About The Steadward
for Personal & Physical Achievement
Goals and Objectives
Dr. Robert D. Steadward, O.C., LLD (Hon)
Board of Directors
Through the creation of a holistic
program and research environment utilizing a select group of fitness professionals,
researchers, and clinical professionals: to provide maximum opportunities for Albertans
with a disability to enhance their physical and mental well-being through individually
prescribed and group programs of physical activity, fitness-related medical interventions
and psychological services. And, through a diverse and carefully planned research program,
enhance knowledge in the area of fitness for persons with a disability, Adapted Physical
Activity and Sport Medicine for athletes with a disability. And, as a consequence of this
structure and process, assist Albertans with a disability in achieving maximum level of
physical and mental functioning and independence. And, to enhance public perception as
providers of excellent service and health-related opportunities for persons with a
The primary goal of The Steadward Centre is to provide adults with physical disabilities with opportunities to improve their
health, lifestyle, physical fitness and / or athletic performance. In an attempt to
accomplish this goal, the following objectives have been established:
- To provide regular fitness evaluations for adults with physical disabilities.
- To design and prescribe group and individual training programs based on the specific
needs, interests and abilities of each individual.
- To supervise and monitor group and individual programs.
- To design instructional and resource materials, equipment and techniques used in the
assessment and implementation of programs for adults with physical disabilities.
- To carry out research studies in the areas of fitness, sport training & conditioning
and motor performance for adults with physical disabilities.
- To expose students, coaches, teachers and other interested individuals to the most
up-to-date information available in the areas of sport and fitness for individuals with
- To promote fitness as an important component in the daily routine of adults with
Located in Edmonton, Canada at the University of Alberta, The Steadward Centre
for Personal & Physical Achievement provides fitness & lifestyle programs, instruction and research for people with
physical disabilities. The Centre is one of the research centres and units under the
auspices of the Faculty of Physical Education and
Originally known as the Research and Training Centre for Athletes with
Disabilities, The Centre was founded
by Dr. Robert Steadward, O.C., LLD (Hons) in 1978. It was originally developed to provide athletes with
physical disabilities and their coaches, with technical information in the areas of sport,
fitness and training. The Centre also provided a well equipped training facility for the
athletes. Following the Man in Motion Tour, the Centre was renamed the
Rick Hansen Centre as a tribute to Rick Hansen's achievement.
In November 2000, the Centre was renamed in tribute to its founder, and is
now known as The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement.
Presently, the Centre offers instructional programs and workshops in fitness,
lifestyle, and physical activity for groups and individuals who have a permanent physical
Over the past several years, The Steadward Centre has received significant financial
support from Alberta Lotteries and the Government of
Alberta through the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife
Foundation. The Steadward Centre also receives support from the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
at the University of Alberta and other granting agencies.
Please follow this link for a detailed profile of Dr.
Robert Steadward, O.C., LLD (Hon).
An agreement formalizing the relationship between the
Centre and the University was signed recently, whereby The Steadward Centre is overseen
a Board of Directors comprised of five community representatives and
four from the University.
Please click on a Board Member's name to see their profile.
Gary McPherson, LLD (Hon), President
Dr. Robert Steadward, Honourary President
Dr. Gerry Glassford, Secretary
Dr. Michael Mahon, Dean, Physical Education and Recreation
Dr. Louis Francescutti, Director
Mr. Rick Gingras, Director
Judge J. Bradford Kerby, Director
Ms Aiko Lawrie, Director
Dr. David Magee, Director
Mr. Neil Pierce, Director
The Steadward Centre is an Accredited Fitness Appraisal Centre (AFAC) recognized by the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.
All full time fitness staff have graduated with a Bachelor of Physical
Education specializing in Adapted Physical Activity. The majority of fitness
staff members also hold a Certified Fitness Consultant (CFC) or Professional
Fitness and Lifestyle Consultant (PFLC) certification.