 1995) guides the research and its methodology. Open ended interviews are used as the segway to uncover the reality of present female administrators, and women in leadership roles in sport in Trinidad and Tobago. There is currently a dearth in literature regarding women leadership in Caribbean sport. This would benefit the Caribbean region by yielding current research and igniting new perspectives on this contentious issue. This new data can be used to inform strategic appointments and decisions in sporting organizations in tandem with United Nations sustainable development goal five; gender equality and empower all women and girls.


Amara Felix Toussaint
Student, PhD. Student, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago


Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


Gender Equity and Policy



Digital Media


Women Leadership in Sport (pptx)