The World Confederation for Physical Therapy celebrated its first 60 years with a Gala Dinner at the Novotel in Amsterdam before the congress.
Guests and WCPT delegates from all over the world attended, many in national dress. Among those attending were three former WCPT Presidents: Doreen Moore (1970-74), Margrit List (1982-88) and David Teager (1995-1999).
The dinner marked the founding of WCPT in 1951 when a group of 15 delegates from 11 national physical therapy associations gathered for their first meeting in a room in a Copenhagen restaurant.
The WCPT Awards were presented at the dinner. These recognise outstanding international contributions to the profession and/or global health by physical therapists.
The winner of the Humanitarian Service Award, which recognises those who have improved people’s lives through exceptional care, compassion, dedication and personal commitment, was Peta Ann Schmidt. She is a longstanding member of the South African Society of Physiotherapy who, the citation said, has continuously reached out beyond the confines of her paid employment to contribute time and services to not-for-profit causes.
International Service Awards were presented to those who had made a significant international contribution in the areas of physical therapy practice, education, research, and administration and development.
The awards were presented to: Eckhardt Boehle, Elisabeth Haase, António M Fernandes Lopes, Joyce Mothabeng, Ina Diener, Amélia Pasqual Marques, Yoriko Taguchi, Jill Boissonnault, Elizabeth Carrington, Olwen Finlay, Prudence Galley, Gwendolen Jull, Paul JM Helders and Ann Moore.