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CEC Announces Long Term Athlete Development Program

Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC) is pleased to announce the release of its Long Term Athlete Development program. This document is a framework for the Sport Climbing community: coaches, officials, facility operators, and administrators, to guide development of programs for all athletes, in both recreational and competitive settings.

The recommendations made here are the result of collaboration by Canada’s Sport Climbing experts, an initiative of CEC, Climbing Escalade Canada. CEC recognizes a need for greater continuity within the Sport Climbing community and the broader sport system to provide all of our athletes with an equal opportunity to achieve great results, whether in local events or at international levels. This is another giant step forward for Sport Climbing in Canada.

This Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework is intended to support grassroots operations and established organizations, as a tool to create a solid foundation for athlete development programs, and to maintain continuity within the sport nationwide. Ultimately the climber is the only participant that is accountable for their performance, yet it is the Sport Climbing community which sets the conditions for performance. We envision the LTAD as a way to better prepare our athletes for all competition formats.

This document is the foundation for athlete development in both recreational and competitive indoor climbing. Areas of focus include Bouldering, Speed and Difficulty. A focus on these three areas covers the current needs for indoor Sport Climbing in Canada. The Sport Climbing LTAD framework is a stage-based approach to athlete development, with eight stages from birth and early childhood through to high performance and lifelong participation.

It is our hope that this program be adopted, used and shared throughout the competition and recreational climbing community.

Special thanks to the following people and organizations for their contributions to this project; Silvia McBurney, Climb for Life program lead.

The LTAD NCCP working group; Patrick Labelle, Andrew McBurney, Chris Neve, Sebastian Powell, Kellen Tapley, Andrew Wilson, Maria Izquierdo Executive board member of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) and President of the Pan American Council Board, as well as Sean McColl Athlete Representative of the IFSC and professional sport climber.

Ontario Climb for Life coaches and Health Specialists participants, Dr. Ivy Cheng, Emergency Department Physician, Sports Medicine Specialist and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Dr. Yasser El Sheikh, Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon, Surgery of the Hand, Wrist and Peripheral Nerve, Lesley Lacny M.A. Psychologist, Ivan Miskiv Fitness, Robert Rupf Physiologist, Mathew Tee RMT.

Alberta Climb for Life coaches and Health Specialist participants, Morgan Alexander, 2006 Olympian in Bobsled, Performance Director and Revolution Human Performance, USA based Steve Bechtel of ClimbStrong and Jared Vagy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.

Provincial Sport Organizations: Sport Climbing BC, Alberta Climbing Association, Federation Quebeoise de la Montagne et de l’Escalade, Ontario Climbing Federation, Alpine Club of Canada and Sport for Life.

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