Ten Pillars of Support

LTAD is not just about developing athletes – it is about developing the sport and recreation system in which Canadians become athletes or build their capacities to participate in lifelong activity. To help athletes with disabilities reach their potential, 10 “pillars of support” have been identified.

With the proper coaching, services, administration, and sport and recreation programming in place, athletes with disabilities can optimize their long-term development. Optimal development means optimal success – whether that is achieving medal performances in competition or simply enjoying the rewards of regular physical activity for a lifetime.

Sport and recreation organizations need to answer the needs of athletes with disabilities at each stage of development. The following ten “pillars of support” ensure athletes with disabilities reach their optimal level of development:

  1. Coach Education
  2. Competition
  3. Funding
  4. Equipment
  5. Facilities
  6. Training Partners
  7. Sport Science
  8. Officials
  9. Athlete Support
  10. Talent Development