Que ce soit au moment de considérer un changement mineur ou une modification au système dans son entier, il est fréquent pour une fédération nationale de sport de se sentir intimidée par ce type de défi. Une modification au système de compétitions peut évidemment devenir un long processus pour l’organisation.
L’organisation nationale de sport est convaincue qu’un changement au système de compétitions est nécessaire mais elle ne sait pas toujours pas où commencer, qui impliquer et comment procéder.
Il existe plusieurs théories sur le processus de changement et des documents de travail ont récemment été produits par un groupe de professionnels issus du monde du sport en tentant d’incorporer les principes fondamentaux du mouvement ‘Au Canada, le sport, c’est pour la vie’.
Over the past few months we have been working hard to plan the 2013 CS4L Summit, which will be held January 30 and 31, 2013 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau-Ottawa.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for posters and presentations, we are always blown away by the amazing work that people are doing across the country in terms of developing and implementing CS4L – LTAD principles into their programs and organizations! After reviewing them all we know there is something for everyone (sport, recreation, education and health) and that this is is the strongest lineup of presentations and speakers yet!
The Kamloops Sports Council held their second annual Sport for Life Conference on October 12 and 13. The theme of this year’s conference was Building the Foundation: “Active for Life,” supporting the Canadian Sport for Life values and vision.
Friday evening featured a pre-conference mixer with Scott Ackles. Scott is the CEO of ViaSport in British Columbia and brings many years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry, most recently as the general manager for the 2011 Grey Cup Festival and Championship, to the organization. Scott spoke of his experiences in the sport industry and highlighted the changes to sport delivery in British Columbia under ViaSport.
Saturday, the conference kicked off with a plenary presentation from Richard Way. Richard spoke about the Canadian Sport for Life principles and engagement and, in the afternoon, covered LTAD Competition Review and Restructuring. These breakout sessions covered all aspects of “Active for Life.”
As the 100,000 Canadian Sport for Life Champions campaign continues we are looking at new ways to inspire individuals to take action in their community. At this year's CS4L National Summit we will be launching the CS4L Messenger Program. The Messenger Program involves Champions, such as yourself, presenting to individuals, organizations or groups in your community about Canadian Sport for Life.
At the Summit we will be hosting Messenger Training sessions, which will provide you with all the tools, tips and tricks on how to deliver effective presentations on CS4L and physical literacy.
I was recently invited to provide comments on a discussion paper with proposals for a new Canadian Sport Policy (CSP). As someone immersed in the values and vision of CS4L, I am very concerned about what I have read.
With confusing and often vague language, the discussion paper fails, in my view, to clearly articulate a unifying, encompassing vision for quality sport in Canada. It also fails to leverage key initiatives occurring presently in Canadian sport, including but not exclusive to CS4L.
The implementation of CS4L and LTAD is not without its naysayers. The question is whether or not the naysayers are actually getting their facts straight.
Brian Lilley, columnist and blogger for the Sun newspaper chain, has written a blog post that attacks LTAD and CS4L concepts around competition in the ranks of children’s sport. Mr. Lilley makes a number of inaccurate statements that have stirred readers, most notably that LTAD “attempts to make sure there is next to no competition for children under 12”.
I have been actively involved in disability sport for the last 20 years, however its’ history is much longer. Parasport, began in Britain following World War II and internationally it slowly evolved from a focus on the specific disability and rehabilitation to sport. In the 1990s, National Sport Organizations (NSOs) were encouraged by the federal government to become inclusive by offering programs and services for elite athletes with disabilities. What did not happen is that in some cases this change was not mirrored at the Provincial / Territorial or community levels. A manifestation of this is perhaps the recognition that Canada has identified a top ten finish in the 2012 Paralympic Games as their goal. At prior Games Canada placed seventh overall in 2008 (Beijing), 3rd in 2004 (Athens), 3rd in 2000 (Sydney) and 7th in 1996 (Atlanta). So while a top ten goal is significant it’s not where we want to be. We want to be #1 and we think we can. But we can’t do it alone.
We would like to personally welcome you to the new Canadian Sport for Life website and now the new CS4L Blog. Over the past year together we have all made some big leaps in the CS4L movement. We have had the opportunity, with the support of B2Ten to start building the movement from “the bottom up” with our Actif pour la Vie / Active for Life initiative, we have entered the next phase of the movement – Phase 3: implementation, and we now have refreshed our website to make it more user friendly and are entering the world of social media with our Twitter account, Facebook page and now the blog.
The CS4L Blog will be an area for CS4L Champions – you – to interact with and learn from the Leadership Team as we talk about the great work that is happening in Canada, and around the world, and delve into our areas of expertise and hot button topics.