Looking for more ways to stay active?

Take a look at some of the resources our partners and others in the community are providing during this time. This list is a working document and is by no means exhaustive. Please reach out if you have any additional resources that should be added to the page.  

Last updated: September 7, 2020

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Online Training and Coaching

Let’s Play

  • Let’s Play is offering online adaptive physical activity sessions for kids with disabilities 12 and under.  These virtual sessions will provide a light medium workout during 30-40 minute sessions with activities and movements to support the development of physical literacy, good posture and a healthy heart.  Sport wheelchair not required.

Get in Motion

  • Get in Motion is a free telephone-based physical activity coaching for Canadian adults with physical disabilities. Users can connect with trained coaches through phone and/or video calls as frequently as they like.

COPSIN Webinars for Athletes and Coaches

  • Game Plan and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN) are offering a special series of monthly webinars for coaches and athletes only. This will give you an opportunity to connect, learn and provide you additional support during this time of physical distancing due to COVID-19. Register for the sessions that you are interested in as well as stay tuned for monthly updates on new topics.

Coaching Resources from viaSport

  • To support coaches during this time, viaSport has assembled a list of coaching resources and education opportunities. This includes NCCP online delivery, NCCP home study, CAC eLearning modules, and CAC Safe Sport Training.

Para Ice Hockey, Boccia, and Power Soccer Coaching Resources from SportAbility

  • To support coaches during this time, viaSport has assembled a list of coaching resources and education opportunities. This includes NCCP online delivery, NCCP home study, CAC eLearning modules, and CAC Safe Sport Training.

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

  • The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is hosting a number of virtual programs in June including Yoga, Dance, and Movement Therapy. Access is through Zoom and more information for interested participants can be found on their website.

SCI & U

  • SCI & U is a one-on-one coaching program to help Canadians with SCI lead healthy lives. You don’t need to leave home to participate and you don’t need to pay. It’s a research-based program and thanks to our funders, it’s free for participants.

PARC Online Classes and At-Home Exercise Videos

  • While PARC’s doors remain closed until further notice, please use this compilation of online resources to find information and programs you may access from home. PARC also has online classes that will help you stay healthy and will enable you to reconnect with the PARC community. The classes follow a regular schedule and are led by UBC Kinesiology students.

Exercise Guidelines for Adults With Spinal Cord Injury

  • The Spinal Cord Injury Research Evidence (SCIRE) community has put together guidelines for physical activity following SCI. The guidelines herein were created for adults aged 18-64 with chronic SCI (at least one year post-onset).

Canadian Tire Jumpstart: Play From Home

  • From Coast to Coast to Coast, Jumpstart has some amazing resources and links to Play from Home.  Choose from a variety of activities for all ages and abilities.

Peer Support and Mental Health

SCI-BC Virtual Peer Sessions

  • SCI BC peers are hosting something every night of the week, including peer-led home workouts and yoga sessions!

Canadian national team athlete mental health resource list

  • The Canadian National Team and Game Plan have put together a list of mental health resources to help athletes during this time.

Athlete-to-Athlete

  • Athlete-to-Athlete is an athlete-only Co-op discussion for those in preparation for Olympic and Paralympic Games.
    These calls are designed to help athletes connect with peers and gain new insight, perspective and support among those who share challenges. Talks are always confidential to promote open (even difficult) topics, which you are encouraged to bring up.

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC‘s Weekly Support Group

  • Join the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC every Friday at 3pm for fun conversations with people with CP and other disabilities across BC! Please contact programs@bccerebralpalsy.com to register.

We Are Sport: Canadian Women & Sport and She’s4Sports

  • Canadian Women & Sport and She’s4Sports are collaborating again on a new series, We Are Sport: Conversations with leaders from the BIPOC sport community. The initiative from Ainka Jess, founder of She’s4Sports, will address race, inclusion, LGBTQI2S+ advocacy, leadership, and mental health, highlighting the perspectives of sport leaders who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of colour. The We Are Sport series features interviews and panel discussions hosted on Wednesdays (July to September) on Instagram Live and Zoom.

Fun and Games

Power Soccer Watch Parties with FIPFA

  • Federation Internationale de Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) will be hosting weekly watch parties on Facebook throughout the summer featuring past international matches. Join in and engage with fans around the world to watch some great powerchair football action!

Boccia Battle App on Android and iOS

  • Developer Wasabi Apps have created a simulated Boccia game to play on iOS and Android. It’s a fun game that does a great job at reproducing Boccia on a mobile screen – just set the marker to your target! Various gameplay modes include: Players vs. AI, 2 players operating one phone alternately, and PVP online, allowing players to challenge each other from all over the world.

Power to Be

  • Power to Be features a number of ways to stay connected including virtual programs, self-guided activities, and online resources. Spend time checking out their Virtual Tours, sing-alongs, and fun outdoor activites for the whole family.

Mind Set Go

  • The documentary series Mind Set Go follows the high-stakes journey of eight Canadians as they transform their physical, mental and emotional health with the help of fitness experts and celebrated Paralympians. New episodes air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

General Resources

Government of Canada Supports for Canadians with Disabilities

  • The Government of Canada has announced supports to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic. This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit.

Disability Foundation Virtual Programs

  • A list of programs from affiliated Societies working to virtually deliver programs and to reach out and check-in with participants and volunteers.

General Resources from the Rick Hansen Foundation

  • Now, more than ever, it’s important to both keep up to date with the latest information and look after your physical and mental well-being. The Rick Hansen Foundation has compiled a variety of resources that may be useful during this time, as well as links to other groups who have consolidated similar resources.

Disability Alliance BC – COVID-19 Supports and Programs

  • Check out this helpful outline that provides an overview of the additional supports and measures that may be of assistance during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Ask an Expert: How do I help my kids stay active at home during the Coronavirus outbreak?

  • With schools and playgrounds closed and activities cancelled, Dr. Sarah Moore shares tips for parents to help their children stay physically active and healthy. Dr. Sarah Moore completed her PhD at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility and is currently a professor in the Therapeutic Recreation Department at Douglas College.

Return to Sport Guidelines from viaSport

  • viaSport has released the Return to Sport guidelines, allowing sport to return to British Columbia in accordance with the phases outlined in B.C.’s Restart Plan. SportAbility will be creating return to sport plans based on these guidelines and is looking forward to working with the membership and our partners in the community during this process.