Episode 51:

An Interview with Gudrun Doll-Tepper

Date released: December 2013. Updated September 2017

Partners: Gudrun Doll-Tepper

In this episode we grab the opportunity at the ICSSPE Communities in Crisis Seminar to talk to Gudrun Doll-Tepper—a legend in the field of adapted physical activity and education. We talk to Gudrun about developments in the field and lots more in this two part video interview.

Gudrun Doll-Tepper HeadshotGudrun Doll-Tepper is a legend in the field of adapted physical activity and education. This is a ‘short’ bio—Prof. Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper is professor of sport science at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She received her doctorate from the University of Berlin. Gudrun is former President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), a world organisation of currently more than 320 national and international organisations and institutions. She is Vice-President of the German Olympic Sport Confederation (responsible for Education/Olympic Education), chairperson of the German Olympic Academy, the former President of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA), and the former Chairperson of the International Paralympic Committee Sport Science Committee (IPCSSC). She has authored and co-authored over 350 publications in sport science, sport pedagogy, and adapted physical activity and sport for persons with a disability. On top of that she’s a really good, friendly and fun person to have around!

The opportunity arose at the annual ICSSPE Communities in Crisis seminar in Rheinsberg, Germany, to spend some time with Gudrun. Her vast knowledge and background in the area of adapted physical activity and the wider fields of physical education and sport provides a fascinating perspective in this two part interview.

In this part 1 Gudrun talks a little about how she got involved in the field and about the growth of adapted physical activity/education. She also talks about the importance of inclusive training for professionals in sport and physical education. Just click on the image to see part 1.


In this part 2 Gudrun talks more about developments internationally in the field and the importance of making connections across disciplines and how vital it is to look beyond our usual boundaries to collaborate with partners outside specialist areas. The Inclusion Club also gets a mention!
A huge thanks to Gudrun for her time and cooperation. Gudrun has a vast bibliography—just search online and you’ll find lots of interesting articles and texts.


About the author: Ken Black

About the author: Ken Black

Founding Director - The Inclusion Club

I have worked as a practitioner in the area of inclusive physical activity and disability sport for over 35 years. This has included 10 years working in special education, 2 years for a disability sport organisation (UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability), 6 years as a disability sports development officer for Leeds City Council sports development team, 6 years as the Inclusive Sport Officer with the Youth Sport Trust, 3 years as Sports Consultant with the Australian Sports Commission, (working in the Disability Sport Unit), and 2 years running a research and development centre on disability sport at Loughborough University.