Gudrun Doll-Tepper Honoured

10/11/2011 09:30


Former ICSSPE President Gudrun Doll-Tepper was presented with the Ingemar-Wedman-Award by the Swedish Development Centre for Disability Sport (SUH).


Doll-Tepper received the award for her engagement in the scientific field of adapted physical activity and the Paralympics. According to the award jury, she significantly contributed to bring sport science and adapted physical activity closer together, and to give them a platform together with Olympic sport. An example for her achievements is the establishment of a sport science and education subcommittee within the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Her merits show in a “fantastic way how science can contribute to the development of Paralympic sport”, the jury explained.


Gudrun Doll-Tepper sees the awarding as a great honour and an expression of appreciation of her work, although its success is due her working with others: "I would like to share this award with all the people in the Paralympic Movement and the scientific community who were part of our work. It is an encouragement for our future actions and exchange of ideas", she commented.


Yves Vanlandewijck from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, also received this year’s award for his important work regarding the collaboration between Paralympic and Olympic sport with different research disciplines. Vanlandewijck has been a key figure in the research process that now is leading towards the re-inclusion of athletes with learning difficulties in the Paralympic movement and the Paralympic Games.


“Now we have two fantastic role models for the Ingemar Wedman Award and for how to successfully use science for the advancement of Paralympic sport. If future award winners can achieve anything near our first Ingemar Wedman Award Winners we can look forward to a very optimistic future where science will be effectively used as a tool for the advancement of Paralympic sport from many different perspectives”, the award jury commented.


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