On Tuesday the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that Professor Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey has been awarded the 2017 IPC Paralympic Scientific Award, which she will receive at the VISTA Conference in September.
As a professor at Loughbrough University for almost 20 years, Goosey-Tolfrey has worked to find ways to apply sports science to Para athletes. She has been working for many years with the elite athletes including in 2008 when she lead a team of sports scientists and healthcare experts to ensure athletes were able to adapt to Beijing successfully.
“Considering the calibre of person that falls into this category, I am truly honoured to be following the in the footsteps of Professors Lucas van der Woude, Rory Cooper and Gudrum Doll-Tepper, who have inspired me in many ways. It is a magnificent achievement and I am privileged to be the recipient of this award in 2017,” Goosey-Tolfrey said after being told she would receive the award.
By being awarded this honor, Goosey-Tolfrey becomes a keynote speaker at the VISTA conference in Toronto in September. She has already released the title of her speech, called “Pushing from Atlanta to Rio: Reflections of my Practitioner and Research Journey.”
“The academic record of Professor Tolfrey-Goosey covers a wide range of disciplines that all contribute to optimising Para athlete performances,” said IPC Medical and Scientific Director Dr. Peter Van de Vliet. “Her answers to very concrete demands of athletes in different sports are appreciated by both athletes and their support staff, and are widely recognised by the academic community. I want to congratulate Vicky on the award, which serves as both a recognition and an incentive for further work in an ever-growing scientific domain, in partnership with the IPC.”
As with so many former honorees in the award Goosey-Tolfrey has served as a member IPC Medical & Scientific Committee, doing so from 2005-2010. Goosey-Tolfrey currently holds two positions in the para sport world serving as a sport science consultant for British Wheelchair Rugby and Para Triathlon.