In sport, Canadians love two things:
1. Watching fellow Canadians step high on the podium and
2. Being really good at what they do.
The core to everything we do in the sport is Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD). It is a framework encompassing every element of snowboard, with the rider as the central focus. LTAD seeks to enable Canadians to step regularly on top of international podiums; due to the system supporting them, not because of exceptional performances.
LTAD gives Canadian snowboard the opportunity to identify support structure gaps. It also speaks to where we want to be, thus enabling us to adapt our infrastructure, and the program delivery, in order to provide the best opportunities to those who ride, whatever their motivation or stage of development. This may mean dramatically changing the way Canadian snowboard do things.
The key benefits of LTAD are:
1. everyone will see where they fit and what their role is
2. coaches will have a guide in the design of annual plans and programs
3. the whole sport will be able to understand what they need to do
4. stakeholders will know how to make decisions that benefit the long-term development of athletes
LTAD recognizes that clubs are central to the long-term development of riders, while there are huge array of other stakeholders that all hold share in our riders’ success and enjoyment in snowboarding.
LTAD recognizes that the windows of trainability in developing athletes are central to the long-term improvement of snowboard performance. Training the right components at the right stage of development is crucial for success of all athletes from beginning free riders to World Cup racers.
The competitive nature of sport implies that only a few riders will achieve the level to be in elite programs by the time they reach senior level. However, it should be remembered that LTAD is not just an elite model; rather it provides a solid foundation for all riders at all ages and levels, allowing long term participation, enjoyment and achievement.
Let’s celebrate the best and cheer on the rest.