Programs & Registration

The Steadward Centre has five main program areas: Adult Fitness and Recreation (AFR), Athlete Development for Parasport, Community Exercise Transition, Free2BMe, and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). A brief description of each program area is available below, and the current program guide outlining all of our specific programs is available here.

Adult Fitness and Recreation (AFR)

Our adult programs are designed to promote, foster and assist participants in becoming independent, self-determined individuals with the confidence to be physically active and fully-engaged in their communities.

We provide structured, individual and group exercise programs for adults living with impairment under the supervision of Adapted Physical Activity Consultants and Certified Personal Fitness Trainers, in a supportive, welcoming and inclusive environment.

In offering these programs, our primary goals are:

  • To assist participants to become knowledgeable and confident with respect to their fitness and lifestyle needs
  • To assist participants to take their new skills into the community
  • To increase independence, foster self-determination and promote inclusion for people experiencing disability through physical activity to encourage them to live healthy, productive, fulfilling lives.

Athlete Development for Parasport

Our Athlete Development programs focus on engaging individuals experiencing disability who currently participate in sport to increase their current fitness levels. The Athlete Development for Parasport programs accomodate individuals participating in recreational sport through to high performace sport. With the creation of The Steadward Bears Para-swimming Team and Para-athletics Team, the Athlete Development for Parasport program has expanded to include qualified coaches to support in the development of competitive sport skills for individuals experiencing disability.

Free2BMe

We provide physical activity and fitness opportunities for children and youth from 4 to 19 years of age who live with physical, sensory or developmental impairments. Free2BMe programs develop skills and knowledge towards health and wellness while asserting autonomy and independence in a fun and social environment. Medical referrals are not necessary to participate in our programs.

Our Free2BMe programs are:

  • Led and supervised by staff trained in Adapted Physical Activity
  • Adapted for individual needs and goals
  • Offered in a fully equipped, children/young-people friendly facility

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a technique by which electrical currents are applied to nerves supplying paralysed or weakened muscle through electrodes placed on the surface of the skin (transcutaneous). This current delivers the necessary stimulation to elicit a muscle contraction with the purpose of providing functionally useful movements which can aide in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.

The Steadward Centre FES Exercise Program offers four forms of FES-assisted physical activity: FES Leg Cycling, FES Arm Cycling, Combined FES Arm and Leg Elliptical, and FES Rowing. Programs exist within The Steadward Centre, Saville Community Sports Centre, and the Don Wheaton YMCA.

Community Exercise Transition

Since 2008, The Steadward Centre Community Exercise Transition program has worked closely with community fitness/recreation centre partners to increase independence, foster self-determination and promote inclusion for people experiencing disability through physical activity, fitness and sport.

The Community Exercise Transition team works to support these goals through direct 1:1 service delivery in the community, conducting accessibility consultations, and providing presentations and inclusion workshops. We connect with community organizations, fitness facilities and researchers in the field regionally, provincially, and nationally to best meet the specific needs of each facility, community and individual.