About The Steadward Centre

Adapted Physical Activity AND Para sport Development Leaders

Who We Are

The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement team has expertise in Adapted Physical Activity and Para sport development, annually serving more than 1,000 children and adults experiencing disabilities and training more than 250 students. As part of the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, the centre's research and education focus allows it to deliver innovative programs and share proven expertise with community fitness and sport leaders across Alberta.


To facilitate Adapted Physical Activity and Para sport opportunities for everyone.


Foster community and individual achievement and excellence in Adapted Physical Activity and Para sport by applying innovative research, widely sharing our expertise and delivering quality programs, with and for, individuals experiencing disability.

Core Values

Embodied ways of knowing
We believe that living with an impairment is best understood by those living with an impairment. They are the experts.

We believe we are only as strong as our relationships — within our team, with our partners and with our members.

We believe more can be accomplished in partnership than alone.

We believe that sharing our insights and perspective can provoke new ways of thinking, spark discussion and inspire action.

We believe that asking questions and learning from others allows us to constantly improve and grow.

Adapted Physical Activity and Para sport development should be available to all who choose to participate.

Key Priorities for 2021-2024
  1. Communicate TSC’s mandate, values and Adapted Physical Activity and Para sport program offerings to the community.
  2. Build TSC’s partnership framework and engagement strategy.
  3. Strengthen TSC’s financial position through increased multi-year funding.
  4. Develop consistent TSC program evaluation framework to conduct ongoing research and impact assessment.
  5. Develop and deliver quality Adapted Physical Activity and Para sport programming for adults, youth and children experiencing disability that meet current needs and priorities.

Adapted Physical Activity and Para Sport Development Leaders

In 2016, The Steadward Centre opened a brand new facility with 17,000 square feet of space for Adapted Physical Activity and Para sport development programs. Check out some pictures of The Steadward Centre below!