2018 Volume: Edition 8
Dear Sport for Life Champion,

In this newsletter, we would like to share with you a number of initiatives, projects, events, and resources that aim to improve the quality of sport and physical literacy!
Building Resilience in Your Athlete: An Introductory Webinar
What do LeBron James, Misty May-Treanor and the Seattle Seahawks have in common? They all practice mindfulness, to improve their game and their personal resilience. Whether you’re an athlete, coach or sport leader, your ability to take stress in stride, persist through obstacles and stay focused under pressure can be the difference between success and failure, satisfaction or grim determination. This webinar will introduce how mindfulness builds resilience in sports—and in life.

In this webinar, participants will learn more about: mindfulness as an attentional skill set, how mindfulness boosts your capacity to stay resilient, mindfulness and sport: the mental game, short experiential mindfulness exercise, and how to access mindfulness resources.

The Impact of Quality Sport Programming in Bahamian Judo
I n October 2015, Sport for Life was engaged by the  Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees  (CANOC) – in partnership with the  International Olympic Committee  (IOC),  Olympic Solidarity , and the  Canadian Olympic Committee  (COC) – to advance the level of technical knowledge and performance of sport systems in six member nations (Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, and Trinidad and Tobago). The Bahamas Judo Federation's (BJF) p rogramming is a great example of how quality sport can change the world of young people and develop excellence. While using Long-Term Athlete Development strategies, the BJF has created a program that successfully develops world-class athletes and role models for its nation. 

A Workshop Toward Truth and Understanding
The complete history of the land known as Canada is rarely told. Most Canadians never learn the history of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, peoples from an Indigenous perspective, which is why the KAIROS Blanket Exercise TM is so important. The Blanket Exercise consists of trained facilitators leading participants through an experiential workshop on pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance in order to provide an understanding of the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The Importance of a Multisport Approach
A multisport approach is advocated by many prominent researchers (e.g. Dr. Joe Baker and Dr. Jean Coté) and it has recently captured the attention of the media.

Watch this video clip outlining the importance of multisport participation on CBC’s The

A few of the bigger sport organizations have created a public service announcement highlighting the benefits of multisport participation. And of course, Active for Life continues to promote multisport to parents.

These positions align and are consistent with at least three of the Long-Term Athlete Development 10 Key Factors including 1) Physical literacy 2) Specialization and 3) Mental, Cognitive, and Emotional Development .
In the upcoming months and in collaboration with sport partners, Sport for Life Society plans to facilitate conversations with a call to action, recognizing that for change to take place (e.g. more quality multisport programs and opportunities) many groups must work together. What is the best way forward? The following events are scheduled to move to action and change through effective dialogue and decisions:

3)     2019 Sport for Life Canadian Summit multisport session   – Stay tuned for more information on the program!
International Physical Literacy Conference 2019
We are excited to announce the International Physical Literacy Conference 2019 (IPLC 2019), “Moving Forward Together,” will be hosted in Winnipeg, Canada on May 7-10. Join us as leaders from across the globe share best practices and research to advance the worldwide physical literacy movement. The conference will have exciting new topics attractive to a variety of sectors:

  • Physical Literacy as a Fundamental Human Right
  • Physical Literacy Across the Life Course
  • Physical Literacy for Health
  • Physical Literacy – Strive to Inclusivity
  • Communities and Schools from a Physical Literacy Perspective
  • Physical Literacy – A Pursuit for Lifelong Adventure

You can submit a presentation abstract , including poster presentations, beginning September 3 . Call for abstracts and posters will close on October 26 .
Early-bird registration will also open September 3 .
To learn more about IPLC 2019, check out the newly launched IPLC website at iplc.info .

Physical Literacy for Communities video
In an effort to bring further awareness and knowledge of physical literacy into communities accross Canada, Sport for Life has developed a physical literacy video as a first acquaintance to the concept. The video touches on the three mains factors contributing to physical literacy: competence, confidence and motivation, along with some staggering statistics surrounding health and physical activity. The video showcases opportunities for incorporating physical literacy into a variety of sectors as well as a diverse range of populations, and finishes by offering a call to action for its viewers.

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. 
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