Recent Posts by Will Johnson

Sport for Life celebrates eight years of physical literacy in Ontario

As a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization, Sport for Life’s mission is to create a future where everyone has the opportunity to develop physical literacy and access quality sport and physical activity programs. How can we do that? By bridging gaps between sectors, creating new collaborations with Canadian institutions, and mobilizing our knowledge to communities across…
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How to build a thriving judo culture in Canada

By Will Johnson You can’t teach a child judo the same way you can teach an adult—it just doesn’t work. First they’ll get bored, then they’ll get hurt.  According to Andrzej Sadej, the Coaching & Education Director and Para Head Coach of Judo Canada, that’s one of the key reasons the sport hasn’t yet caught…
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National Health and Fitness Day 2022 returns on June 4

It’s time for us to get moving again. For the past two years, Canadians have struggled through a pandemic that kept many isolated and sedentary. This has only exacerbated the existing inactivity crisis, which is leading to a rise in preventable illnesses. But now that COVID-19 appears to be largely behind us, National Health and…
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Dr. Vicki Harber reflects on her multi-decade career in the Canadian sport system

By Will Johnson Dr. Vicki Harber doesn’t mince words. The retired Olympic rower and exercise reproductive endocrinologist has been working within the Canadian sport system for much of her career, with a focus on multisport and the female athlete. For decades she’s been one of the leading voices championing the implementation of the Long-Term Development…
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Sport for Life Canadian Summit 2022 in photos

Terrell Evans of The Grind Basketball chats with elder Alex Nelson during this year's Summit in Victoria. Ten communities, four keynotes, and hundreds of delegates. The 2022 Sport for Life Canadian Summit was held on May 11 and 12, and representatives from all sectors came together to reflect, reconnect and reimagine the future of the…
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Do you know the ABCs of physical literacy?

Sport for Life storyteller Will Johnson's son Kristopher has been mastering climbing down the stairs. By Will Johnson My son Kristopher was pointing his toe like a ballerina.  Down on all fours at the top lip of our house’s central staircase, my one-year-old had side-crawled himself into position before sending out an exploratory foot to…
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2022 Sport for Life Canadian Summit announces 10 host communities

Two days, 10 cities. For the first time ever, the Sport for Life Canadian Summit will take place in multiple communities simultaneously. To optimize accessibility for communities throughout Canada, it will be a simultaneous, multi-community extravaganza that features both live, local content as well as virtual content that will connect all of the host communities…
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Sport for Life and Physical Literacy for Life seek Committee Members

  Sport for Life, and its charitable arm Physical Literacy for Life, are looking for passionate people to join our Boards’ Governance and Finance & Audit Committees. Whether you have experience in the sport and physical activity sector, a passion for quality sport, physical literacy,  or anything in between, we encourage you to check out…
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Sport for Life bolsters staff force with 12 new hires

The Sport for Life team is growing. As the pandemic continues to disrupt the lives of Canadians, the work of improving the quality of sport and developing physical literacy continues. Our organization has pivoted to virtual work, so we’ve been able to fundamentally change our hiring practices to expand our scope, resulting in being able…
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