Gertrud Pfister (Germany)
Gertrud Pfister has been a member, Executive Board member, and long-term active consultant with IAPESGW for over 25 years. In 1993, she headed the Association’s Committee of Consultants, and other examples of her contributions include co-authoring the 50 years Commemorative book ‘Honoring the Legacy, 50 years of IAPESGW’ 1949 – 1999’, with Ann Hall. She was a vital member of the Oman Symposium in 2008, which led to the ‘Accept and Respect’ declaration and was co-editor of the Routledge book that emerged from that event: ‘Muslim Women and Sport’. She was also key to the Alexandria University Symposium, Egypt, in 2010, and has represented the organisation in many ways, for example in a group workshop event in Tehran. Gertrud organised the first History of Women’s Sport Conference in Qatar in 2011 and recommended IAPESGW had an invited spot in that event as the first International Association to be established for girls and women. Other activities include the leadership of the Copenhagen Summer School for the PhD students where IAPESGW has been one of the organisations invited to recommend students. In this recent quadrennial Gertrud again ‘stepped up’ for IAPESGW as one of the co-editors of the Routledge Book ‘Women and Sport in Latin America’. Gertrud has been a recipient of the Dorothy Ainsworth Research Award and now her continued efforts for the Association have led to this Award of Honorary Life membership.