World-leading Motor Development expert delivers guest lecture at UWTSD Carmarthen


Professor Jackie Goodway, a world-leading authority on children’s motor development will be delivering a guest lecture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Carmarthen campus later this month.


SKIP-Cymru activities.

Open to students, teachers, coaches and practitioners, Ohio State University-based Professor Goodway will be discussing the relationship between motor development, life-long physical activity and health at a special lecture at UWTSD Carmarthen on Tuesday, December 10th at 10am.

UWTSD’s Wales Academy for Health and Physical Literacy has a strong international reputation for its pioneering work and has a long-standing relationship with Professor Goodway.

Dr.Goodway’s research agenda focuses on promoting an “Active Start” in young children who are economically disadvantaged and elucidating the role motor competence plays in leading a physically active lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight. She has developed an evidenced-based SKIP (Successful Kinesthetic Instruction for Pre-schoolers) motor skill programme which has implemented widely across the USA and globally. She has also published a leading textbook in motor development and written over 70 peer-reviewed articles; 8 book chapters; 50 keynote presentations, and delivered over 200 international and national presentations. 

Professor Jackie Goodway / Yr Athro Jackie Goodway

Professor Jackie Goodway, Ohio State University

Having received numerous awards for her work, Dr Goodway actively works to promote motor development and physical activity for young children in underserved communities across the world.  She also worked closely with UWTSD’s Dr Nalda Wainwright, Director of the Wales Academy for Health and Physical Literacy on the development of SKIP-Cymru which was recently highlighted in the National Assembly for Wales’ Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s report into the ‘Physical Activity of Children and Young People’ as well as being featured as a case study in the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales’ recent report entitled ‘A Journey to a Healthier Wales.’

Dr Jackie Goodway’s work is particularly relevant to us in Wales with the increased emphasis on health and wellbeing and the growing problem of childhood and adolescent obesity and Dr Nalda Wainwright is looking forward to welcoming her to the University’s Campus in Carmarthen.

“I’m delighted to be welcoming Dr Goodway back again to continue our work in this important field,” says Dr Wainwright.  “Dr Goodway and I have been working together for over seven years and every time she is over on a visit it is great to be able to share with her the impact that the SKIP-Cyrmu is having on young children’s physical skills and their opportunities to be more active in later life.”

The guest lecture is a free event and will be followed by a networking lunch enabling guests to meet other professionals and discuss the topics addressed in the presentation as well as general issues relating to Physical Education and Health in the region.

For further information about the lecture or to book your place, please contact Dr Nalda Wainwright, Director of UWTSD’s Wales Academy for Health and Physical Literacy by emailing or calling 01267 676730

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