What is Long Term Athlete Development?
Long term athlete development (LTAD) is a concept that has evolved through recognition that there are gaps in athlete development, talent identification, athlete recruitment and athlete retention in the Canadian sport system. LTAD is a planning tool for optimal performance for all stages of athlete development. It is based on empirical data, practical coaching experiences and scientific principles and is a framework for full sport system alignment in Canada, integrating health and education with sport and physical activity.
(Anne Merklinger, CKC Director General).
OCSRA fully supports Long Term Athlete Development and many changes have been made to regatta race cards, Ontario Team carding and Ontario Team events in order to align ourselves with the concepts of LTAD. For further information please consult the two attachements below. The first is the Canoe Kayak Canada Long Term Athlete Development Plan (Canoe/Kayak specific) and the second is the Canada Sport for Life Parent's Guide which provides further information about LTAD in general.