Sport and inclusion Interview with Arianna Roncarati, student at Unife, winner of the Bratti Award – University of Ferrara

Thanks to his undergraduate thesis dedicated to the topic of social value and inclusion in sport, Arianna Roncarati won the “Luciano Bratti” award, established byUniversity of Ferrara with intent to honor the memory of a historical figure in the world of sports and society of the city of Ferrara.

Arianna studied Sciences and Techniques of the Preventive and Adapted Motor Activity of the University of Ferraraand his dissertation is entitled “Gender difference in sport. Representations, media and stereotypes ”.

On the occasion ofat the award ceremony, which took place this morning (June 10, 2022, ed) in the Auditorium of the Rectorate of via Ariosto, we have it interviewed to tell us his path and the objectives of his thesis.

From left Alessandro Bratti (son of Luciano and professor at Unife), Arianna Roncarati and Consuelo Mangifesta

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Arianna receives the award from Mrs. Fosca, wife of Luciano Bratti

Good morning Arianna, thank you for accepting our invitation. Let’s start with you, how did the path that led you to become a Doctor of Science and Technology in Preventive and Adapted Motor Activity begin?

Thank you for the invitation. I’ve been fascinated by sports since I was a child: as soon as I had a moment I went to the garden to play. After high school I enrolled Degree in Exercise Sciencemy goal was to become a gym teacher and, more generally, I had a weakness for the functioning of the human body.
After I got my degree, my college career stopped, I had decided to try other paths. A few years later, however, I preferred to retrace my steps and enroll in the Master. In this second phase of my university career, I met the Professor Giorgio Cappello and, thanks to him, the Sociology of sport. L‘argument of the gender difference in sport it hit me right away. So I decided to move on to the final thesis.

What areas does your thesis focus on and why did you choose this area?

My thesis focuses on a much debated topic today: le gender differences in sport.
Specifically, I went to negotiate diverse stereotypes and representations who had the woman in the pastismurders that have been achieved so far and struggles to break down prejudices.
My thesis ends with an interview with a famous footballer, Eleonora Goldoniwhich helped me a lot to reflect, also giving me an idea of ​​what my future might be.
I have decided to address this issue first of all because I would like to teach, and I think attention to these social issues is also critical in schools. I would like to teach young people to break down these barriers right away.
Also, being a woman and having tried different sports in the past, is an issue that I feel very on my skin. I know there has been progress and a lot of work is being done on that, though with my thesis I wanted to let everyone know that it has been and still is very difficult for women to make their way in the world of sports.

What does this award mean to you? And how does it feel to have won it?

Winning this award is at great milestone personal. See valued a topic that brings me so close it’s a great satisfaction because it means something is moving in people. Also, I’m glad I received it because it’s a topic I’ve developed; He was so scared, he was afraid he would be criticized, but he would be rewarded. This award for me represents a revenge for all women.

What role does the University of Ferrara play in your path?

The road to the master’s degree was very satisfying. With distance learning I also had the opportunity to better manage time, and therefore to follow lessons better. Unfortunately, again because of DAD, I didn’t know my classmates, I couldn’t compare myself to them, except by phone. But I had the opportunity to start working in schools.
The master’s degree gave me a more precise direction and provided me with the necessary knowledge, especially in the field of sociology. I want to thank the University of Ferrara for giving me a great opportunity for personal growth.

what are your future plans?

The reason that prompted me to enroll in the master’s degree is teaching. I want to teach because I like the school environment, I like being with children, I find it a dynamic environment.
I would like to teach physical activity because it is so much more than it seems, it is behind ito Team spirit, movements well done, being in a group.
There are so many things related to sport that are underestimated. Sport generates a lot of positive feedback in other areas of life. Then, vI would like to teach this to children from an early age Sport is for everyone and everyone, teach them to break down the barriers of gender differences that unfortunately still today, despite advances, are still present in the world of sport.
For the future I do not want to exclude the rehabilitation areawho knows that one day it may not help people get better.
Finally, the thesis I developed also led me to reflect on and consider the asocial aspects of sportthis is also a field that I would be interested in dedicating myself to in the future.

What would you like to say to young people who want to do the same study as you?

I would like to tell the boys and girls that in order to do things right you have to dedicate yourself to something you like, if there is one. passion then you can do it all. You can also start from scratch but if you have passion and interest in what you do you will be able to achieve your goals. Sport is essential and must be done well, our work as teachers is very important and much more than it seems. I would say that you take this path with responsibility and passion because in their own way they can make a difference.

Is there anything we would like to add?

I want to say that in a Master’s Degree in Motor Sciences, in a path linked to sport, in which everything is focused on the sports and rehabilitation part, it is also necessary to give maximum importance to Sociology. I was a little hesitant when I decided on my thesis, because it was a subject among many and the weight given to it was less.
When I confronted my peers, I was trapped because they criticized my choice. Then I decided to go my own way and the comment was very positive.

Finally, with this thesis, I am confident in a future that is not based on gender differences. I hope in the future that it does not opt ​​for differences but, on the contrary, brings people closer to what unites them most, in this case sport, because Sport embraces all individuals as they are.

Interview by Geneva CrivetoFellow of the degree in Communication Sciences and Technologies.

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