Carolyn has worked in the Canadian Sport System for 30 years with mostly national, provincial sport organizations and other organizations involved in sport development. Currently she works with Sport for Life Society as the Director of Long-Term Athlete Development. In 2016 her eyes were opened to the need to do more and do better to deliver quality sport to underserved groups. Working with refugee children and families, she sees their RESILIENCE in adapting to their new home and the opportunities quality sport can provide in resettling and connecting in Canada.
Sport for Life - The Roots of Resilience
One of the most prevalent theoretical models of resilience identifies seven pillars upon which this critical youth capacity is built. Of those, four are routinely strengthened through participation in quality physical activity and sport, and the remaining three CAN be developed when children’s sport participation is delivered appropriately. This presentation will look at these building blocks of resilience and how each of the seven pillars can be optimized at each stage of child and youth development. It will explore the relationship between building resilience and an NSO’s Athlete Development Matrix.
The impact of building resilience will be highlighted through the eyes of Ahmed, a young Syrian refugee, and his mother Fatma, engaged in a quality sport program tailored to the needs of refugees and other newcomers to Canada.