Introduction to Levels of Sport

Recreational

An athlete who demonstrates the following:

  • Utilizes program equipment to participate
  • Learning basic rules and sport techniques
  • Emphasis is on skill development and sport education
  • Participating at entry level, not yet competing at local level
Developmental

An athlete who demonstrates the following:

  • Understands basic rules and techniques of the sport
  • Is pursuing purchase of or has their own equipment, if equipment is applicable
  • Is participating in a structured on-going training program (as opposed to “open gym)
  • Is competing at a local level or higher
Emerging

An athlete who demonstrates the following:

  • Is becoming more focused on one or two sports
  • Is competing at local, regional and/or national level
  • Performance is result-orientated
  • Meets/exceeds designated emerging standard for particular sport
  • Is pursuing purchase of or has their own equipment, if equipment is applicable
  • Is participating in a structured on-going training program
  • May be invited to compete in regional events or national team events
National Team

An athlete who demonstrates the following:

  • Meets/exceeds designated performance criteria for national team nomination
  • Has their own equipment, if equipment is applicable
  • Is competing at a national and international level
  • Is single sport focused
  • Selected to represent country at international competitions
Paralympic Podium

An athlete who demonstrates the following:

  • Achieves sustained competitive excellence at highest levels of the sport
  • Utilizes program equipment o participate
  • Training is focused on medals/podium finish

What are the Paralympics?
The “Para” in Paralympics means equal or parallel to the Olympic games, and is held immediately after each Olympics, featuring 27 different sports (22 summer and 5 winter). The Paralympic games are sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Athlete Composition: There were 4,302 athletes from the 162 countries represented at the Paralympic summer games of 2012

Disabilities Represented:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Visual impairment
  • Cerebral palsy (and related conditions)
  • Intellectual disability
  • Amputations
  • Les autres

 

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