More About Active for Life

The Active for Life stage of LTAD provides lifelong opportunities in sport and recreation for all Canadians. There are two streams of sport and physical activity within Active for Life: 

Competitive for Life, where participants may not be destined to go to the Olympics or the World Cup or Wimbledon, but they still want to compete at a relatively high level in competitive sport leagues at the community or regional level. 

Fit for Life, where participants are certainly not planning to compete at the Olympics or the World Cup or Wimbledon, and they don’t even want to compete at the community or regional level. They simply want to develop and maintain their physical fitness with enjoyable physical activity at the recreational level. 

Participants in the Active for Life stage are served primarily by community sport clubs, recreation centres, and programs offered through schools, colleges and universities. 

Active for Life is also about retaining retired athletes in support roles within the sport system. They are invaluable to providing support to new generations of athletes and participants as coaches, officials, and sport administrators.

Some may even adopt important strategic roles as policy makers in government, corporate sponsors, health practitioners, educators or recreation professionals.   

With the Active for Life stage, we see that sport and physical activity is not something that only elite athletes pursue. Active for Life reflects the recognition that sport and physical activity plays a critical role in promoting the wellness of all Canadians, and nurturing the health of our communities and the nation as a whole.

General considerations during Active for Life

  • Welcome new participants at any age.
  • Apply sport experience to life skills.
  • Provide a positive environment in order to encourage lifelong physical activity.
  • Provide ongoing community programming for all ages and abilities.
  • Provide a balance between participation and competition.
  • Provide programs for athletes with disabilities.
  • Provide opportunities to:
    • move from one sport to another. For example, the gymnast becomes an aerial skier, the sprinter takes up bobsledding, or the 12-year-old basketball player discovers canoeing.
    • move from one aspect of sport to another. For example, the middle distance runner becomes a guide runner for blind athletes or the cyclist rides tandem at the Paralympic Games.
    • move from competitive sport to recreational activities such as hiking and cycling.
    • move from highly competitive sport to lifelong competitive sport through age group competitions such as Masters Games.
  • Provide opportunities for retired competitive athletes to move:
    • to sport-related careers such as coaching, officiating, sport administration, small business enterprises, or media.
    • from competitive sport to volunteering as coaches, officials, or administrators.

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