2018 Volume: Edition 11
Dear Sport for Life Champion,

We would like to share with you information about our 2019 Sport for Life Canadian Summit, as well as other opportunities and information that aim to improve the quality of sport and physical literacy!
2019 Sport for Life Canadian Summit Emcees
We are pleased to announce that  Kim St-Pierre , Olympic Gold Medallist, and  Ram Nayyar , National Coach for Badminton Canada's Para Program, will be our emcees during the Summit.

Kim St-Pierre helped Canada win gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, the 2006 Turin Olympic Games and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games in women's ice hockey. Kim also helped the national team win five gold and four silver medals at the World Championships.
Ram is currently the Head Coach for Badminton Canada’s Para Badminton Program, with previous experience as High-Performance Director and Head National Coach for Badminton Canada. He is also the Head Coach for the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, and a Master Learning Facilitator holding coach education workshops throughout Canada.

What's the Latest on Relative Age Effect?
by Paul Jurbala
Relative Age Effects (RAE) happen when younger and older children and youth are grouped, as in sport age groups and divisions. Typically those born earlier in the same year are bigger, stronger and more skilled, making them more likely to be selected for teams and ultimately giving them a sustained systemic advantage. Researchers recently gathered at York University for a RAE conference to read a summary of the latest research and implications for sport.

Physical Literacy Instructor Program Workshops Offered
in Ottawa, January 2019
The Sport for Life Society, Coaching Association of Canada, and HIGH FIVE® have come together to support recreation leaders, coaches and others in becoming a physical literacy instructor.

The Physical Literacy Instructor Program is a national, blended e-learning and in-person training experience that provides the opportunity to become a recognized physical literacy instructor.

Register for the workshop(s) you need to work towards becoming a Physical Literacy Instructor:


Direct any questions you have to Alex Wilson, Sport for Life Education and Evaluation Manager –  info@sportforlife.ca.

Promising Practices to Support Multisport Programming
by Jim Grove
When kids specialize early in one sport or activity, it doesn’t guarantee they will be successful athletes in the long term (Malina 2010). To the contrary, research has revealed that they tend to get injured more frequently, burnout, and quit (Jayanthi et al. 2013, Jayanthi et al. 2015, Fraser-Thomas et al. 2005). This is why many coaches and health professionals are now saying that we should promote multisport programming for kids, and the recent Play More Sports campaign focuses on this message. The challenge is to make multisport programming happen. 

2019 Motivate Canada's ViaYOUTH National Summit 
From January 20–22, 2019, Motivate Canada's ViaYOUTH National Summit will bring together up to 50 diverse youth between the ages of 18 and 26 from across Canada empowering delegates to make a difference in their communities through the power of sport and physical activity. Over three days, in the lead-up to the Sport for Life Canadian Summit at the Lac-Leamy Hotel in Gatineau, QC, youth delegates will embark on a journey of personal discovery while engaging in a national youth-led dialogue geared towards the sport sector’s future leaders.

Physical Literacy for Communities—British Columbia Initiative
Since the launch of the project in March 2018, Sport for Life has overseen the engagement and mentorship of nine regional applicants (from 22 applicants) representing a total of 30 communities across all five health authority regions. The selected applicants for 2018 were Prince George, Sooke-Westshore, Oceanside (Vancouver Island), North Shore (West Vancouver), Port Coquitlam, Langley, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, Cranbook, and Kimberley.

Sport for Life has created an extensive suite of online resources and educational materials and templates, and is providing ongoing professional development training so that each community's mentor is able to deliver relevant project workshops (e.g. Physical Literacy 101, Physical Literacy 201). Representation from multiple community partners (sectors) is key to the success of the project and a foundation for building local capacity and improving the level of physical literacy in the community. 

An additional eight communities will be selected to begin in March 2019.

Greg Henhawk Receives IG Wealth Management
National NCCP Coach Developer Award
Canada’s most deserving and influential coaches and sport leaders were honoured on November 9 at the 2018 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala. Among them was Greg Henhawk, who received the IG Wealth Management National NCCP Coach Developer Award . This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has gone above and beyond to inspire and develop NCCP coaches in their community. Please visit Coaching Association of Canada’s YouTube channel for vignettes of their inspiring stories.

Greg is Mohawk of the Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation in Southern Ontario. He has spent 31 years in education and has been coaching various sports for 41 years. Sport for Life Society has had the pleasure of working with Greg in the development of two national resources, including the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway and Aboriginal Communities: Active for Life . Greg is a Master Learning Facilitator for both workshops along with the Aboriginal Coaching Modules (ACM).

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. 
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