Long Term Athlete Development

Canadian Sport 4 Life and Long Term Athlete Development Model

The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model 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 model 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).