Long Term Athlete Development

Athlete, Powerlifting

Not just for adults, Special Olympics has developed a model for our athletes that ensures their physical well-being is nurtured from a very young age onward. With our initiatives for young athletes, as well as our programs and services for adults, we have become a well-respected organization in the athletic field. Acting as a framework for those who choose to stay active for life in community or recreational programs, or those who seek to reach the podium in competitive training programs, the Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD) guides the physical literacy of each individual with an intellectual disability, including those as young as two. Special Olympics Canada uses the same LTAD model as sport organizations across Canada.

Learn more about our programs for young athletes: Active Start (ages 2-6) and FUNdamentals (ages 7-12).