Guest Speaker Bios:
Richard Way is an architect of Canadian Sport for Life and the Long-Term Athlete Development framework. As Senior Leader for the CS4L Leadership Team, he has provided development guidance to 56 National Sport Organizations in Canada. Internationally, he has lead program development in South Africa, England, Ireland, Sweden and the United States. Richard was the Director of Sport for Vancouver’s successful 2010 Bid Corporation, a former commission member of the International Luge Federation, and former executive of the Canadian Luge Association. Richard recently co-authored a book on Long-Term Athlete Development for Human Kinetics.
Dr. Dean Kriellaars is a faculty member of the School of Medical Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the Spinal Cord Research Centre and a scientist of the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. As a member of the Leadership Team, Dr. Kriellaars is the creator of the PLAY tools and is a physical literacy expert. Dr. Dean works in rehabilitation and high-performance sport. He has travelled across Canada, to speak with health care professionals, coaches, trainers, and educators about physical literacy and healthy lifestyles, and has pioneered programs that have been adopted nationwide. For well over a decade, Dr. Dean has worked extensively in the field of physical literacy. He sees firsthand the necessity of being active – in a healthy lifestyle sense, but also in terms of how we implement the notion of physical literacy.
Dr. Doug Gleddie is a husband and father who also happens to be an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta (Elementary Physical Education). In a career filled with change, the only true constants have been physical education / literacy, working with kids and, how joy fills the spaces in between. Although it took him a while to fully embrace this epiphanal thought, the journey itself has enabled Doug to work with a wide variety of people and organizations across Canada and around the world. Doug is currently researching narratives of movement and physical education as well as exploring the affective aspects of physical literacy. He takes care of his own wellness by being active with his family; improving his guitar picking and; seeking new challenges each day. Visit Doug’s blog at www.purposefulmovement.net
SAVE THE DATE SEPTEMBER 18TH & 19TH for the
Physical Literacy & Sport For Life Summit
*Friday, September 18th 5-7pm & Saturday September 19th 8am to 5pm
Dr. Dean Kriellaars
Keynote: Physical Literacy Research to Practice Now more than ever, physical literacy is being recognized as an important component of best practices in the sport, recreation, health and education sectors within Canada. You will leave with a solid understanding of what physical literacy is and knowledge of how you can encourage continual improvement and development of physical literacy skills across the lifespan
Physical Literacy for Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention This instructional and active session will present evidence based ‘movement preparation’ approaches to minimize injuries in athletes. The foundation of movement preparation drills is physical literacy and studies have shown them to be superior to standard dynamic warm ups for reducing injury as well as maximizing performance.
Running Away from the Circus In this session we will look at circus arts as a means to provide a physical literacy enriched environment. Recent research studies on using circus approach for physical education instruction in grades 4 and 5 will be discussed.
Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth This session will provide an overview of the Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY) Tools. These tools can be used to help us understand the factors that can be modified to improve the overall activity level of Canadians, leading to healthier, disease-free lives. If we don’t measure it – it isn’t important. Application of the PLAY Tools will help to position physical literacy on an equal footing with literacy and numeracy.
Dr. Doug Gleddie
Supporting Student Physical Literacy Journeys through Quality Physical Education We know that physical literacy is a journey, not a destination. As such, it is important to consider the role of physical education and the physical education teacher. Since PE in schools is the only intervention that ALL children can be assured of - how can we ensure maximum impact? How can we enhance, through quality physical education practice, the individual physical literacy journeys of our students? Let’s look together at how we can be advocates for children and be a part of their lifelong journey.
Developing Physical Literacy through Teaching Games for Understanding As children (and adults!) move along their physical literacy journey there are a number of “signposts” along the way. From a psychomotor perspective, individuals eventually move past acquiring and refining fundamental movement skills and begin to apply these basic skills to more complex and specific movements. Cognitively, individuals are ready to consider strategies, decision-making and team-work. Affectively, students are moving on a motivational continuum with steep curves and plateaus. All of these things happen in diverse and unique environments!
Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) can be a vehicle (like a bicycle!) to help individuals progress on their personal journey of physical literacy. Based on a student-centered approach, TGfU can be a productive way to engage, enhance and motivate learners.
Keynote: Why Development beats Winning – every time. Whether it’s school sport, youth sport or club sport, for some strange reason we are still debating the merits of focusing on winning versus development. To ensure the BEST experience for all kids and to benefit all levels of sport, we need to ditch the win at all costs.
Vs to And = Collaboration The structure of sport and physical activity in Canada creates an “us versus them” mentality. Organization versus organization; sport versus recreation; sport versus sport. The structure cause organization to all be competing for a piece of the pie – whether that pie be funding, quality coaches, administrators or support staff, or even athletes! What if we could change from “versus” to “and”? What does it look like when acrobatic sports work together to develop better all-around athletes, regardless of what sport those athletes end up with? What if Provincial Sport Organizations worked hand in hand with National Sport Organizations to align competition structures seamlessly? What if school sport and club sport share resources?
Keynote: Sport Specialization The question of sport specialization – when to begin and how best to approach it – has been a topic of debate for years, and one that CS4L-LTAD has discussed at length. Though some have argued that early specialization in a sport is the only way to become an elite athlete, more and more research shows that late specialization in a sport (aside from artistic and acrobatic sports) better equips athletes to succeed at the highest levels. But it isn’t just late specialization that gives elite athletes the edge – it’s the way in which they train once they begin specializing.
Focusing on Quality Sport Sport and physical activity can be a powerful force for individual and social growth and development, or it can fall short. The Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) concept is based on the belief that ‘good’ sport and physical activity possess unique attributes enabling the development of healthy individuals. For CS4L, ‘good’ sport means sport delivered with a focus on the optimal holistic development of each individual by using a developmentally appropriate approach.
Optional Sunday September 20th 8:30 am to 4:30 pm NCCP-Fundamental Movement Skills Workshop
Note: This NCCP - FMS workshop is optional and has an additional cost. You will be prompted to register for this NCCP course after you purchase your summit pass.
Location: Grande Prairie Regional College located at 10726-106 Ave Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4C4
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Hotel Accomodations can booked through the Podollan Inn & Spa conveniently located just a short walk to GPRC. Hotel Cost $124 plus taxes (per night). Hot buffet breakfast included.
To book please call 780-830-2000 and give the Group Code GPRC09
Facilitators for Change!
The Grande Prairie Be Fit For Life Centre offers education, training and resources to uncover the steps YOU need to take in developing a sustainable, realistic healthy lifestyle.
GPRC is one of nine College/Universities in Alberta to host a Be Fit For Life Centre. The Alberta Be Fit For Life Network strives to be leaders in enabling self – responsibility among Albertans to be physical active where they live, work and play. This partnership with GPRC and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation has provided our region with a great resource centre for healthy living.
Each Be Fit For Life Centre develops local and regional partnerships, programs and services based on the needs and wants of their community and are funded by Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation via the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation.
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- Personal Training - One on One or Group, Gym or Home
- Health & Fitness Profile; We'll evaluate your current health & fitness to design an effective program specific to you
- Program Design for Gym or Home; A Health & Fitness profile plus a 1 hr personal training session
- Fitness Assessment; See what your current health & fitness levels are
- Body Composition; We'll tell you how you are measuring up these days
- Senior Fit Test; Measures functional mobility for those aged 60 - 94
- Weight Check-ups; Come weigh-in to help keep you on track
- Weight Room Tours; Take the mystery out of how to
get started in the weight room
- Fit Quest; An 8 week Fitness Challenge to improve your fitness levels
Health & Lifestyle Management Seminars / Workshops include these and more:
- Weight Management; A practical look at weight management
- Team Building; A great morale booster that allows people to see another side to their co-workers
- Health & Wellness; Includes goal setting, the 5 components of fitness, nutrition tips and myths
- Stress Management; Practical techniques to control stress that can be applied on a daily basis
- Motivation; Motivation techniques that will help keep the momentum going
- Nutrition on the GO; Our registered dietician helps guide you through the family meal planning maze
- Corporate Fitness Challenge; This fun 12 week challenge is designed to motivate your employees to meet their health and wellness goals
- Back Care; Learn the essentials of back safety that will help prevent injury and reduce back pain
- Lunch and Learns; Book your sessions over the lunch hour to encourage employee participation
- Yoga; improve flexibility, strength and posture
- Office Workouts; Let us show you how to incorporate fitness into your work day
- Intro to Boxing
Empower students through movement and move towards a healthy school commmunity! Move and Play through;
- Physical Literacy; Development of fundamental movement & sports skills
- Active Ate; Promotes a healthier lifestyle through nutrition education, behavioral change & physical activity
- Yoga Techniques for the Classroom; Incorporate the benefits of stretching and relaxation into the classroom
- B.A.S.E.C. Body; Basic fitness through Balance, Agility, Strength, Endurance and Core training
- Resistance Bands-Spiders & Shapes; Use resistance bands to get students moving, learning and having fun
- Fitness Classes & Assessments
- Staff Fitness & Wellness Programs; Lead by example with our staff fitness classes or incentive programs
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