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Swimming Canada embraces transformative athlete development philosophy

Swimming is one of the most popular sports in Canada. For the last eight years our country has been routinely churning out Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have made a splash in the international scene. Much of this success stems from the work of John Atkinson, Swimming Canada’s Director of High Performance, who has been…
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Welcoming newcomers with quality sport

Starting over in a new country can be extremely difficult. That's why Sport for Life pitched the Building More Movement and Social Connection for Newcomers Project to the City of Victoria, as part of their annual Participatory Budgeting contest — spearheaded by our Senior Manager of Operations Kabir Hosein. If successfully selected, our organization plans…
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PLAYBuilder Q&A with Sport North Federation

Sport North Federation is dedicated to the development of sport at every level of participation in the Northwest Territories. Their Community Sport Development & Physical Literacy Engagement Facilitator Spider Jones recently connected with Sport for Life to talk about why his organization has decided to embrace the PLAYBuilder app to support their quality sport programming. …
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Canada Soccer puts athletes first

It’s about developing good people who contribute to their society. When Canada Soccer’s Manager of Development–Operations, Dave Nutt, thinks about the long-term development of athletes, his emphasis isn’t on finding the best dribbler or the most talented shooter; instead, he’s fixated on creating the right environment to foster social, emotional and mental health. As the…
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Quebec Rowing innovates with competition restructuring

Rowing is undergoing a cultural shift in Quebec. Until recently, there weren’t many opportunities for rowers under the age of 14. Competitions often required extensive and expensive travel, but didn’t provide athletes with meaningful match-ups or much time on the water. The Long-Term Development infrastructure required to provide quality sport experiences simply wasn’t there yet,…
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PLAY North Vancouver encourages community connection through physical literacy

When you attempt to put together a cross-sectoral working group of physical literacy advocates, sometimes you end up with allies you wouldn’t have expected. For JoAnne Burleigh of Vancouver Coastal Health, who has been spearheading Sport for Life’s Physical Literacy for Communities (PL4C) initiative across the North Shore of Vancouver, some of the most surprising…
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Introducing the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy Project

It’s one of the largest scale endeavours Sport for Life has ever embarked on — the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy Project — and when it’s completed it will have reached over 100 elementary schools in British Columbia. “This is a unique opportunity for us to prototype different professional development opportunities for teachers related…
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Table Tennis Canada develops meaningful competition

The national table tennis system has gone through some upheaval in recent years, with a new administration taking over in 2019. Facing a significant deficit and a tournament schedule that wasn’t working like they’d hoped, the new leadership decided to undertake a complete overhaul of their competition structure with the help of Sport for Life…
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