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The George Torkildsen Literary Award

The George Torkildsen Literary Award seeks to perpetuate the memory of this remarkable individual who served as Chair of the World Leisure Board of Directors. He was the first community sports center manager in Britain and has been called the father of sport and leisure in that country.

A prolific writer, lecturer and teacher, he authored Leisure and Recreation Management, Leisure Management A to Z: A Dictionary of Terms, and Torkildsen’s Guides to Leisure Management. This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the recreation, parks and leisure service literature by advancing innovative ideas, thoughts and/or philosophical perspectives.


2012 Recipient of the George Torkildsen Literary Award

Dr. Tony Veal

Honorary Professor
University of Technology
Sydney, Australia

A.J. (Tony) Veal is Adjunt Professor in the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). He worked in local government in the Uk and at the universities of Birmingham and North London before joining UTS in 1986. He is past president of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS), former chair of the LSA and former Member of the Boar of the World Leisure Organization. He is author of joint author/editor of: 
  • A Handbook of Leisure Studies (Palgrave-Macmillian, 2006);
  • Research Methods for Leisure and Tourism (E4, FT/Prentice Hall, 2011; Korean Edn: Pearson Education Korea/Hanol Publishing Co., 2009; Portuguese Edn: Editora Alepha, 2009);
  • Work and Leisure (Routledge, 2004);
  • Australian Leisure (E4, Pearson Australia, 2012);
  • Free Time and Leisure Participation: International Perspectives (2nd edition, CABI, 2005);
  • Leisure, Sport and Tourism, Politics, Policy and Planning (E3, CABI, 2012; Chinese Edn: Taipei: Creative and More Inc., Taipei, 2004);
  • The Olympic Games; A Social Science Perspective (E2, CABI, 2007; Chinese Edn: Tsinghua University Press, Beijing, 2004).

Criteria for Selection

  • Contributions that advance the professional literature in the area of recreation, parks, conservation, environment or leisure;
  • Research or scholarly endeavors that significantly influence new ideas, concepts and/or reveal new insights into recreation, parks, conservation, environment or leisure;
  • Ideas, concepts or writings that arouse professional awareness and/or provide new insights leading to major changes in the way in which the recreation, park and leisure service movement is viewed or practiced; and
  • Significant literary activities over a life time that reflect continuous and sustained contributions. Contributions may be reflected in a series of articles, books, lectures, research and technical reports, monographs or other forms.

Selection Procedures

Applications will be evaluated on:
  • Their literary contributions to advancing leisure concerns world wide;
  • The impact of such contributions as reflected in their influence to the general public and/or profession; and
  • The clarity, solutions and insights brought to emerging trends, issues and concepts as well as issues, problems and concerns.

Application/Award Procedures

The nomination file should include the following:
  • Name of the individual, title, organizational affiliation and full contact details;
  • A written statement of not more than1,000 words that addresses the nominees scholarly efforts and/or other professional contributions, referencing the impact that the nominees contributions have made to the literature; and
  • The nominees curriculum vita.
  • Nominations are due July 1, 2014.
  • Please send complete nominations to secretariat@worldleisure.org or fax them to 319-273-6413.

Recognition/Benefits to the Recipient

Each award winner receives a framed certificate

We Foster Inquiry

Research and scholarship to discover the personal and social potentialities of leisure experiences.

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