Barry University to Host 18th World Congress for the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women

Participants from 40 countries to address topics ranging from the
use of sports to overcome trauma among refugee populations to helping
with cancer recovery and promoting leadership among girls and women in
developing nations

International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and
(IAPESGW) will be hosting its 18th World Congress May 17 – 21,
2017 at Barry
, in Miami Shores, Florida. This is the first time the
World Congress has been hosted in the United States since 1961.

IAPESGW was founded in 1949 to provide the opportunity for physical
educators and sports coaches and practitioners to come together and
share their ideas, methods, programs, problems, and solutions on an
international platform.

“We have a robust schedule of workshops designed to inspire and motivate
professionals working in the field of sport for girls and women,” said Dr.
Kathryn Ludwig
, Associate Professor of Biomechanics at Barry
University. “We will be sharing research and exchanging ideas to improve
the position of girls and women, particularly in developing nations and
among refugee populations.”

The central theme of the congress will be “Women and Girls in Sport:
Research to Action”
with four subthemes: pedagogy of physical
education, sport, and dance, lifelong physical activity for all, global
to local initiatives and assessment and sport sciences.

Speakers include:

  • Jayne Greenburg, PhD, Miami, Florida, USA – Director of
    Physical Education and Health Literacy, Miami Dade County Schools and
    Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
  • Clare Hanlon, PhD, Melbourne, Australia – Associate Professor,
    Sport Management, Victoria University and Sport Management Discipline
    Leader, College of Sport & Exercise Science
  • Ana Maria Miragaya, PhD, Petrópolis, Brazil – Professor of
    Physical Education, Universidade Estácio de Sá, Campus Petrópolis and
    Selection Committee Member, International Olympic Committee

As part of the congress, on May 20 the association will host a dinner to
present the “Women in Sport Achievement Award.” This year, the Mistress
of Ceremonies will be Anita Marks from ESPN TV, and the recipients of
the award are: Lesley Visser, Hall of Fame Sportscaster and Rennae
Stubbs, Broadcaster & Former #1 Doubles Tennis Player.

To register for the conference, visit,
or to rsvp for the dinner, visit


For Barry University
Media inquiries:
Rafael Brazon-Di Fatta,