Encouragement and inclusion lead to commendation
A Paralympic athlete classifier has been highly commended at the
2015 University of Queensland Faculty of Health and Behavioural
Science Research Awards.
Tweedy from the School of Human Movement and
Nutrition Sciences was recognised in the category of Research
Faculty Associate Dean (Research) Professor
Christina Lee said there were numerous instances where Dr
Tweedy brought his research on physical activity and disability
into community settings.
"He has been a Motor Accident Insurance Commission Research
Fellow in Physical Activity since 1997," Professor Lee said.
"Previously, he was also an exercise physiologist for the
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association for 10 years.
"One of his main interest areas is evaluating the efficacy of
interventions that promote physical activity in people with
"Sean established and continues to coordinate the Adapted
Physical Activity Program, a novel specialised service that
promotes physical activity for people with disabilities in the
Dr Tweedy has both a Master of Human Movement Studies and a
Doctor of Philosophy and, through his research program, aims to
empower people with impairment.
By allowing participants to engage in physical activities of
their choice, he improves their long-term health, fitness and
Sports fans would be interested to know Dr Tweedy is the
Principal Investigator of the International Paralympic Committee
Classification Research and Development Centre.
"Systems of classification that are fair are critical for all
levels of disability sport, particularly encouraging participation
from novices," Dr Tweedy said.
"Ensuring integrity of competition at the elite level sets an
attitude that filters down to the levels below and gives a positive
representation of sport."
Dr Tweedy has led scientific initiatives to improve the evidence
behind Paralympic classification systems.
He authored the official International Paralympic Committee
Position Stand on the scientific principles of classification.
Based on outcomes from his research, the eligibility criteria
for the sport of athletics were reviewed (then implemented at the
London 2012 Paralympic Games) so that they were more credible and
In addition to his scientific contributions, he has been a
classifier at the last four Paralympic Games.