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Frank Pyke To Be College’s Karpovich Lecturer

May 24, 2003

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 24, 2003—It takes more than natural talent for an athlete to become a world-class athlete. Frank S. Pyke, executive director of the Victorian Institute of Sport in South Melbourne, Australia and expert in exercise physiology, will discuss factors that go into the making of an international champion at Springfield College’s 2003 Karpovich Lecture on Monday, March 31, 2002, at 5 p.m., in the Townhouse Conference Room, on the campus.

The winner of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, Pyke is the author of seven books and many articles in scientific journals and popular magazines on sport science, elite athlete development, and sports administration. At Springfield College, he will illustrate the importance of expert coaching, high quality sports science, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, career and education programs, and a supportive culture in building world-class athletes.

"Frank Pyke has been at the forefront of his field in Australia since the mid-1970s," according to William Considine, dean of Springfield College’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "The Karpovich Lecture is one of Springfield College’s premiere scholarly events, and we are honored that Frank Pyke will continue our 31-year tradition of bringing top experts in exercise physiology and sport science to our campus for the benefit of our students as well as professionals in this field," he said.

Pyke has taught and conducted research in universities in North America and Australia and been an international consultant and conference keynote speaker. He is the chairman of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Conference Committee, and has been awarded life membership in the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from the University of Western Australia, and a doctoral degree from Indiana University.

The college established the Karpovich Lecture in 1973 in memory of its former faculty member Peter V. Karpovich, who was an internationally recognized exercise physiologist and one of the principal founders of the American College of Sports Medicine. Among his many accomplishments in research physiology at Springfield College, Karpovich invented the electrogoniometer, a device that automatically measures and records angles formed in human joints. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

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