SIRC at the 2017 Sport for Life Canadian Summit

The Sport for Life (S4L) Canadian Summit will be taking place from January 24-26, 2017 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel in Gatineau-Ottawa and brings together leaders to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. The 2017 Summit will feature more than 70 sessions from upwards of 100 presenters. The theme for this year’s summit revolves around “Nurturing Excellence” delivered...Read more

AN INCLUSIVE SPORT STRUCTURE FOR CHILDREN TARGETING PERFORMANCE, PARTICIPATION AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

SIRC is pleased to be working together with Sport Canada to share current research on topics informing policy and promoting quality sport programming. This week we are sharing highlights of a recent article examining AN INCLUSIVE SPORT STRUCTURE FOR CHILDREN TARGETING PERFORMANCE, PARTICIPATION AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. Evidence-based policies for youth sport programmes . Côté, Jean; Hancock,...Read more

What I Wish I Knew Then – 5 Lessons Learned from a High Performance Athlete

Sport teaches us innumerable lessons. When I reflect on my own sporting journey, I cringe at some of the mis-steps I took as a younger athlete. This is not to say that today I’m past the point of making mistakes. Some of us are slow learners after all, and even those of us with years of experience under our belts can still get it wrong. Rather it is to highlight a few hard won lessons, offered as...Read more

IIHF U-20 World Junior Hockey Championship – Developing Talented Young Athletes

A holiday tradition is almost upon us, as the 2016 IIHF U-20 World Junior Hockey Championship (WJHC) will be held in Helsinki, Finland this coming December 26-January 5, 2016. The event has a long and illustrious history, as it was first officially held in 1977. Thanks to the success of hockey worldwide, the tournament has grown to feature 10 countries competing for gold, silver, and bronze. The...Read more

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN DEVELOPING ATHLETES.

SIRC is pleased to be working together with Sport Canada to share current research on topics informing policy and promoting quality sport programming. This week we are sharing highlights of a recent article examining COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN DEVELOPING ATHLETES . The influence of community on athletic development: an integrated case study. Balish, S., & Côté, J. (2014). Qualitative Research...Read more

Goal setting: A motivational tool to develop talent

Setting goals for any athlete creates a vision and sets a plan of what they hope to accomplish. Goals should be challenging but also realistic in order to keep the athlete motived. Writing them down ensures that the process is more effective since they are able to refer to objectives on a regular basis. Having short-term, medium-term and long-term goals allows an athlete to dream, develop...Read more

High school coach vs. the club coach

Organized sports played among youth participants are usually in the form of club sports or school athletic teams. It is also likely that those who participate in club sports are also members of their high school teams . Having the opportunity to represent your school at a city or provincial championship engenders a sense of school pride while creating a lasting bond among schoolmates. Clubs...Read more

Ontario Winter Games

While Canada’s winter Olympians have just finished competing in Sochi and our Paralympians on their way, this week it is the future of Canadian sport that will be on display in Muskoka, Ontario. From February 27th till March 2nd Ontario’s young athletes will be competing in a combination of indoor, outdoor, and para sports at the Ontario Winter Games . Starting in 1970 and taking place every two...Read more

Ontario Winter Games

While Canada’s winter Olympians have just finished competing in Sochi and our Paralympians on their way, this week it is the future of Canadian sport that will be on display in Muskoka, Ontario. From February 27th till March 2nd Ontario’s young athletes will be competing in a combination of indoor, outdoor, and para sports at the Ontario Winter Games . Starting in 1970 and taking place every two...Read more

Early or late specialization?

When you compare today's athletes to those from the past, you will notice that athletes of today tend to train pretty much all year round. Sports have become big business with a lot at stake and for this reason, the days of taking the summer off from playing hockey or any other professional sport and coming to training camp unfit are unheard of nowadays. This is the reality not only at the...Read more