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This study examined some of the psychosocial factors that affect the development of passion and identity association with sport by Paralympic athletes. Athletes (n = 81) enrolled in the Australian Paralympic Preparation Program and completed measures for achievement goals, sport participation, role and organisation engagement, sport performance level, and passion during the lead-up to the 2012 Beijing Paralympic Games. Results of regression analysis supported the general hypothesis that factors associated with being an athlete play a role in the development of passion and more specifically, role engagement, mastery goal, behavioural and cognitive involvement were factors that predicted the passion of a Paralympic athlete. Striving to learn a sport and an active involvement in the role of being an athlete may lead to a passionate engagement, not only with a sport, but also engagement with society more broadly.

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