New Keynote Announcements

We are delighted to announce that we have been able to secure two new keynote speakers to replace Ted and Carolyn Temertzoglou who sadly had to withdraw from APPEC 2015 following Ted’s unfortunate accident on the weekend.

Dr. Trisha Leahy, BBS, CEO, Hong Kong Sports Institute, Hong Kong

Keynote: From Physical Literacy to Life Literacy: Harnessing the potential of  sport to empower young people

Research evidence shows that the benefits of participating in organized physical activity reach beyond the physical domain, empowering young people with valuable “life literacy” skills including psychological, emotional and social competencies. However, the documentation of the occurrence of various forms of abuse and violence in sport has challenged our consensus vision of sport as a positive, empowering environment for young people. This has led to a more critical analysis of the sporting environment and its impact on young people. In this presentation I will provide an overview of the latest international developments in addressing the issue of safeguarding young people in sport. I will focus on the need for systemic and individual commitment to ensure that participation in sport is an empowering experience for young people, and physical literacy does indeed transfer into life literacy skills.

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Dr. Aaron Beighle, Associate Professor University of Kentucky, USA

Keynote: Butterflies and Dominoes: Thriving as Physical Educators

The Butterfly Effect and Domino Effect both suggest that little small changes can have a tremendous  impact. Little things matter.  The focus of this presentation will be to first demonstrate how seemingly  trivial, and sometimes forgotten perspectives, can have a tremendous impact on learning and most  importantly, students in physical education. Strategies for thriving in an educational climate that can lure teachers into focusing on trivial issues will be explored.

[Keynote Speaker Profile]


Opening Keynote
The opening keynote will now be delivered by Dr. Graham Dodd and we wish to acknowledge and thank Graham for very kindly offering to take up this important role.

Ted & Carolyn Temertzoglou – Important Information

We were very sorry to hear that Ted has suffered a serious accident while playing touch football. Carolyn says he is in a stable condition and has been discharged from hospital  but needs to be closely monitored over the days ahead and will not be able to  fly for 4-6 weeks.

We know you will all want to join the committee and 21CLI in  wishing Ted all the very best for a rapid recovery to full fitness. We will really miss not having them at the conference next weekend.

We are now acting on contingency plans to locate alternative keynote speakers through our networks in Hong Kong, Australia, US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK and hope we will be able to fill the gap with suitable replacement keynote speakers  by next weekend. We will keep you updated as and when we have further information.

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc (ACHPER)

At APPEC we are working hard to build bridges to like minded organizations around the world. We are delighted to announce that our first partnership is with the ACHPER.

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc (ACHPER)

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The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc. (ACHPER) is the leading professional association representing teachers and other professionals working in the fields of health and physical education.

Celebrating its 60th year in 2015, ACHPER aims to promote active and healthy living for all Australians through education, advocacy, partnership and professional practice.

ACHPER has direct contact with over 30,000 HPE professionals and reach to over 3.5 million Australian students in over 9,000 schools throughout Australia. These contacts include specialist and generalist primary and secondary Health and Physical Education teachers, academics and tertiary educators leading Health and Physical Education teacher training, principals, students, sport coaches, and education policy and curriculum leaders.


Join the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) and become part of an active and vibrant professional community of over 2,500 members committed to promoting active and healthy living for all Australians.

ACHPER, provides you with the opportunity to improve your own professional practice, while addressing issues of local and national concern.

  • Meet and network with other like-minded professionals in your areas of interest.
  • Stay in the know and benefit from a range of products and services whether you are a graduate, experienced teacher or tertiary educator.

Individual efforts can be effective, but a collective professional voice is stronger. Why wouldn’t you want to be part of a progressive, widely recognised organisation that is interested in the health and well-being of our children and youth?


ACHPER National has been a publisher of high quality resources specifically catering to the needs of the Health and Physical Education profession for many decades, and have a range of published resources that are compatible with and supportive of the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education.

As outlined in the 2014-16 Strategic Plan, ACHPER National will focus on prioritising effective resource development and the expansion of ACHPER’s online resource provision.

Association for Physical Education

At APPEC we are working hard to build bridges to like minded organizations around the world. Our latest partner is the Association for Physical Education (afPE), the only physical education subject association in the UK.

Association for Physical Education

afPE is committed to being the representative organisation of choice for people and organisations delivering or supporting the delivery of physical education in schools and in the wider community.

afPE’s Corporate Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the distinctive role of physical education in children’s and young people’s development and achievements
  2. Establish and sustain physical education at the heart of school life and whole-school development, through support for high quality learning and teaching; research; ethical leadership and politically informed advocacy and representation
  3. Raise awareness of physical education’s contributions to public health and well-being
  4. Play a leading role in the development of a workforce with the skills and qualities required to assure high quality physical education and sport in schools and in the wider community
  5. Provide high quality, professional, sustainable services for members and partners

New Canadian Partner: PHE Canada

At APPEC we are working hard to build bridges to like minded organizations around the world. Our latest partner is PHE Canada the peak non profit association for Physical Education and Health teachers in Canada.

Physical and Health Education Canada

Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) is the national voice for physical and health educators. PHE Canada advocates for the healthy development of children and youth through the development and delivery of quality physical and health education programming and the establishment of healthy school communities.


By joining PHE Canada, you are displaying your support as we strive to ensure every child has the opportunity to live a healthy and physically active life. In addition to supporting the development, delivery, and advocacy for quality physical and health education programming, members and supporters benefit from exclusive access to physical and health education related information and resources, career development opportunities, and special incentives and savings.

Passport For Life

Passport For Life is a free online physical literacy assessment tool, assessing all dimensions of physical literacy development, which provides teachers with the necessary information to tailor their instructional programming to meet the specific needs, aptitudes, and abilities of their students.

9 Reasons to Attend APPEC

As the school year is just kicking off we wanted to provide a useful resource for our APPEC evangelists use with other PE teachers in their school. If you have heard of the APPEC conference and your colleagues have not consider sharing this presentation at a start of year staff meeting or forward to your principal so he or she can understand the benefits of attending.

Get Kitted Out with Shirt, Bag and Cap from PlayerLayer

We are delighted to announce that PlayerLayer is supporting the APPEC 2015 conference as the sole Platinum Sponsor. As part of this arrangement, PlayerLayer will provide every APPEC participant with a set of high quality sports kit including a polo shirt, a hat, and a sports bag. Register soon to ensure we have time to get your preferred shirt size on order – strict production time limits apply so make sure you register as soon as possible. And if you are presenting at the conference then your shirt will be personalised with your initials.

If you have already registered for the conference we will be contacting you shortly to get your sizing information.

Two New Keynotes from ACHPER

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker line-up is now complete with Dr Shane Pill and Dr Graham Dodd from Australia both confirmed for APPEC 2015. Graham and Shane are both closely associated with ACHPER, Australia’s leading professional association for teachers and other professionals working in health and physical education.

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Senior Lecturer in Physical Education Studies, Flinders   University

Shane previously worked for 18 years as a science and physical education teacher in schools in Perth and Adelaide where he held various leadership positions including HPE Coordinator, Sport Coordinator, Year Level Coordinator, Director of School Administration and Deputy Principal.

Shane lectures at Flinder University in curriculum studies, physical education and sport studies and his research interests include curriculum design and enactment, pedagogy and instructional strategies for games and sport teaching, sport coaching and curriculum leadership. Shane is the author of four books on game sense teaching and coaching, and he is internationally recognised for his research into sport teaching and coaching. Shane was a major contributing writer to the Cricket Australia S’Cool Cricket resource, the Tennis Australia Hot Shots Tennis resource and the revised AFL Sport Education program. Shane is also a Level 2 Australian Football Accredited Coach.

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Dr. Graham Dodd

Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia
Vice President – ACHPER National

Graham originally taught at Unley High School in South Australia prior to working for the South Australian Education Department. He then became a Senior Lecturer & Program Director of Secondary PE/Human Movement at the University of South Australia.

Graham is now an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia and has longstanding research interests in the role of human motion in the healthy social, physical, emotional, cognitive, and physiological growth and development of individuals across the lifespan. Graham has written about this in his book ‘The Value of Human Motion’. His current focus is on the emerging global research evidence connecting human motion, cognitive (brain) development, enhanced learning & healthy optimal human development.

Graham was co-founder of Kindergym Australia (1980), co-creator of the Jump Rope for Heart program & schools resources (1983) & co-founder of PE Week Australia (1984). He is also a winner of the 2006 Individual Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching, and is a Fellow and Life Member of ACHPER. Graham has been a member of ACHPER for 50 years and presented the 29th Fritz Duras Lecture – ‘The Unrealised value of Human Motion – moving back to movement’ in the Council’s 60th Year Celebration in April of 2015.