2023 Volume: Edition 2

To our Sport for Life champions,


Our work routinely takes us places we’d never expect.


When you have a mandate to create change within the quality sport and physical literacy ecosystem, the work can take you basically anywhere in the world. Our organization started out as a Canadian endeavour, but as the years go by we find ourselves venturing further and further afield – sharing our vision of being catalysts for change to an increasingly global audience. 

In this eNewsletter, you can read about the impactful work being done in Trinidad and Tobago to develop physical literacy in their education system. We have a story about how the Sport for Life team did a tour of northern B.C. to track the progress of our Physical Literacy for Communities (PL4C) initiative, and six members of our team who self-identify as women came together to celebrate their relationship with physical activity and to honour International Women’s Day, which is coming up on Wednesday, March 8.

There are also three conference opportunities to read about, including our ongoing Sport for Life Summit coming up in multiple communities, the International Physical Literacy Conference in New York and a brand new professional development opportunity offered by The National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy in Rhode Island!

Sport for Life senior management team tours northern BC to observe physical literacy progress

This past month, Sport for Life CEO Richard Way traveled north alongside Senior Director of Physical Literacy Drew Mitchell to see firsthand the progress being made by the Physical Literacy for Communities (PL4C) initiative in places such as Prince George, Smithers, 100 Mile House and Telkwa.

“We’ve been hearing about all the great work being done by Engage Sport North (ESN) to mobilize PL4C, and we thought it was a great opportunity to see all they’ve accomplished so far while also hearing about their plans and dreams for the future,” said Way.

“We were fortunate to be the beneficiaries of some marvelous northern hospitality, and we had a great time getting to know our northern partners.”

>>Read more

Sport for Life honours International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is an annual celebration of the social, economic and cultural achievements of women, and a reminder of the ongoing push for equity.

This year Sport for Life decided to share stories from our team members that self-identify as women about the role physical activity has played in their lives, and the inspiration they draw from other women in the sport and physical activity ecosystem. 

In their own words, here are their stories. 

>>Read more

Trinidad and Tobago runs with physical literacy culture change

For most people in Trinidad and Tobago, physical literacy is still a foreign concept – it’s only in recent years that it became part of their national conversation, thanks primarily to the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) and the National Gas Company. But now the entire country is about to be introduced to it, as the country’s Ministry of Education has made the lofty goal of introducing physical literacy leaders into all 403 of the schools in their dual-island nation.

One of the first steps in that process was kicked off in December, when Sport for Life facilitators Kabir Hosein and Tracy Lockwood flew down to the Caribbean to host three days of training with educators and coaches who were already proficient in physical activity instruction. Their role was to train this group as physical literacy leaders, giving them the necessary skills and resources to train others and access to the physical activity curriculum platform PLAYBuilder.

>>Read more

100 Mile House mobilizes PL4C

They’ve put together an eclectic team.

When the community of 100 Mile House assembled their first partner table as part of the Physical Literacy for Communities (PL4C) initiative, it began with a trio of basketball coaches, a representative of the local soccer association, two members of a toddler play program, and an elementary school teacher.

Soon to join their ranks are an athletic director of a provincial sport organization, two principals, a former mayor and even a pastor.

>>Read more

Three Sport for Life webinars coming in March

It’s webinar season at Sport for Life. 

Join us throughout the month of March to hear from our Quality Sport Division, and to learn about representation in sport and physical activity with our Physical Literacy for Communities team. Click on the title of each webinar to register:  

We look forward to seeing you at one of our webinars in the near future!

Summit continues tour of Canadian cities

Following the success of our Ottawa Sport for Life Summit, communities across Canada are preparing to host the next iteration of our signature annual event.

With keynotes Farhan Lalji and Hayley Wickenheiser sharing their message, and countless opportunities to learn and share, it promises to be an event to remember. This year’s theme is Thriving Through Changing Times.

The Summit will be hosted in:

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, hosted by General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres - February 25
  • Calgary, Alberta, hosted by the Centre for Newcomers - February 24-25
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, hosted by PHE Saskatchewan - March 29
  • Montreal, Quebec, hosted by Reseau Accès Participation, Sport'Aide, Réseau des unités régionales de Loisir et de Sport and Champions for Life - March 29-30
  • St. Catharines, Ontario, facilitated by Ridley College - March 30-31
  • Richmond, British Columbia, hosted by Richmond Oval - April 4
  • Prince George, British Columbia, hosted by Engage Sport North - April 14-15
  • Campbell River, hosted by PLAY Campbell River - April 28-29

For more information visit Sport for Life Summit.

Register now: IPLC 2023 in New York

Hosted in partnership with New York Road Runners and Physical Literacy for Life, the International Physical Literacy Conference 2023 is taking place in New York City on May 2-5.

Join experts from around the world to learn about best practices in program design, implementation and evaluation for developing physical literacy.

Physical literacy is important to every sector, and each sector has a role to play in ensuring everyone has the opportunity to develop it.

For more information on physical literacy, please visit sportforlife.ca/iplc.

Physical literacy summit coming to Rhode Island in March

Are you ready to chart a new course?

The National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy (NAHPL) is preparing to host their first ever Summit from March 6 to 9, 2023 at the Newport Marriott in Rhode Island.

Organizers hope to create an opportunity for professionals within the health and physical literacy sectors to come together, network, and brainstorm ways to mobilize into the future. Its theme will be “Charting the Course”.

>>Learn more

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. 

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