Thórdís Gísladóttir, from Iceland, is an Assistant Professor in the Sport- and Health department of the School of Education, University of Iceland. She received her BSc from the University of Alabama in the United States and her MA degree from Bifrost University in Iceland. In 2015, she received her PhD from Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Her research fields of interest are youth health and well-being, and the effects of sport in society. She has published articles on physical fitness, motor competence, and the effects of sport and physical activity for youth. She conducted the first ever study on the economic value of sport in Icelandic society.
Thórdís is the Icelandic national record holder in high jump. She competed in two Olympic Games, six World Championships and three European Championships. She competed internationally for Iceland from 1975-1999 and was the captain of the Icelandic women´s national team from 1984-1999.
Thórdís has received many honours in her field of study, for her sport participation and her leadership work. She was chosen the Icelandic Athletics Woman of the Year in 1990. During her time at the University of Alabama, she received the All-American Honours as she was the NCAA Champion in high jump three times. In 2005 she was awarded the Educator of the Year in Iceland. One of her greatest recognitions was being the first winner of the European Athletics Women’s Leadership Award in 2009.
Thórdís has served as an athletics coach for two decades at the biggest athletics club in Iceland, coaching both youth and elite athletes. She has been a board member of the Reykjavik Sports Union and a member on several comities for the Municipality of Reykjavík, as well as the Directory of Health and Ministry of Education in Iceland.