Understanding Event Sport Tourism Experiences of Support Partners: A Research Note

Daniel Wade Clarke (Lead / Corresponding author)

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The purpose of this research reflection is to set the stage for a more detailed research agenda in exploring event sport tourism experiences of support partners (SPs) during events. Using photo elicitation, the article presents a preliminary empirical case study. Visual materials were assembled by three female participants to interrogate how SPs experience “spectator space” and explore the processes that produced those experiences, an area of study that remains relatively unexplored in leisure research. Initial findings show how waiting to see the triathlete can be anxiety-provoking, but the release of emotion when smiles are exchanged constitutes core activities of being there. However, there are more questions than answers, and there is a need for further inquiry. Suggestions for future research on the impact of serious leisure on intimate others are given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-475
Number of pages10
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number5
Early online date21 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • event sport tourism
  • participants' entourage
  • photo elicitation
  • support partner
  • triathlon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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