International Physical Literacy Conference

Conference aims to improve health and wellness of children

This month in Banff, the first-ever International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) is taking place.

From April 20 to April 23, experts from around the world will be gathering to share information on physical literacy.

Richard Way is president of the International Sport for Life Society, which is organizing the conference. He says that the IPLC is world’s largest gathering of leaders in the emerging field of developing physical literacy.

“Participants will be attending from around the globe to share best practices in an effort to improve health and wellness of children and to combat the negative trends of increased obesity and diseases related to inactivity,” said Way

The inaugural event will focus on three specific areas:

  • research on physical literacy
  • how to assess physical literacy
  • practical applications of physical literacy

The conference kicks off with a keynote address by author and slow movement proponent Carl Honoré. Other presenters include:

  • Margaret Whitehead, the UK-based professor who coined the term “physical literacy”
  • University of Alberta’s Vicki Harber
  • Richard Monette, editor-in-chief of Active for Life
  • Steve Norris, who has worked with Canadian Winter Olympic athletes and is an expert on long-term athlete development
  • And our very own Dr. Dean (Kriellaars)

Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy will be presenting a talk entitled “The Holistic Athlete”.

“Gathering together innovative academics and practitioners,” said Way, “will be an exciting first step to bring physical literacy to the same level of importance as literacy and numeracy.”

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