Doctor Ryan Storr

Doctor Ryan Storr

Academic Course Advisor, Sport Development,

SPR/2H Casual Academic - Unit/Subject 200751/SPRT3014,
Dean's Unit, School of Business

SPR/2H Casual Academic - Unit/Subject 201001/BUSM3053,
Dean's Unit, School of Business

Lecturer in Sport Development,


Ryan Storr is a Lecturer and Academic Course Advisor for the Sport Development undergraduate program. He recently completed his PhD at Victoria University, Melbourne, and his thesis is under examination. He was awarded an international PhD scholarship attached to an ARC Linkage project entitled "Participation vs Performance: Exploring how community sports clubs respond to diversity", and his thesis explored how volunteers in community sports clubs engaged with diversity work. He graduated from Loughborough University in the UK, in Geography and Sport and Leisure Management. Prior to the moving to Australia, he held a Graduate Tutor Position at Northumbria University in the UK, whereby he taught onto the Sport Development program within the School of Life Sciences in the Department of Sport Development, Management and Coaching. His research interests focused on sport volunteering and young people, and he was a committee member on the UK Sport Volunteering Research Network, which was a network of academics, professionals and policy makers involved with sport volunteering in the UK. His research interests currently focus on diversity and volunteering within community sports clubs, with a specific focus on LGBTI+ diversity. He recently has led several projects in Australia which have explored LGBTI+ inclusion within the Australian sport landscape, and was chief investigator for a funded evaluation for Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria entitled "Exploring LGBT Inclusion in Australian Cricket". He is also the co-founder and director of Proud 2 Play, a LGBTI+ youth sport charity, which aims to increase participation in sport for LGBTI+ youth, their friends and families. This work has involved consultancy and partnerships with several State Sporting Organisations and National State Sporting Organisations and working with sports to engage them with LGBTI+ diversity. Proud 2 Play was a winner in the Vic Health Sport Innovation Challenge, in partnership with Cricket Victoria, and received a grant of $100,000 to run the ‘Proud Cricket Program’, an education and social cricket program for the Victoria LGBTI+ community. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Storr.


  • PhD Victoria University


  • Diversity in Community Sport
  • LGBTI+ inclusion in sporting organisations
  • Sport Volunteering

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Business
  • Dean's Unit, School of Business


Phone: (02) 9685 9968

Location: EHa.1.19
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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 401243 Sport for Social Development, 2018


Journal Articles

  • Storr, R., Jeanes, R., Spaaij, R. and Farquharson, K. (2021), '"That's where the dollars are" : understanding why community sports volunteers engage with intellectual disability as a form of diversity', Managing Sport and Leisure, vol 26, no 3 , pp 175 - 188.
  • Storr, R. (2021), '"The poor cousin of inclusion" : Australian Sporting Organisations and LGBT+ diversity and inclusion', Sport Management Review, vol 24, no 3 , pp 410 - 420.
  • Parry, K., Storr, R., Kavanagh, E. and Anderson, E. (2021), '[In Press] Conceptualising organisational cultural lag : marriage equality and Australian sport', Journal of Sociology, vol 150 .
  • Storr, R., Nicholas, L., Robinson, K. and Davies, C. (2021), '[In Press] 'Game to play?' : barriers and facilitators to sexuality and gender diverse young people's participation in sport and physical activity', Sport, Education and Society, .
  • Storr, R., Jeanes, R., Rossi, T. and Lisahunter, .. (2021), '[In Press] Are we there yet? : (illusions of) inclusion in sport for LGBT+ communities in Australia', International Review for the Sociology of Sport, .
  • Storr, R. (2020), '[In Press] Commitment, resistance and indifference toward diversity amongst community cricket volunteers', Sport in Society, .
  • Nichols, G., Hogg, E., Knight, C. and Storr, R. (2019), 'Selling volunteering or developing volunteers? : approaches to promoting sports volunteering', Voluntary Sector Review, vol 10, no 1 , pp 3 - 18.
  • Robertson, J., Storr, R., Bakos, A. and O'Brien, D. (2019), '"My ideal is where it is just Jane the Cricketer rather than Jane the Gay Cricketer" : an institutional perspective on lesbian inclusion in Australian cricket', Journal of Sport Management, vol 33, no 5 , pp 395 - 405.
  • Spaaij, R., Magee, J., Farquharson, K., Gorman, S., Jeanes, R., Lusher, D. and Storr, R. (2018), 'Diversity work in community sport organizations : commitment, resistance and institutional change', International Review for the Sociology of Sport, vol 53, no 3 , pp 278 - 295.
  • Storr, R. and Spaaij, R. (2017), ''I guess it's kind of elitist': the formation and mobilisation of cultural, social and physical capital in youth sport volunteering', Journal of Youth Studies, vol 20, no 4 , pp 487 - 502.

Conference Papers

  • Storr, R., Parry, K. and Kavanagh, E. (2018), '"We are a sport for all Australian's" : exploring the non-performativity of institutional speech acts around LGBTI+ diversity in Australian sporting organisations', European Association for Sociology of Sport. Conference, Bordeaux, France.

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'Game to Play? Exploring the Experiences and Attitudes Towards Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity Amongst Same Sex Attracted and Gender Diverse Young People', Report
  • 2020, 'Game On: LGBT+ Inclusion in Australian Tennis', Report
  • 2019, 'Developing LGBT+ Inclusive Supporter Groups in the Big Bash League', Report
  • 2017, 'Exploring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Inclusion in Australian Cricket', Report
  • 2016, 'Motivations of Sport Volunteers in England: A Review for Sport England', Report

Previous Projects

Title: LGBT inclusion in Australian Tennis
  • Tennis Australia Ltd
Western Researchers: Ryan Storr and Jess Richards
Years: 2019-06-25 - 2020-07-25
ID: P00025951
Title: Developing LGBT+ Inclusive Supporter Groups in the Big Bash Cricket League
  • Victorian Cricket Association
Western Researchers: Ryan Storr and Jorge Dorfman Knijnik
Years: 2018-06-07 - 2019-08-30
ID: P00025087
Title: Enacting LGBT Inclusion with Victorian Cricket
  • Cricket Victoria
Western Researchers: Ryan Storr and Tony Rossi
Years: 2019-01-29 - 2019-10-31
ID: P00025539

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