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Sport for Life introduces Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee

Sport for Life is proud to announce the inauguration of an internal Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) committee. In alignment with its vision for everyone to have the opportunity to participate in quality sport and physical literacy experiences, Sport for Life’s EDIA committee will drive discussion and advancement for under-serviced groups in sport and…
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Sport for Life maps out eLearning ambitions

As organizations worldwide contemplate how the outbreak of COVID-19 has affected their work and their futures, many are now embracing new technologies and innovations that don’t require face-to-face interaction. Though some sport and physical activity environments across the country remain closed, Sport for Life has taken this opportunity to double-down on its digital deliveries, funneling…
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A Brief History of Sport for Life

He wondered if they could turn their ideas into pictures. In the early 1990s, while Richard Way was working as a coordinator of coach education for the B.C. government, he encountered the visionary work of Istvan Balyi, a defected Hungarian sport pioneer. Balyi had been brought to the west coast by Bob Bearpark of the…
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Red Deer Minor Baseball innovates during pandemic

Why have only one baseball diamond when you could have four? This was the question the Red Deer Minor Baseball Association (RDMBA) asked themselves as their board was working on further implementing Sport for Life’s Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity framework into their organization. Following the concept of Kaizen, which means continuous improvement,…
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Softball Canada activates Long-Term Player Development at grassroots level

It’s not always easy for parents and coaches to understand. Softball Canada was one of the earliest adopters of Sport for Life’s concept of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD)*, which the national sport organization used as the inspiration behind its own sport-specific Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) framework. The organization has made it the basis of its…
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Kimberley embraces physical literacy

[caption id="attachment_14534" align="alignleft" width="500"] Shenoa Runge with her son[/caption] The small mountain town of Kimberley, B.C. is known for its epic wilderness, its skiing opportunities and the local hockey team. It’s a cultural hub of the Kootenays, with a tight-knit community that is fiercely proud of their home. But due to its size and location,…
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Colin Higgs and the relentless infusion of inclusion

Colin Higgs’s life was about to change. The Memorial University professor was working in his office in 1979 when there came a knock at the door: three world-class athletes were looking for his help. Still in the early years of his career, he was beginning to develop a reputation for his work in biomechanics, sport…
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Dr. John Cairney explores impact of pandemic on physical literacy delivery

There’s no disputing the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted traditional models of sport and physical activity delivery, but according to Dr. John Cairney that’s not necessarily a bad thing. During a webinar in early June that he delivered in collaboration with Sport for Life that drew nearly 1000 registrants from around the world,…
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The PL4C-BC project supports Indigenous communities

As the Physical Literacy for Communities - British Columbia (PL4C-BC) initiative rolls out across the province, leaders from Sport for Life have been theorizing the best way to approach and collaborate with Indigenous participants.  In 2019 they began work with two Indigenous communities, and word began to travel. When four more Indigenous communities applied the…
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Engage Sport North activates physical literacy initiatives during pandemic

She saw it as an opportunity. Mandi Graham is the executive director of Engage Sport North, an organization that promotes physical literacy across a broad swath of northern B.C. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to isolate at home, she knew her organization would have to innovate in order to keep people active. She also…
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Sheldon Kennedy inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

First he became a household name as one of the country’s most talented hockey players, then he pivoted into a new role as an advocate against sexual abuse, maltreatment and bullying. Now Sheldon Kennedy is being recognized with the Order of Sport Award and inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, in recognition of over…
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