As is the custom, the 25th TAFISA World Congress in Seoul, Korea, November 2017, was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the champions of Sport for All and share their good deeds with the international community. TAFISA thus awarded the organizations and individuals who are making a difference and helping promote Sport for All through their work and programmes.
Three people received the Jürgen Palm Award, TAFISA's most prestigious accolade, named after the late Prof. Dr. Jürgen Palm, the founding father and pioneer of TAFISA. The Award is for individuals who have made a significant and long-term contribution to the field of international Sport for All and physical activity and was this year bestowed to:
Dr. Sam Ramsamy receiving the Jürgen Palm Award from TAFISA President Prof. Dr. Ju-ho Chang and TAFISA Secretary General Wolfgang Baumann
TAFISA also rewarded four organisations with the TAFISA Sustainability Award, an award for organisations that have developed and successfully implemented sustainable interventions in the field of Sport for All and Physical Activity:
TAFISA took the opportunity to show its appreciation to Dr. Wan-shik Hong, who received the TAFISA Friends for Life Award for organising the 4th TAFISA World Sport for All Games in Busan, Korea, and for his involvement in the Sport for All Movement over the years.
The Pioneer Award, rewarding individuals who have made long term contributions to the field of Sport for All and physical activity, was bestowed upon two individuals, namely:
Last, this year marked the creation of a new Award, the Anita Gosh Award in memory of the late Prof. Anita Gosh from India, who stands for the strong positions that women can take in the promotion of Sport for All. It was bestowed upon Kim Duryeon who used "Dance" and "Movement" to unlock women's potential by teaching students at the Seoul National University and creating an entity called "Korea Movement Education Center". She has devoted her life in advocating for the importance of physical activity to Korean women, in particular by using dance sports and activities.
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