Executive Committee

Nov 2014-2018
Current Officers
President: Stiliani “Ani” Chroni, Greece/Norway
Vice President: Nada Knorre – Czech Republic
Secretary: Toni Bruce – New Zealand
Treasurer: Chris Shelton – USA
Past President: Kari Fasting – Norway

Stiliani “Ani” Chroni, Greece/Norway

Dr. Ani Chroni joined the WSI Advisory Board in 2005 and the Executive Board in 2011. She has been the WSI President since 2014. She is professor of sport psychology and coaching at the Inland Norway School of Sport Sciences. Her expertise is in sport psychology, women and sport, sport coaching and performance enhancement. During her graduate studies at Springfield College and the University of Virginia she developed a keen interest in girls’ and women’s matters in sport, and later on faced various forms of discrimination herself within the realm of sport. Ani has worked in international projects exploring gender relations and sexualized violence in sports, and led European Union (EU) funded programs on gender and equity while working in her native country, Greece. Currently, she lives and works in Norway, is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant by AASP and her research focuses on coaches’ psychology. She was an alpine ski racer and coach and today she is still active in the sport as a Technical Delegate for the International Ski Federation.

Nada Knorre – Czech Republic.

Dr. Nadezda Knorre has a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Physical Education, Charles University in Prague, where she worked as a teacher at the Department of Gymnastics from 1986 to 2004. She is a well known coach of gymnastics and served from 1993 to 2001 as a member of The Technical Committee General Gymnastics, in the European Gymnastic Federation (UEG). During the same period she was also a board member of the Czech Gymnastic Federation, and an international judge in team gymnastics. In 1997 she was appointed as the first chairperson of the Women and Sport Committee of the Czech Olympic Committee, where she still works in this position. From 2001-2004 she was the first elected woman as member of the Board of the Czech Olympic Committee, and from 2001-2004 she represented Czech Sport in the European Women and Sport steering group (EWS). In 2011, she was elected as an Advisory Board member of WSI and has been Vice-President since 2015. In 2012, she became a member of the expert group of the EU project Preventing Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport, and since 2016, she has been a member of the IOC Virtual Task Force Preventing Harassment and Abuse in Sport. Her current publications focus on all issues concerning Women and Sport in the Czech Republic.

Kari Fasting – Norway.

Dr. Kari Fasting is professor emerita at the Department of Social and Cultural Studies of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, in Oslo, Norway. She was the first female professor in sport science in the Nordic Countries (1987) and the first elected chair (rector) at the Norwegian school of sports sciences. She is past president and honorary member of the International Sociology of Sport Association, and one of the founding members of WomenSport International (WSI), and recently of Safe Sport International (SSI). She represents WSI in the International Working Group for Women in Sport (IWG), a task she has had for many years. Professor Fasting’s main research area is women and sport, and she has written more than 300 publications. During the last 20 years her research has mainly focused on sexual harassment and abuse in sport. She has worked as an expert consultant in this area for major organizations including: the International Olympic Committee, the Norwegian Olympic, Paralympic and Confederation of Sports, the Czech Olympic Committee, UNICEF, EU and Council of Europe. Her empirical work has been applied to programs internationally for preventing sexual harassment and abuse from occurring. In 2013 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern (Switzerland) and in 2015 from the University of Malmø (Sweden) and University of Chichester (England). In the 70’s she participated as an athlete on the national team in track and field. She has also been member of the executive board of the Norwegian Amateur Track and Field Association (1976-1980). From 1985 to 1991 she was a member of the Women’s Committee in the Norwegian Confederation of Sports representing this organization during the first 6 years of the European Women and Sports Group (1990-1996).

Chris Shelton – USA

Christine M. Shelton is Professor Emerita and Past Chair of the Exercise and Sport Studies Department at Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA. Chris served as the Co-Director of the Project on Women and Social Change at Smith College from 1996-2013. She has been on the Board for Women Sport International (WSI) and has served as Treasurer since 2012. She was the Americas Representative to the International Working Group (IWG) Board from 2002 thru 2014. Additionally, Chris served as Vice President for IAPESGW from 1998-2004. Chris served as the Resident Director of PRESHCO study abroad program in Cordoba, Spain (2013-2015) and was the first Academic Director for PRESHCO from 2015-2016. Her recent interests and scholarship have been in the area of women’s education worldwide especially in empowerment through sport and physical activity and bridge-building between the women’s sport community and the international women’s NGO network. She is co-author of Women on Power: Leadership Redefined.

Toni Bruce – New Zealand

Toni Bruce is Professor of Sport Sociology in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland, New Zealand. A former basketball player, she has been involved with women’s sport for many years. She interned at the Women’s Sports Foundation (USA) in the early 1990s, and has since served on the boards of WomenSport and Recreation ACT (Australia) and Women in Sport Aotearoa/ Ngā Wāhine Hākinakina o Aotearoa (New Zealand). She worked with FIFA as a venue media co-ordinator when New Zealand hosted the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. She has been President of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and is an inaugural research fellow of the same organisation. Toni’s research focuses on media representations of sport, especially sportswomen. She has published over 70 articles, book chapters and edited books, as well as Terra Ludus, a novel exploring issues of sport, media and gender. Toni is an active public intellectual, regularly writing articles on women’s sport, and being interviewed by media around the world. She is committed to sharing research with wider audiences and expanding our understandings of media coverage of sportswomen beyond western, English-speaking nations.