The limits at which Olympic and Paralympic athletes compete is impressive, and a source of inspiration. In Canada, there's the established Canadian Sport for Life movement, that aims to improve the quality of sport and physical activity from childhood through adulthood across the country. Canadian Sport for Life features a seven-stage long-term athlete development (LTAD) program to support recreational sport and physical activity participation for all Canadians, with two more additional stages for those with disabilities. They also help Canadians succeed at the provincial and international level in sport. Whatever life stage you're at, the LTAD has a pillar to fuel your inspiration! For example, whether your child has Olympic or Paralympic ambitions or not, the first three stages represent a good starting foundation for all children.
These pillars are:
- Active Start- focuses on unstructured active play
- FUNdamental- focuses on acquiring fundamental movement skills while having FUN!
- Learn to Train- focuses on transforming fundamental movement skills into fundamental sport skills
These first stages are important for developing physical literacy, and don’t focus on competition or specialization!
After watching our Canadian athletes compete this winter, you may be feeling inspired to get active yourself! Do not fear if you didn't get to experience the Active Start and FUNdamental stages in your childhood. 'Active for Life', focuses on lifelong participation in recreational or competitive sport and long-term physical activity participation. Remember the old saying "it’s never too late to start", and what a better way to begin than with Winter Olympic and Paralympic activities you can do from home!
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