Major Presentations

I have presented at many national and international conferences and symposiums, including a number as invited guest speaker or keynote presenter. Below is a list of some of the major presentations over my career.

Downs P. (1995). Project Willing and Able: An Australian initiative. Presentation at the 10th International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity, Oslo & Beitostolen, Norway.

Downs P & P Walthers. (1998). Adapted physical activity in the school setting. Three day workshop program with 132 teachers, academics and people with disabilities, organised by the National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Downs P & S Goodman. (1997). Grass roots participation and coach education programs for people with disabilities. Two week program conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Sports Commission to train and support teachers, coaches and administrators. Manilla, Philippines.

Downs P. (1997). Project Willing and Able – Creating a National Network for People with Disability in Sport. International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity, Quebec, Canada.

Downs P, Tweedy S, Walthers P, Bailey N & F Stanley. (1999). An introduction into the structure and function of services that meet the physical activity needs of young people with disabilities in Australia. Three day workshop organised as a joint venture of the Australian Sports Commission and the National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Downs P. (1999). Willing and Able – Providing new opportunities in sport for Australian school children. International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity, Barcelona, Spain.

Downs, P, Walthers P & K Tessier (2000). Including people with a disability in sport. Keynote presentations and workshops at the 2000 International Adapted Physical Education Conference, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Downs P, & N Bailey (2000). Inclusion in Sport. Two day workshop with 50 adapted physical activity specialists across Scandinavia organised by Handicapidraettens Videnscenter,  Copenhagen, Denmark.

Downs P & N Bailey (2000). PE and Sport for young people with disabilities. One day workshop on inclusion delivered to 22 adapted physical activity specialists, organised by the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Downs. P. (2001). Towards a Society for All through Adapted Physical Activity. Keynote presentation at the 13th International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity, Vienna, Austria.

Downs P (2001). Inclusive practices: An Australian perspective. Two day workshop organised by the Swedish Development Centre for Disability Sport, presented to 25 experts in collaboration with colleagues from England, Finland and Canada. Stockholm, Sweden.

Downs P. (2003). Coexistence in society through sports participation. Keynote presentation at the 14th International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity, Seoul, Korea.

Downs P. (2004). Preparing professionals to work with athletes with disabilities. Presentation at the 2004 Pre-Olympic Congress, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Downs P (2006), Creating Training Pathways for Classifiers – A National and International Challenge. Presentation at the Commonwealth International Sport Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Downs P & T. Naar (2006) Classification – Solutions for the Future: Creating Classifier Pathways – An Australian Model. Presentation at the IPC VISTA 2006 Conference, Bonn, Germany.

Downs P (2006). Including People with Disabilities in Sport and Physical Activity – Real Life Experiences. Keynote presentation at the 6th National Conference on Adapted Physical Activity, Helsinki, Finland.

Downs P (2006), What is Inclusive Practices in Sport? Presentation at the ‘Open Your Mind; Count Us In’ National Conference, Perth, Australia.

Downs P (2006), Disability Education Program in Action. Series of workshops to 75 sport and physical activity providers throughout Finland. Organised by the Finnish Association of Sports for the Disabled.

Downs P (2008), Sports CONNECT – connecting sport and people with a disability. Keynote presentation at the third National APA Conference, Killarney, Ireland.

Downs P (2011), Where Opportunity Knocks – The Environments and Places that Create Opportunities in Sport and Physical Activity for People with Disability.  Keynote presentation at the International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity, Paris, France.

Downs P (2012), Providing Opportunities for People with Disability in Sport and Physical Activity – What Makes it Happen? Invited guest speaker at the Pre-Olympic Sports Science Convention (ICSEMIS), Glasgow, Scotland.

Downs P (2012), Creating National Inclusive Sport Programs for People with Disability – An Australian Experience. Invited guest speaker at the MOVE2012 Conference, International Sport and Culture Association, Sao Paulo, Brazil.