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There are a number of key awards presented to individuals for outstanding achievements  in specific fields of work, each of which are key to achieving the Association's stated aims and objectives.

To all members and interested friends,
With two months to go before the quadrennial 18th World Congress is held in Miami, Florida, it is time to receive nominations for the long-standing and prestigious awards IAPESGW give to honour outstanding women in the field. Please consider the different awards and the contributions of women you have known who might qualify.
The nomination process is explained and requires:
•    The permission of any person before nomination;
•    The CV of the nominee;
•    A letter of support stating how they have met the criteria and why they deserve the award.

All nominations must be emailed by 21 April to Rosa Lopez de D’Amico (President) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Karin Lofstrom (Secretary) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and Tansin Benn (Chair of Executive Board Awards Panel) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Thank you for your consideration

View the list of awards , their purpose and the criteria for nominations (as at April 2017).

IAPESGW AWARDS 2013 - presented at our 17th 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