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Transition to Honorary President of the IPC

File documents Steadward's transition from President of the IPC to Honorary President. File contains correspondence, a Spinal Cord Injury and Treatment Centre Society newsletter, news article, and a wheelchair rugby classification appeal. File also contains a CD-ROM from the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation containing photographs, image captions, and a paper on the history of disability sport in Hong Kong.

Robert Steadward fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0054
  • Fonds
  • 1964-2017

Fonds reflects Steadward's work as the first President of the International Paralympic Committee and his involvement in the development of fitness and competitive sport opportunities for people with disabilities. Fonds is divided into six series: S1 - University of Alberta and the Research and Training Centre for Athletes with Disabilities, S2 - International Paralympic Committee (IPC), S3 - Paralympic Games, S4 - Non-Paralympic disability sporting events and associations, S5 - Speeches, presentations, interviews, and publications, and S6 - International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Games.

Fonds contains correspondence, reports, minutes, speeches, presentations, papers, newspapers, agendas, meeting notes, policies, bylaws, newsletters, press releases, competition results, handbooks, budgets, rules, photographs, videos, manuals, and guides.

Robert Steadward

William Watson Lodge - A special place

Item is a promotional video for William Watson Lodge in Kananaskis county, a lodge that specializes in barrier-free wilderness accommodations for seniors and people with disabilities.

No way out - World series

Item is a video of programs filmed from television. Item includes a 30 minute documentary called 'No Way Out", in which interviewer, Peter Downie, discusses disability and the right to die. Item also includes a World Series baseball game.

1992 Paralympic Games - Barcelona, Tignes-Albertville, and Madrid

Subseries documents athletes participating in Paralympic Games held in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, and Tignes-Albertville, France. Subseries also documents the International Paralympics Committee's involvement as an oversight body for international paralympic sport. Subseries contains minutes, correspondence, handbooks, reports, press releases, news and magazine articles, competition rankings and results, photographs, arbitration briefs and agreements, and brochures.

1988 Paralympic Games - Seoul and Innsbruck

Subseries documents the participation of Canadian teams at the winter and summer Paralympics in Seoul, Korea and Innsbruck, Austria. Subseries also documents the International Paralympic Committee's role in planning and organizing the Paralympic games. Subseries contains competition results, directories, correspondence, minutes, reports, journal articles, handbooks, budgets, athlete profiles, and rules and regulations.

International Stoke Mandeville Games

Subseries documents the attendance of Canadian athletes at the International Stoke Mandeville Games. Subseries contains reports, videos, handbooks, schedules, entry forms, itineraries, correspondence, results, lists of athletes, programs, and a published book.

The first Stoke Mandeville Games involved a wheelchair athletic competition organized in 1948 during the London Olympic Games. The International Stoke Mandeville Games became the first Paralympic Games when the competition was held alongside the Olympics in Rome in 1960.

Paralympic Games

Series documents the planning and implementation of early Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) role in organizing Paralympic Games, and the experience of athletes and athletic teams participating in Paralympic Games. Series is divided into eight subseries: SS1- International Stoke Mandeville Games, SS2 - 1976 Olympiad for the Physically Disabled, SS3 - 1980 Olympics for the Physically Disabled, SS4 - 1988 Paralympic Games - Seoul and Innsbruck, SS5 - 1992 Paralympic Games - Barcelona, Tignes-Albertville, and Madrid, SS6 - 1996 Atlanta Paralympics Games, SS7 - 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games, and SS8 - 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games.

Series contains correspondence, reports, minutes, newsletters, newspapers, press releases, competition results, bulletins, schedules, brochures, manuals, guidelines, procedures, handbooks, itineraries, rules, directories, licensing agreements, photographs, athlete profiles, arbitration briefs and agreements, videos, memorabilia, journal articles, budgets, contract agreements, programs, books, logo designs, presentation slides, site maps, marketing plans, and entry forms.

International Paralympics Committee (IPC)

Series documents Steadward's involvement in the formation, organization, and administration of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Series also documents the activities, policies, and procedures of IPC committees, sub-committees, task forces, and Executive Committee members, and reflects the IPC's involvement and interactions with other disability sport organizations and leaders.

Series contains correspondence, minutes, meeting notices, agenda, reports, handbook sections, financial statements, job descriptions, bylaws, rules, procedures, agreements, press releases, news articles, brochures, notes, event schedules, newsletters, survey results, and motions.

Rick Hansen Centre slides

File contains photographic slides from the Rick Hansen Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Slides depict photographs of athletes competing in Paralympic events at the 1976 Toronto Olympiad, 1980 Olympics for the Physically Disabled in Holland, 1980 Winter Paralympics in Norway, and the 1971 Pan Am Games in Jamaica. Slides also depict athletes training, presentation slides, wedding pictures, award ceremonies, and candid shots of individuals and groups.

Disability sport and training photographs

File contains photographs of disabled athletes training at the Rick Hansen Centre, and slides used in presentations and speaking engagements. Images also depict disabled sporting events such as as basketball camps, Paralympic Sports Association swimming programs, track and field championships, Stoke Mandeville Games, and Sportsfest.

Ron Payette

File contains slides depicting wheelchair athlete Ron Payette competing in a race.

University of Alberta and the Research and Training Centre for Athletes with Disabilities

Series documents Steadward's work at the University of Alberta as a professor and founder of the Research and Training Centre for Athletes with Disabilities in Edmonton, Alberta. Series also documents athletes, coaches, athletic teams, and researchers accessing the programs, services, training, and testing facilities at the Research and Training Centre for Athletes with Disabilities.

The Research and Training Centre for Athletes with Disabilities was established by Steadward in 1978. It was later renamed the Rick Hansen Centre in 1987, and finally the Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement in 2000. The centre is an internationally-renowned disability research centre within the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, and continues to support sport and fitness of people experiencing disability.

Series mainly consists of photographs, slides, and negatives of athletes participating in various disability sporting events and using training equipment and facilities. Series also contains video and audio recordings, presentation notes, manuals, guides, and annual reports.

Canadian Sport for Life physical literacy programs

File documents community projects sponsored by Canadian Sport for Life. File contains the curriculum and description for a physical literacy leadership academy in Cochrane, evaluation framework for community projects, an action plan, journal article, and a draft version of the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy manual.

Sport Alberta

File documents the administration of Sport Alberta, a provincial government initiative that supports amateur sport. File contains all member updates, event notices, bylaws, correspondence, minutes, reports, agendas, membership application forms, financial statements, resolutions, a speech, constitution, and a revitalization plan.

Ready, set, go!

Item is a video of an individual demonstrating an aerobic exercise routine, produced by Denise Wagner. Video also contains part of a television documentary on disabled Canadian athletes competing in Australia.


Item is reproduction of a sketch, presumably of Steadward, signed by Darius.

To read

File documents records received for educational/informational purposes. File contains essays, aerobic exercises and stretches, a brochure, and letter.

Articles - newspaper - TSC

File contains news articles on the topics of disability, disability sport, and disabled athletes, newsletters, and a brochure.

Anatomy articles

File contains articles, by various authors, from scholarly publications on human anatomy and physical activity.

News and magazine articles

File documents media coverage of disability and paralympic sport related topics received by Steadward for review and informational purposes. File contains news and magazine articles.

Lisa the great 96'

File contains draft press releases from EPCOR (Edmonton Power Corporation), and a draft EPCOR emergency response plan.

Special Olympics

File documents promotional information about the Special Olympics. File contains a mission statement, policy concerning competing athletes, and article.

ISL Worldwide television sports programming

Item is an ISL Worldwide television sports programming manual. Manual contains a listing of the sport events/programs ISL distributes internationally. ISL is a sports marketing agency that represents international sports agencies and markets their sporting events.

IMG sports management and marketing

File contains a calendar of events and corporate report for the sports management and marketing company, IMG. File also contains a registration form and schedule for the 'Business of Sport' conference hosted by Asia Pacific.

IOC meetings

File documents materials received by the IOC for informational purposes regarding disabled sport and athletes. File contains papers, a history of sports for athletes with disabilities, and a proposal.

Sydney media coverage

File documents news coverage of Sydney Olympic Games. File contains news articles, magazine articles, and opinion pieces.

1988 Summer Olympic Games

File documents discussions of the demonstration events for disabled athletes at the 1988 Olympic Games. File contains correspondence, demonstration event criteria, a proposal, and an introduction to the opening and closing ceremonies.

Olympic napkins

Item is a set of table napkins embroidered with the Olympic rings and the names of Steadward and his wife, Laura.

IOC/COA[Canadian Olympic Association] future relationships

File documents attempts made by Steadward and other executives of the Canadian Federation of Sport Organizations for the Disabled (CFSOD) to secure recognition for, and future involvement of, physically disabled athletes in Olympic competitions and with the COA and IOC. File contains correspondence discussing the participation of disabled athletes in the 1992 Canadian Winter Games and 1988 winter and summer Olympic Games. File also contains agendas, minutes, meeting notes, a proposal for the acceptance of disabled events/representatives in Olympic games, list of governors of the Olympic Trust of Canada, ICC (International Coordinating Committee of World Sports Organizations for the Disabled) newsletter, and a speech to the annual general meeting of the COA by Otto Jelinek, Minister of State Fitness and Amateur Sport.


File documents Olympic planning undertaken by IOC Coordination Committees. File contains correspondence, a brochure, issue of the Athens 2004 Olympic News, agenda, final report of the Sydney Olympiad Coordinating Committee, and the first official report of the Beijing Organizing Committee.

Salt Lake Olympics

File contains correspondence organizing a meeting between Steadward, the President of the IOC, and the new President of the IPC.


File documents a collection of research on the history of disabled sport, disabled athletes, and disabled sporting organizations. File contains reports, papers, draft papers, presentation notes, articles, proposals, meeting notes, and brochures.

Presentation slides

File contains notes and slides from two presentations: 'Thinking about non-economics impacts of large scare events' and ' London 2012 volunteers motivations & social legacy potential'.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Games

Series documents the planning, organization, and media coverage of Olympic Games as organized by the International Olympic Committee. Series contains correspondence, news articles, minutes, agendas, meeting notes, official reports, papers, and proposals.

Papers - quest for Olympic inclusion

File contains drafts of Steadward's paper 'Athletes with disabilities and their quest for Olympic inclusion' which he presented at the International Olympic Congress in London, Ontario.

Papers - future directions - winter sports

File contains drafts of a paper called 'Future directions of winter sports for athletes with disabilities', presented by Steadward at the International Olympic Scientific Congress in France.

Articles and publications

File documents research and scholarship received by Steadward for review and informational purposes. File contains copies of published articles and papers on topics related to disability and Paralympic sport.

Classification clinic

Item contains video of the presentations 'Wheelchair Sport' by Debbie Steadward and 'C.P. Sport' by Janet Dunn.

Steadward, Dr. R.D. medicine meets millennium conf[rence]

File documents Stedward's participation as a presenter at Medicine Meets Millennium World Congress on Medicine and Health held in Hannover, Germany. File contains drafts of Stedward's presentation "Fulfilling the tasks of social integration: a bridge through Paralympic sport", powerpoint slides, and a conference program.

Injury profiles

File contains the abstracts of twenty scholarly articles on the topic of disability sport and injuries co-authored by Steadward.

When spheres collide

File documents a presentation given to the Alberta Civil Lawyer Association on the the history of disability sport, the history of the IPC, and legal issues surrounding disability sports. File contains draft presentation slides, presentation notes, overhead projector transparencies, a presentation outline, news article, and a timeline of disability sport achievements.

A view through three lenses: an analysis of the progress of the Paralympic movement

File documents a lecture analyzing the progress of the Paralympic movement given by Steadward at the 41st session for the Young Participants or the International Olympic Academy (IOA). File contains draft presentation notes, photographs of presentation slides, PowerPoint presentation slides, and lecture notes. File also contains the article 'Inclusion of Athletes with a Disability within Sport' by Steadward and David Legg.

Journal articles

File contains articles on wheelchair kinematics and Canadian wheelchair basketball players, co-authored by Steadward and published in the academic journals Clinical Biomechanics and Sports Medicine, Training, and Rehabilitation.

Presentation slides

File contains slides of presentations and speeches given by Steadward for the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), Olympic bid committees, IPC meetings, and other events. File also contains photographs of athletes participating in disability sport events, including the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.

The state of sport in Canada

File contains drafts and a final version of a speech given by Steadward at the Edmonton Sport Council annual general meeting in Edmonton. File also contains notes and a sports workshops newsletter.

To write

File contains two draft copies of Steadward's essay 'International Trends and Developments in Adapted Physical Activity and Sports'.

Speeches and presentations

File contains speeches, presentations, and interviews given by Steadward at award ceremonies, keynote addresses, and IPC meetings on the topic of disability sports and the Paralympics. File also contains notes, drafts, and correspondence.

Study leave in Australia

Item is a package documenting Steadward's study leave in Australia promoting the United Nations sponsored International Year of Disabled Persons. Package included a keynote speech, collected correspondence from Australian political, health, and sport leaders, news articles about Steadward's visit, and a schedule.

Webhead: big interview

File contains a draft and final version of an interview with Steadward. Interview was conducted as part of a feature series on

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