What is Long Term Athlete Development(LTAD)?
Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Framework supports the four goals of the Canadian Sport policy:
- Enhanced Participation
- Enhanced Excellence
- Enhanced Capacity
- Enhanced Interaction.
Athletes who progress through the stages of LTAD experience instruction, training and competition in programs that have been developed in consideration of their specific biological and developmental needs.
What does LTAD mean for Gymnastics in Canada?
- Gymnastics is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a Foundation Sport. Gymnastics participation is crucial to the development of fundamental movement patterns and fundamental sport skills that contribute to physical literacy. All children should have the opportunity to participate in gymnastics. Universal access to gymnastics programs can only be ensured by integrating gymnastics activity into the education systems in Canada.
- LTAD is a framework for the optimal development of gymnasts of all ages, interests and abilities and in all the disciplines of gymnastics. It provides a structure for national/provincial program design, for club program design and for coach education. It ensures that all gymnastics participants have the opportunity to reach their potential, and that Canada is continually represented on World and Olympic podiums.
- LTAD is a vehicle for change in our organization. By understanding and respecting the principles of LTAD, we are in a better position to make sound decisions about the future directions of gymnastics in Canada. It allows us to fully realize the goals we have set and to live up to the mission we have established for GCG.