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24 Apr 2001
IOC News , Press Release


Lausanne, 24 April 2001 - The IOC President’s Prize 2001, selected by the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Board of Directors was awarded today to Professor David Kirk during a ceremony held at the IOC headquarters. The IOC President awarded the prize in the presence of Mr Ron Feingold, president of the AIESEP.

Presenting the prize, the IOC President said: “ With this award, I am pleased to acknowledge Professor Kirk’s outstanding research and contribution to the Olympic Movement. I also thank Mr Feingold for his collaboration over the last 20 years”.

Professor David Kirk is currently professor of youth sport and director of the Institute of Youth Sport at Loughborough, University in England. Prior to his current positions, he has worked at the University of Queensland and Deakin University in Australia.

Professor Kirk has extensive experience as a researcher in the fields of physical education and youth sport and has been a regular contributor to the scholarly and professional literature. His scholarly achievements have been in his in-depth analysis over a broad range of issues, from meta-theoretical paradigms of sport pedagogy and curriculum theory to empirical research reports on youth sport and the teaching of physical education. Professor Kirk is the author of several books, monographs, publications and international keynote presentations.

In addition to receiving the IOC President’s Prize, Professor Kirk was recently honoured by the Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation for his services to research in physical education and junior sport form 1984 and 1998.

The IOC President’s Prize is aiming to improve sport science and pedagogy. The sponsoring organisation, AIESEP, is now joined with the IOC Presidency in helping perpetuate research.

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