Physical Literacy Summit

Written by admin, March 17, 2016

March 16, 2016 – Design Ways to Help Kids and Adults Master Active Living Skills for Life
Educators, Sport and Recreation Providers Invited to Physical Literacy Summit on April 15 & 16

What is Physical Literacy?
“Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” – The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014

Understanding what prevents many kids from remaining active as they grow up will be the focus of the upcoming Central East Physical Literacy Summit taking place April 15-16, 2016 in Peterborough.  The event starts Friday evening and resumes Saturday morning at the Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront.

The summit will explore and expand participants’ understanding of physical literacy. Running, hopping, kicking, catching and throwing are just some of the fundamental movement skills that children need to be physically literate.  Without the development of physical literacy, many children and youth withdraw from physical activity and sport.  “To stay active as we age, it’s important that we feel comfortable in any activity setting, and that comfort comes from feeling confident in our abilities to master fundamental movements,” said Eugene Todd, co-chair of the Central East Physical Literacy Project.

The Summit promises to be a terrific learning and networking opportunity for community sport and recreation leaders, elementary and secondary teachers, child and youth workers, early childhood educators, coaches, recreation programmers from municipal and not-for-profit groups, volunteers working with children and youth, health and health promotion professionals, post-secondary students and administrators.

The event is conference style, with delegates able to select four of 19 breakout workshop sessions over the two days.  There will be two notable plenary presentations by experts: Friday’s keynote speaker is Dr. Dean Kriellaars, associate professor at the University of Manitoba, and renowned physical literacy expert and advocate. He will also lead several of the breakout sessions.  Saturday’s plenary will feature Brandy Tanenbaum, program coordinator at the RBC First Office for Injury prevention, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on the topic of injury prevention, risk and resilience.

Early bird pricing ($64.20) ends March 24, and the cost for students to attend the summit is $32.40. Registration includes refreshments Friday night and Saturday morning, and light lunch on Saturday.

To register, click here or visit and search for “physical literacy 2016”. For more details, please contact Deanna Moher, Central East Physical Literacy Summit Coordinator at 705-772-8841 or

The summit is hosted by the Central East Physical Literacy Project (CEPLP), a collaboration of agencies from Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County funded by an RBC Learn to Play Project Grant.  Representatives from Peterborough Public Health, the City of Peterborough, the YMCA of Central East Ontario, and local school boards also serve on the CEPLP’s Leadership Committee.

RBC Learn to Play Project grants are funded by RBC and the Public Health Agency of Canada and delivered by ParticipACTION with support from Canadian Sport for Life.


For further information, please contact:
Claire Townshend
Healthy Kids Community Challenge Project Coordinator
Peterborough Public Health
705-743-1000, ext. 355