Long-Term Athlete Development

Sport for Life and Long-Term Athlete Development Framework

The Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Framework for Deaf Sports will offer a barrier-free environment for d/Deaf[i] athletes. These athletes will become a part of the Canadian sport system, including the talent identification and development stages. The LTAD Framework will offer a better understanding of Deaf sports and athletes.

The slogan “Deaf Sports for Life” describes the belief that d/Deaf athletes should and will develop, compete, and represent Canada in the Deaflympics with pride just like their peers, who are involved in the Olympics, Paralympics, and Special Olympics; as well as maintain their healthy lives in Canada.

[i] athletes with 55 dB of hearing loss in the better ear (both deaf and hard of hearing).