Congratulations to the new student representatives to IFAPA. At the general assembly, Daegu, South Korea, four candidates were nominated, and all were accepted to coordinate the activities related to students of IFAPA. 

Left to right: Rosa, Kyla, Heidi, T Nicole 

Aysegul Aksoy “Rosa” (Turkey) 

Rosa is a PhD student and research assistant at Middle East Technical University. She is in the technical committee of the Physical Disability Sport Federation of Turkey and a Sherborne Motor Development level II leader. She has her own personal website.  

Kyla Collins (USA) 

Kyla Collins is starting her second year in the Masters in Kinesiology program at Texas Christian University. Her research interests are using physical activity to improve motor competence and health of children with developmental disabilities. She is also a Health Promotions Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program.

T Nicole Kirk (USA) 

T. Nicole Kirk is a second-year PhD student in adapted physical activity at Old Dominion University. Her primary research interests are attitudes toward physical activity participation among adults and children with visual impairments. In addition to research, she serves as the program coordinator and judo specialist for the Mighty Monarchs program, a bi-weekly sports club for youth with visual impairments. Each summer she ventures to Maryland School for the Blind to serve as a judo specialist at Camp Abilities Maryland, which might be her favorite week of the year. When not working, she trains judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu, lifts heavy things and puts them back down, and tries to build furniture, with varying levels of success

Heidi Skantz (Finland)

Heidi Skantz is student from Finland. Currently she is studying Master’s degree in Physiotherapy at University of Jyväskylä. She did student exchange in Leuven and studied in the International Master program of Adapted Physical Activity. After graduating from university, she’ll start working with her Phd project during this year and it will be about active aging. In a leisure time Heidi likes to do different kind of sports such as swimming, playing disc golf and walking in the nature. She is also coaching track and field athletes in Special Olympics.