World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium

 World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium

Building Content and Capacity by Working Together

Sport for Life provides information and ongoing support for the integration of Long-Term Athlete Development to National Sport Organizations, sport and non-sport sector leaders, and other contributors to the Canadian sport system. Quality sport and advancing physical literacy are central to the work of Sport for Life.

On January 26, 2018 in Gatineau Quebec, the World Long-Term Athlete Development (WLTAD) Symposium will take the lead in showcasing conversations between researchers, Sport for Life experts, and practitioners, addressing specific questions and challenges in the world of sport. The WLTAD creates a platform for researchers and coaches to discuss their individual discoveries for better 2-way communication and ongoing support.

As leaders in sport we have a social responsibility to nurture and navigate relationships between academics and coaches to maximize the development and impact of current findings. By building community engagement with a collective lens we can bridge the world of academia and coaching. Both academic and coach pathways could be strengthened through more opportunities like the WLTAD to convene and share experiences and learnings from each world.

The 2018 World LTAD Symposium will feature presentations and panel discussions from LTAD experts and presenters from around the world such as Dr. Gabor Geczi who will speak to LTAD in Hungary and Ian Freeman will present LTAD in British swimming. Additional world renowned presenters will be announced shortly in a detailed program.

For previous WLTAD Symposium information visit IPLC.

Contact Hannah, Special Projects and Events Coordinator at

“Two things make community engagement authentic: education and empowerment”

- Jack Richiutto

Registration now open!

View detailed program here


Registration                                                              Regular
Registration Cost                                                         $149

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9:00 - 9:15 - Welcome and Overview

Emcee: Thomas Jones - Sport for Life - International 
9:15 - 9:45 - LTAD in British Swimming - Ian Freeman - ASA/British Swimming - Loughborough University
9:45 - 10:15 - LTAD from Around the World

10:15 - 10:45 - Break

10:45 - 11:15 - LTAD in India - Ram Nayyar - Fearlessness Consulting
11:15 - 11:45 - LTAD in the Caribbean - Kabir Hosein Trinidad and Tobago Athletics

11:45 - 12:30 - Lunch

12:30 - 4:30 - The Challenges, The Facts, Proposed Solutions - PANEL PRESENTATIONS

Moderator: Richard Way - Sport for Life
12:30 - 1:30 - Talent ID, Development
1:30 - 2:30 - Defining Quality Sport
2:30 - 3:30 - Specialization
3:30 - 4:30 - Excellence Takes Time (10,000 hour pathways)

4:30 - 4:45 - Closing Comments
Emcee: Thomas Jones - Sport for Life - International 

Panel Presenters
Ian Freeman - Practitioner
Dr. Vicki Harber - Sport for Life expert
Dr. Steve Norris - Sport for Life expert
Glenn Cundari - PGA of Canada
Ram Nayyar - Practitioner
Dr. John Cairney - Researcher
Carolyn Trono - Sport for Life expert
Kabir Hosein - Practitioner
Dr. Jean Côté - Researcher
Dr. Vicki Harber - Sport for Life expert
Sylvie Beliveau - Practitioner
Jason de Vos - Practitioner
Istvan Balyi - Sport for Life expert