A Qualitative Exploration of Participant Motives Among Committed Amateur Triathletes

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Title A Qualitative Exploration of Participant Motives Among Committed Amateur Triathletes
Author Lamont, Matthew; Kennelly, Millicent Prudence
Journal Name Leisure Sciences
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Abstract This study explored motivations of amateur triathletes using an interpretive approach. In-depth interviews were conducted with 21 triathletes in two Australian east coast states. Data were interpreted through the theoretical lenses of self-determination theory and flow. Nine motivation themes emerged. The triathletes were motivated to participate in triathlon partly for intrinsic reasons, though extrinsic motives were also extensively prevalent. Different motivations were found to be cyclical in directing behavior contingent upon individual goals, event schedules, and personal circumstances. There is a need for further inquiry into endurance sport participants’ endorsement of intrinsic versus extrinsic motives.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2012.669685
Volume 34
Issue Number 3
Page from 236
Page to 255
ISSN 0149-0400
Date Accessioned 2012-08-21
Date Available 2013-06-03T01:15:11Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47341
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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