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Being Inspired By the Olympics and Paralympics

February 20, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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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!

References and resources:

Canadian Sports for Life: Long Term Athlete Development 7 stages
Winter Olympic Games: 2014 Event Schedule
Winter Paralympics Games: 2014 Event Schedule

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Inspire a Generation and Take Action this Summer Olympics
Athlete or inspired by the Summer Olympics!

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Travis Barker, MPA GCPM

Posted on Thursday February 20, 2014 a 1:30pm

“2014 Special Olympics Summer Games are coming to Vancouver BC, on July 8th-12th, 2014!”

The 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games are coming to the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, BC on July 8th-12th, 2014. Taking place every four years, this is the first time the National Games will be held in British Columbia in over 20 years. Twelve territories and provinces in addition to over 1,000 volunteers are anticipated to help make the National Games a great success. Three additional sports are included in this national event to total 11 sports held at the games.

We congratulate the athletes and coaches who qualified for the Team BC 2014 Training Squad. Representing Vancouver, BC:
• Annabelle Davis,
• Daryl Dickinson,
• Elton Lee,
• Pat Johnson,
• Alexander Pang,
• Lenn Zhang,
• Jacky Law,
• Jeff Leung,
• Shane Carr,
• Nelli-Jo Kurta,
• Rahim Adatia,
• Jan Mareels, and
• Gerry Jamie Kennedy!

Seven sports will be held on the UBC Campus: Athletics, basketball, bocce, rhythmic gymnastics, softball, swimming, and powerlifting. Another four sports will be held off campus and includes: Golf, 10-pin bowling, soccer, and 5-pin bowling.

The Team BC Training Squad 2014 are actively preparing for the games at their Local’s training camps for soccer, aquatics, gymnastics, athletics, basketball, and softball in addition to athletes preparing in their sports programs located at sites throughout the Province.

A page on the main provincial website has been created to post daily results during the competition and can be viewed here

Questions in British Columbia regarding the 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games within the Vancouver Local (in the City of Vancouver) questions can be directed to Travis Barker, MPA GCPM at

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Healthy Families BC

Posted on Thursday February 20, 2014 a 4:27pm

Thank you for letting us know the 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games are coming to Vancouver BC. We're excited to support and watch our BC athletes compete so close to home!


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