Programs and Registration

The Steadward Centre has four main program areas

Adult Fitness and Recreation (AFR), Athlete Development for Para Sport, Free2BMe, and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

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 experiencing disability under the supervision of staff trained in Adapted Physical Activity and Certified Exercise Physiologists, in a supportive, welcoming and inclusive environment.

Athlete Development for Para Sport

Our Athlete Development for Para Sport program includes sport-specific training in two Para sports (swimming and athletics), physical conditioning and Para coach education workshops. Programs engage athletes experiencing disability who currently participate in recreational sport through to high-performance sport in the development of competitive sport skills. Led by experienced coaches, athletes receive individualized programs focused on the demands of each sport and the unique abilities of each athlete.


We support whole child development by providing physical activity and fitness for children and youth who are experiencing disability. With a focus on physical literacy, Free2BMe programs are designed to support participants in developing skills and knowledge towards active lifestyles while building choice and independence in a fun, social environment. Medical referrals are not necessary to participate in our programs. Free2BMe programs are led and supervised by staff trained in Adapted Physical Activity.

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

FES is a technique by which electrical currents are applied to nerves supplying paralyzed 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 that can aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and Type 2 diabetes.

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

Remote training

If you are interested in remote training, please reach out to Geneva Coulter ( for information about Para Sport training (Para Athletics, Para Swimming, strength and conditioning). Contact Hannah Tarasco ( for information about remote fitness and exercise training.


Spring/Summer 2024 Recreation Programs

Registration is open on April 2nd for all Steadward Centre programs. Browse our program list for more information and a list of all available courses.

If you have questions, please email or phone (780) 492-8339.

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