School of Human Kinetics and Recreation News

RBC presents the PLAY Project with $23,200 to revise the Physical Literacy Experience program

As part of RBC Sports Day in Canada, the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR), hosted HIPP 2B Healthy on Nov. 21. The event included a chance to meet the Paralympic three-time gold medalist Dave Durepos and opportunities to try new sports. RBC representatives were on hand to present HKR with a $23,200 RBC Learn to Play Project grant to revise the Physical Literacy Experience (PLE) program.


Davis Forman with award

For alumnus Davis Forman participating in the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology's Graduate Award competition was a major research coup and he credits the School of Human Kinetics (HKR) for helping foster that success.

Behm accepting award

At its annual conference in Hamilton, ON in October, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) presented Dr. David Behm with its highest form of recognition the CSEP/SCPE Honor Award. This is the first time in 30 years since the award’s inception that a researcher from Atlantic Canada has won.

Dr.MacKinnon and Ms. Katie Aylward

Dr. Scott MacKinnon, professor with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR) on a recent trip to Galveston, Texas was able to help celebrate the convocation of Katie Aylward, Master of Science (Kin) graduate with HKR. 

Dr. Kilborn is an expert on childhood health and wellness.

The future of this province is only as healthy as the next generation. Building a culture of healthy active living is essential to improve the health and wellness of children and youth in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ballet school representatives Angie Seto and Ashleigh Powell

Recently during the National Ballet School’s (NBS) annual outreach visit to Newfoundland and Labrador, members stopped by the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. They facilitated a session with Dr. Erin Cameron’s Movement Concepts class to introduce concepts to use dance in physical education.


Dr. Joanisse and Dr. Basset with grad students in the lab

Obese and fit are two words most people do not usually associate; however, through an upcoming project a group of researchers at Memorial University is seeking to explore this idea. Dr. Fabien Basset, associate professor with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation and Dr. Denis Joanisse, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Université Laval who is visiting Memorial on sabbatical, are collaborating on this project. 


Kim White with Jaymee Webster, Dr. TA Loeffler, and members of the North Atlantic Zip Line team.

This past summer, Ms. Jaymee Webster was a student in Dr. Loeffler’s Therapeutic Recreation in Outdoor Settings class. The course focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice therapeutic recreation in outdoor settings.

Dr. Loeffler assigned a case study project that provided Jaymee an opportunity to work through all stages of planning an outdoor experience focused on using a TrailRider to provide access to a zip lining experience for someone with mobility challenges. The TrailRider is a single tire wheelchair that allows individuals with mobility disabilities to access trails, go hiking and in this case reach the first line of the zip line course. 

A study, led by HKR's Dr. Michelle Kilborn, of physical education curriculum across Canada has found that while the curriculum's stated aims are focused on healthy active living through physical activity, the actual learning outcome statements focus primarily on movement skills, games and sport techniques.

Dr. Michelle Kilborn (far right) and guests at the IAACS Conference in Ottawa

Michelle Kilborn brought together several prominent international curriculum scholars at the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS) Conference in Ottawa on May 25-29, to pay tribute to Maxine Greene, one of the most significant educational philosophers of our time.


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Dr. TA Loeffler named by Canadian Geographic as one of the country's top 100 "modern-day trailblazers".