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Bob Bearpark Foundation

“Coaches teach important lessons in life... reliability, honesty, team building, life skills and values” Bob Bearpark Robert ‘Bob’ Edward Bearpark 1943 - 1996 Bob Bearpark embarked on a career in teaching and coaching in the southwest of England where he was a well-known athlete, physical educator and coach in the counties of Gloucestershire and Devon.…
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Creating a Community that is Active for Life

This article was originally published in the resource Aboriginal Communities: Active for Life. This resource aims to help our children and youth across the country enjoy long, healthy, happy, and good lives. This work seeks to address the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, and serves as a tool for addressing fundamental rights of Indigenous Peoples—the right to…
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How to Create Quality Experiences in Sport and Activity: Keep Everyone Moving in Progressive and Challenging Ways

This article was originally published in the resource Aboriginal Communities: Active for Life. This resource aims to help our children and youth across the country enjoy long, healthy, happy, and good lives. This work seeks to address the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, and serves as a tool for addressing fundamental rights of Indigenous Peoples—the right to…
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Making meaningful competition affordable and accessible in rural Saskatchewan

Reflecting on the competition concepts outlined in Section 1 and Long-Term Athlete Development/Long-Term Participant Development Pathway 10 Key Factors, there are questions to consider when examining competition from a sport and athlete development perspective. To participate in competition, how far and how much does it cost to travel? Are associated competition fees and travel too…
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Competition: Contributing to the positive development of athletes

It’s hard to imagine that an 18-year-old lacrosse player who was selected fifth overall in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) draft – who was named to both the all-star and all-rookie teams in his inaugural season, who proceeded to win the NLL championship in each of his first three seasons in the league, and who…
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The Dichotomy Between the Aboriginal and Mainstream Sport Systems

Every Easter weekend for the past 55 years, hundreds of Aboriginal soccer players from around British Columbia have come to Victoria to compete in the annual Totem Soccer Tournament. Upwards of 70 teams – spanning men’s, women’s and youth divisions – treat the Victoria soccer community to a display of quality soccer. Likewise, the ‘Namgis…
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The challenges around meaningful competition

Every 3 years the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) brings together thousands of Aboriginal athletes from across the continent to compete in the 14-sport event. For many of these athletes, ranging in age from 13 to 19 and striving for excellence in their respective sports, the NAIG is the ultimate moment in their athletic careers.…
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The power of sport and meaningful competition

Sport has a potential beyond what happens in the field of play. It can be the mechanism to cope with and ultimately overcome tragedy and grief. If the sport structure provides meaningful competition for participants, it can open the door to opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise have. When the God’s Lake Narrows First Nation School’s…
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Creating the stepping stones to sport participation: Keep it fun and purposeful

This content was originally published in the resource Aboriginal Communities: Active for Life. This resource aims to help aboriginal children and youth across the country enjoy long, healthy, happy, and good lives. This work seeks to address the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, and serves as a tool for addressing fundamental rights of Indigenous Peoples—the right…
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