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Aboriginal Sport for Life – Long-Term Participant Development

Dustin Heise (M), Anthony Sauvé, Isabelle Aube, Clay Melnike Aboriginal Sport Circle and Canadian Sport for Life have been working with experts in aboriginal sport over the last year to develop the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development pathway.  This session will talk about current work in aboriginal sport pathways, learnings so far, and explore a provincial…
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@clubexcellence: More Than Just a Good Idea

  Kyle Johnston (M), Janet McMahon, Aimee Johnston, John Edwards Since launching the Affiliate status offering in July of 2014, this progressive program has become more than just a theoretical concept. Club Excellence is quickly becoming the strategic and dynamic approach of choice across many levels of sport, and has allowed multiple stakeholders to transform…
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Roger Smolnicky

Roger Smolnicky joins the Sport for Life Board of Directors with over 25 years of sport and recreation experience within Alberta. During this time, Roger has participated in a variety of sports such as curling, skiiing, luge, basketball and others at the local, provincial and national level. He is also a past president of the…
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John Ross

John Ross is the Owner and Operator of Toolquip Agency Ltd in Toronto. He has built Toolquip Agency over 40 years as a sales and marketing company that generates annual sales of over $70 million and employees more than 50 people across Canada. John has been an Alpine Skiing Race Crew Chief for 18 years,…
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Dr. Mary Bluechardt

Mary is the vice president of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Mary has an extensive background in applied health research and education, and came to Grenfell from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa. Her last post was Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UOIT. Mary served as director of the…
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Wendy Pattenden

Wendy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. The Canadian Sport Institute, in partnership with the national network of Canadian Sport Institutes and the British Columbia (BC) network of PacificSport Centres, delivers sport performance programs and services to provide athletes and coaches living in BC with every advantage to win medals…
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Physical Literacy

Physical literacy is the cornerstone of both participation and excellence in physical activity and sport. Individuals who are physically literate are more likely to be active for life. • Becoming physically literate is influenced by the individual's age, maturation and capacity. • Ideally, supporting the development of physical literacy should be a major focus prior…
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Sports can be classified as either early or late specialization. Well-known early specialization sports include artistic and acrobatic sports such as gymnastics, diving and figure skating. These differ from late specialization sports in that very complex skills are learned before maturation since they cannot be fully mastered if taught after maturation. Most other sports are…
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Developmental Age

Children of the same chronological age can differ by several years in their level of biological maturation. Growth, development and rate of maturation is the result of a complex interaction of genes, hormones, nutrients and the environments (physical and psychosocial) in which the individual lives. This combination of factors regulates the child's physical growth, neuromuscular…
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Sensitive Periods

A sensitive period is a broad timeframe or window of opportunity when the learning of a specific skill or the development of a specific physical capacity is particularly effective. The entire period of childhood can be viewed as a sensitive period for mastering fundamental movement skills. Trainability during the sensitive periods of accelerated adaptation to…
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