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IAPESGW AWARDS 2017 - presented at our 18th World Congress, Miami, Florida

The list of awards and the recipients:

Honorary Life Member:  Tansin Benn (England) and Gertrud Pfister (Germany)

Dorothy Ainsworth Research Award:  Anneliese Goslin (South Africa)

Lynn Vendien International Leadership:  Carole Oglesby (USA)

Audrey Bambra Legacy Award: Makoto Takahashi (Japan)

Chiyoe Matsumoto Dance Development Award: Elba Maria Kerr (Venezuela)

A New Award -  Margaret Talbot Award: Maryam Jahromi Koushkie (Iran); Canan Koca (Turkey); Rohab Shahrian (Iran);Susi-Kathi Jost (Switzerland); Eliana Ferreira (Brazil); Gladys Bequer Díaz (Cuba) and Doreen Solomons (South Africa)


Awarded to individual members who have made a significant, sustained and outstanding contribution to the work of the Association.

Tansin Benn (England) 
She first joined IAPESGW in 1973 at the World congress that took place in Iran, in that moment she was a student participating in dance demonstration. She has travelled extensively in a professional capacity on all continents of the world and she has had a particular input in many Middle East countries, for example Iran, Egypt, Oman, Libya, Syria, UAE and Qatar.
Tansin’s main focus of research has been on gender, cultural diversity, inclusion and ethnicity, specifically - increasing opportunities for Muslim girls and women to participate in physical education and sport. Publications have included books and articles in many academic and pedagogical journals on issues of inclusion, cultural diversity, gender, religion and ethnicity, learning and teaching in sport and physical education. She has been an advocate to promote the Acceptance and Respect Declaration that was the product of the Qatar Symposium on the history of women’s sport and NGOs. She coordinated the first book on Muslin Women in sport and recently she is one of the editors of the book Women and sport in Latin America.
She won a prestigious Leverhulme Research Fellowship award in 2008 to work with Women in Teacher Training for Physical Education in Oman. In 2011 she won the Philip Noel-Baker Research Award (ICSSPE), 2012 the Outstanding Contribution Award of the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation (UK), and in 2013, the Women’s Sport Foundation (US) Darlene A. Kluka Women’s Sports and Physical Activity Research Award. She also developed a world-first customised, part-time post graduate study opportunity for international professional dancers of The Birmingham Royal Ballet Company with Birmingham University UK from 1997 – 2013. She is currently a volunteer with Age UK in the area of Ageing and Physical Activity.
She led IAPESGW, as its President, (2009–2013)  and continued to support the Association as Chair of the Committee of Consultants on IAPESGW’s Executive Board (2013 – 2017). 

Gertrud Pfister (Germany)
Gertrud Pfister has been a member, Executive Board member, and long-term active consultant with IAPESGW for over 25 years. In 1993, she headed the Association’s Committee of Consultants, and other examples of her contributions include co-authoring the 50 years Commemorative book ‘Honoring the Legacy, 50 years of IAPESGW’ 1949 – 1999’, with Ann Hall. She was a vital member of the Oman Symposium in 2008, which led to the ‘Accept and Respect’ declaration and was co-editor of the Routledge book that emerged from that event: ‘Muslim Women and Sport’. She was also key to the Alexandria University Symposium, Egypt, in 2010, and has represented the organisation in many ways, for example in a group workshop event in Tehran. Gertrud organised the first History of Women’s Sport Conference in Qatar in 2011 and recommended IAPESGW had an invited spot in that event as the first International Association to be established for girls and women. Other activities include the leadership of the Copenhagen Summer School for the PhD students where IAPESGW has been one of the organisations invited to recommend students. In this recent quadrennial Gertrud again ‘stepped up’ for IAPESGW as one of the co-editors of the Routledge Book ‘Women and Sport in Latin America’. Gertrud has been a recipient of the Dorothy Ainsworth Research Award and now her continued efforts for the Association have led to this Award of Honorary Life membership.

Awarded to individuals in recognition of sustained contribution to scholarly research that furthers the aims of the Association.

Anneliese Goslin (South Africa)
Anneliese has an impressive academic history over long years of service as administrator, researcher, mentor, leader, reviewer, editor.
She has connected gender issues with sport management, equity, recreation & leisure, education, coaching, sport for all, and dance.
She has been connected with IAPESGW for many years and has represented IAPESGW in various places. She has Chaired the Scientific Committee of the World Congress quadrennial events in South Africa 2009 and Miami 2017.
She has published in journals from different regions of the world and is connected with various international organizations. Anneliese has contributed in all fields possible to support the aims of IAPESGW.







Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated active leadership, especially with regard to international understanding and relationships that further the aims of the Association.

Carole Oglesby (USA)
Carole has received major merits within and beyond the USA for her years of dedication to supporting women and sport for over 40 years, since the 1970s, also enjoying life as an athlete and coach. Most recently her work has been acknowledged with a major award from the IOC. Her leadership in the ‘women and sport’ international community has been impressive over many years and continues today. Her long and continuing commitment and leadership to pursuing co-operation and continued development of international work for women and sport makes her a worthy winner of the International leadership Award. It is particularly pertinent for Carole because from 1972 – 75 she was on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts where Lynn Vendien was co-chairing a Women’s Physical Education Department with Betty Spears for a short time. These were her first mentors and Lynn Vendien guided Carole into international interests and her first international conference in Jyvaskyla Finland, which ensured she was ‘hooked’.






Awarded to individuals or organisations whose work has resulted in a legacy of positive influence on the lives of girls and women through physical education or sport. This can be at local, national or international level.

Makoto Takahashi (Japan)
Makoto has devoted herself entirely to gymnastics and dance for girls and women in communities since the 1960s. She is regarded as a pioneer of Japanese community dancing for all ages. The number of community dance leaders and teachers who have been taught by her across Japan is over 30,000. 
She began lecturing in 1970s, later becoming a Professor. She contributed for JAPEW including Vice President for many years. Here she persevere to widen the reach of dance education to include dance in the Community. She founded the Movement that led to the Japan Rhythm Movement  Leaders’ Association and since retiring she continues to lead a dance performance group (which we saw performing the first night) and exercise groups for older people. Her influence and achievements are enormous. 
She has attended IAPESGW Congress since 1980s. Her daughters - Roka Ida and Anri Tanaka, have followed her footsteps - bringing workshops and displays to IAPESGW events. Her vision and perseverance in bringing enjoyable movement experiences to Japanese communities has ensured a legacy that will continue to benefit the lives of girls and women for years to come. 



Awarded to honour a respected dance practitioner / researcher and / or teacher who has sustained a strong reputation over many years and continues to work in the field of Dance in Education.

Elba Maria Kerr (Venezuela)
Maria is a practitioner dancer / choreographer / teacher / trainer / mentor, an inspiration to generations of young dancers, mostly girls, in Venezuela. After graduating in 1978 she has contributed in schools, universities, and theatre work, and has dedicated all her life to dance. She has worked across many styles including Classical Ballet, Contemporary, African, Rhythm and Movement, Cuban Classical, Flamenco, Cultural projects, and multiple Latin American styles. She has performed and choreographed many dance pieces at major events in Venezuela. Her dancers have continued supporting and developing the dance practice in her home city and also in countries abroad in which they have become dance instructors. In 2000 she opened her house and founded the ‘Escuela de Ballet Nena Kerr’ for 1500 students studying a range of dance styles. The school has expanded and is now well known nationally and internationally, bringing teachers from across the world to deliver at the school. The motto is ‘to train good citizens’ and it is open to anyone who wants to dance.
Through dance she has helped many girls to dance careers and university scholarships. She has contributed for decades to the field of dance at every level and has touched and changed the lives of many.


Awarded for an outstanding contribution to the Association and / or its values.

Canan Koca (Turkey)
•    Organsing the first IAPESGW Regional Symposium in Turkey in 2014.
•    Starting the first National Association for Women and Sport in Turkey.
•    Being the first women to win the Turkish Social Scientist Award and
•    For being a long-standing supporter in the Executive Board and promoting the values of the Association.




Maryam Koushkie (Iran)
•    Remaining as a long standing member of the Executive Board
•    Supporting the IAPESGW– Oman International study week on Muslim women and Sport in 2008 and its influential Declaration …Accept and Respect.
•    Supporting the coordination of several workshop events for IAPESGW in Iran.
•    Facilitating the Association´s 2nd regional congress event in Tehran in 2015 through the Ministry of Youth and Sport.




Robab Shahrian (Iran) 
•    Working in sport management at Government and IOC levels in Iran to facilitate and promote physical education, physical activity and sport for girls and women across the country.
•    Inviting IAPESGWs international members to Iran for the 2nd regional symposium in 2015, 42 years after our World Congress at the University of Tehran in 1973.
•    Being instrumental in promoting professional sport for Iranian women in national and international sport.








Susi-Kathi Jost (Switzerland)
Margaret Talbot met Susi Kathi Jost, a highly skilled sportswoman, while she was working with the ‘European Group on Women and Sport’. She inspired and encouraged her to join IAPESGW in the 1990s. Susi Kathi became an Executive Board member, moving to Vice-President from 2001 to 2009.  She has helped the Association in many ways, often with unforeseen problems, for example with the Egypt World Congress at Alexandria University in September 2001, just two weeks after the disaster of 9/11.  She continues to be a loyal member, attending our events around the world.




Eliana Ferreira (Brazil) 
The contribution of Eliana in instigating the Five Continents ‘Inspirational Women’ Book Series deserves recognition through this award. She trusted IAPESGW colleagues with funding from her University, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, to manage the huge task of managing the collection of sport women´s voices from the five continents.  As a result the books were printed, 500 copies are being distributed free internationally and it is available electronically. IAPESGW is grateful to Eliana and the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil.




Gladys Bequer (Cuba)

She receives this award for her lifetime commitment to all aspects of physical activity across the lifespan in Cuba, in physical education, community and high performance sport.
Through her role in INDER, as the first female Vice President of this Government department for physical education, Gladys led the 2013 IAPESGW World Congress in Havana.
She supports multiple national and international initiatives and developments within Cuba for girls and women and will be supporting an IAPESGW regional event for Latin American and the Caribbean in Cuba in 2018.





Doreen Solomons (South Africa)
Margaret Talbot was a mentor and inspirational figure for Doreen who first attended the IAPESGW quadrennial Congress events in 1977. She has been a loyal member and contributor to the association since this time. Doreen went on to inspire thousands of young people across South Africa, leading in the field of physical education, dance and gymnastics in post-apartheid South Africa. Doreen was successful in developing a model of physical education relevant to the context of her country, a highly complex task. She went on to lead the World Congress for IAPESGW in South Africa in 2009 and is still contributing in the field.


Current list of Honorary Life Members:

1981- Lieselot Diem (Fed. Republic of Germany)

1987- Liisa Orko (Finland)

1993- Helene Tollich (Austria)
Pat Bowen-West (UK)
Audrey Bambra (UK)
Chiyoe Matsumoto (Japan)
Isabelle Nel (South Africa)

2005 - Margaret Talbot (UK)

2009- Doreen Solomons (South Africa)

2013 - Darlene Kluka (USA) 

2017 - Tansin Benn (England)
Gertrud Pfister (Germany)

IAPESGW AWARDS 2013 - presented at our 17th World Congress, Havana, Cuba

To standing ovations in the full auditorium on the last morning the following outstanding women in our field were recognized for their great achievements (please click on each name to view the testimonial):

Chiyoe Matsumoto Dance Award - Alicia Alonso, Cuba

*Young Researcher Award - Shahrzad Mohammadi (Iran) & Maria Morera (Costa Rica)

Dorothy Ainsworth Award for Research -  Gertrud Pfister (Germany / Denmark)



Lynn Vendien Award for Leadership - Christine Shelton (USA)






Audrey Bambra Award for Legacy -  Nour El Huda Karfoul (**Syria) & Margaret Whitehead (UK)

**To the people of Syria and other countries where conflict exists:
"The International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW) sends our love and deepest hope for resolution where conflict and tension exists. We recognise that women are often the victims and that sport takes a back seat as lives are re-prioritised. The present will pass and there will be a time to rebuild, and we want you to know that the people of IAPESGW are with you every step of the way." 
Tansin Benn (President of World Congress, Havana, Cuba, April 10th - 13th 2013)

Honorary Life Member - Darlene Kluka (USA)

* Awarded for their presentations at the Congress

Current list of Honorary Life Members:

1981- Lieselot Diem (Fed. Republic of Germany)

1987- Liisa Orko (Finland)

1993- Helene Tollich (Austria)
Pat Bowen-West (UK)
Audrey Bambra (UK)
Chiyoe Matsumoto (Japan)
Isabelle Nel (South Africa)

2005 - Margaret Talbot (UK)

2009- Doreen Solomons (South Africa)

2013 - Darlene Kluka (USA) 


IAPESGW AWARDS 2009 -  presented at our 
16th Congress, Stellenbosch, South Africa:

(Outstanding contribution to IAPESGW)
The IAPESGW awards Honorary Life Membership to members who have made a significant, sustained and outstanding contribution to the work of the Association.


Recipient 2009 - Doreen Solomans Doreen Solomons, Honorary Life Member 2009
Doreen Solomons has been an IAPESGW member since 1977 and has enjoyed the many international friendships developed over the years. She was an Executive Board member from 1999 to 2009 and in 2005 gave a stunning bid presentation to IAPESGW Congress in Edmonton, Canada, which took IAPESGW to South Africa for Congress 2009.




Audrey Bambra, OBE, was a Member of IAPESGW almost all her professional life, and Editor of the Bulletin for many years. Through her positions in teacher education and especially as Principal of Chelsea College of Physical Education, she was a respected mentor of thousands of women, not only in the UK, but from all over the world, since Chelsea provided post-experience training for overseas students.

The Award in her name was made for the first time at the 2005 Congress, to Doreen Solomons and her wonderful South African teacher dance group, who not only performed for and delighted Congress participants, but also demonstrated international collaboration, and what could be achieved by committed teachers who were not specialists in dance, but merely were led by a love for the and understanding of movement.
Audrey would have loved to watch South African teachers demonstrating the national (Irish!) dances she had taught Doreen, decades previously – a genuinely lasting legacy of talented teaching and joyous learning.

The Audrey Bambra Award was established to reward a member or group of members of the Association who have demonstrated commitment to the learning process and pedagogy, and have passed this on to others, whether in their own neighbourhoods or countries, or internationally, over a sustained period of time.

• The award is to honour a respected dance practitioner / researcher and / or teacher who has
sustained a strong reputation over many years and continues to work in the field of Dance in
• The award has been made possible through the kind donation of an honorary life member.
• The award will be presented at the four-yearly IAPESGW Congress

Recipient 2009  - Chitraleka Bolar
Chitraleka Bolar receives her award from Chiyoe Matsumoto
For the first time in the 60 year history of the Association an International Dance Development Award was made, thanks to the kind donation of a long-standing Honorary Life Member of IAPESGW – Chiyoe Matsumoto from Japan. Remarkably, Chiyoe attended Congress 2009 at the age of 90 years.
The first ever recipient of this award was Chitraleka Bolar, born and trained in Kerala, South India, now based at the University of Birmingham’s School of Education since 1997 and at King Edward’s School, Handsworth.




The Kluka - Love award was established to reward a young researcher
(Under 35 years of age)Dr Yousra Al-Sinani recipient of the Kukla Love Award, 2009 for the best presentation at the quadrennial
Congress. The criteria used to assess nominations for this award include: clarity of research design, originality of topic, integrity of analysis and excellence in presentation skills.

Recipient 2009 - Dr Yousra Al-Sinani
Yousra works as a lecturer in physical education in the Education Faculty of Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. She was the first Omani woman to gain a PhD in the subject and studied at the School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK.
Yousra is the first IAPESGW member from her country. In addition to winning the Kluka Love Award 2009 she made an outstanding contribution to managing the IAPESGW 2008 International Study Week, generously hosted by her University in Oman.

View a news sheet giving the full details of the 2009 award winners