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What is a BlazeSports Model?
BlazeSports programs and services are based on an interdisciplinary logic model that incorporates many cutting-edge components including the Canadian Sport for Life Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model: starts with active play, fundamental movement, learning to train and compete, and being active for life. How quickly a person moves through the stages depends on their age, type of physical disability and date of onset.
Active Play (0-5 years): improves coordination and motor skills, teaches leadership and builds confidence. Focus is on fun physical activity and games. This is a time when children with disability will outgrow mobility aids.
- Toddlers should accumulate at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity each day.
- Preschoolers should accumulate at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity each day.
- Toddlers and preschoolers should engage in at least 60 minutes and up to several hours per day of daily, unstructured physical activity (active play) and should not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time except when sleeping.
Fundamental Movement (6-9 years): children learn balance and agility through structured activities and a variety of sports (Paralympic and non-Paralympic) that focus on fun rather than competition.
Learning to Train (9-12 years): children/youth learn sport skills in a variety of sports (offered in school and the community) and begin to learn to compete.
- Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily.
Learning to Compete (12-19+ years): children/youth specialize in one sport competitively. Intense training occurs year round, focusing on position-specific skills and fitness as they learn to compete nationally and internationally.
Active for Life (for all ages): individuals with physical disability can enter this phase at any point in their lives. Physical activity and sport is part of everyday life.
In addition to sport programs, BlazeSports offers camps, competitions and other programs worldwide for youth and adults with physical disabilities that increase independence, improve health and enhance overall quality of life.
BlazeCamps are residential summer camps, lasting two-to-five days/nights, that provide youth with a physical disability or visual impairment an opportunity to meet new friends, become more independent and self-confident, learn or enhance skills in a variety of sports and recreational activities, and most of all just have plain old fun!
Recreation specialists directly supervise all camps and ensure a 1:5 staff-to-camper ratio. All camp counselors attend a pre-camp orientation and training, and to further ensure the well being of campers, a registered and licensed nurse is on staff.
TrailBlazers Leadership Training Program
Launched in 2008, the TrailBlazers Leadership Training Program gives young adults with physical disabilities the chance to hone leadership skills and gain career experiences. Through the program, participants have the opportunity to achieve greater success in high school, university and future employment.
Trailblazers Leadership Training – Mission Statement
We will take responsibility to develop our leadership skills through understanding, learning and accepting other cultures by working cooperatively together as a team while having fun!
The training curriculum covers topics such as interpersonal communication, leadership style assessment, goal setting and an array of healthy lifestyle issues. The material is offered through interactive group discussion and facilitated by young leaders (peer-to-peer approach) with the guidance and support of a trained adult facilitator and BlazeSports staff. Graduates of the program also have the opportunity to participate in prevocational experiences by working at the BlazeSports head office and at various BlazeSports programs such as BlazeCamp.
At BlazeSports, we believe sports should be available to children and adults with disabilities no matter where they live. We’ve dedicated ourselves to providing international sport development projects across the globe for those with disabilities.
For more than a decade, BlazeSports has led successful international sport development projects in Haiti, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Argentina, Afghanistan, Ghana and South Africa, and training of professionals from Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Our sports programs encompass much more than just physical benefits. Our international programs increase mutual understanding, cross-cultural awareness and civic engagement through international citizen exchange initiatives; highly visible national sport festivals for people with disabilities; and national workshop and training seminars in target countries for practitioners, parents, key decision makers, and emerging leaders in sport, physical activity and rehabilitation.
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