We give a warm welcome to Nicole Peel, who has recently joined us as a WLO member. She works as an Associate Lecturer on Therapeutic Recreation at the School of Science and Health at Western Sidney University, and has recently published about the state of leisure studies in Australia and New Zealand.

In one sentence: what does leisure mean to you?

Leisure to me means being able to do something that makes me feel free and allows me to express myself.

What leisure projects, research and/or activities are you involved in?

Exploring the leisure of young people in foster care.

How do you promote the development of leisure and leisure studies?

Through engaged student events within industry, marketing tools that build an identity of leisure uses within health, researching leisure and translating the benefits of leisure into appropriate language for relevant audiences.

How did you hear about WLO?

I have attended WL Congresses.

Why did you decide to become a member of WLO?

To be part of an international network that supports and promotes leisure.

What kind of synergies would you like to develop through your WLO membership?

I am keen to develop international partnerships for collaborative projects.