Who we are
The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement is affiliated with the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and offers high-calibre adapted physical activity programs for children, youth and adults experiencing disability.
The Steadward Centre’s vision is to be internationally recognized for supporting independence and inclusion of children, youth and adults living with impairments in their communities by inspiring:
- Vital achievements in personal fitness, motor skill development and athletic performance
- Meaningful, innovative and applied advancements in adapted physical activity
- Passion for learning and discovery
- Excellence and leadership
To create, disseminate and apply knowledge of physical activity, athletic development and motor skill development specific to persons experiencing disability.
The Centre, originally called The Canadian Research and Training Centre for Athletes with Disability, was established by Dr. Robert D. Steadward, O.C., LLD (Hons) in 1978, as part of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta.
At its inception the facility was named the Rick Hansen Centre in recognition of the accomplishment of Rick Hansen and his Man in Motion World Tour.
In 2000 it was renamed The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement to honour its founder.
It was developed to provide athletes with physical disabilities, and their coaches, with technical information in the areas of
Our goals are to
- advance disability research,
- provide quality applied learning experiences for students
- and offer world class fitness and physical activity programming for children, youth and adults experiencing disability
In doing so we hope to enable Albertans living with impairment to experience an increased quality of life.
Our Edmonton site is located in the Van Vliet Centre, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta
We are grateful for the work and generous support of our valuable partners:
Where to find us
The Steadward Centre is located on the University of Alberta's North Campus in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Steadward Centre
W1-67 Van Vliet Centre
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
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University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H9