The biennial International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) was held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The conference was designed to bring together sport, health, education and recreation experts to advance the knowledge, application and implementation of physical literacy programming across the globe.

IPLC 2017 saw over 400 delegates from 24 different countries and provided a truly collaborative environment to exchange ideas, form new partnerships and network with peers.

Individual Panel Presentations

A1– Physical Literacy: The New Phoenecia (John Corlett)

A1– The Transformation of Baseball Through Sound Programming (Andre Lachance)

A2 – Conceptualizing the Physical Literacy Journeys of Primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Students’ Priot to and During their ITE and Newly Qualified Teacher Year Impacts on Their Confidence and Competence to Teach Physical Education (Fiona Diffey)

A2– Physical Literacy in West Vancouver Schools- Making Movement Matter in Classrooms and Beyond! (Diane Nelson)

A3– Marking Physical Literacy or Missing the Mark on Physical Literacy? A Conceptual Critique of Canada’s Physical Literacy Assessment Instruments (Daniel Robinson)

A3– Development of the Physical Literacy Environmental Assessment (PLEA) Tool (Hilary Caldwell)

A4 – School Athletics and Physical Literacy and Long Term Athlete Development (Jane King)

A4 – What is a High Performing Children’s Coach? (Tandy Jane Haughey, Robin Gregg)

B1– Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bath Water! (Susan Walker)

B1– Developing Physical Literacy in Secondary Physical Education (Guy Le Masurier)

B1– Recreation and Health Education Curriculum Development: Physical Literacy in Children and Youth (John Buxcey)

B2 – Generation Healthy: Empowering Communities Through the Principles of Physical Literacy (Dwayne Sheehan)

B3– Parents: What Do They Know About Physical Literacy? (Louise Humbert)

B3– Physical Literacy Primary School Interventions in 5 Cities Throught BC: What’s the Impact? (Sandi Lavery)

B3– Yukon’s Physical Literacy Project- A How-To Guide for Teachers Grade 4 to 7 (Bruce Craven)

B4-Guiding the Development of Physical Literacy Within Communities (Nigel Green)

B4-Developing Physical Literacy for Newcomers (Emily Rand and Janessa MacPherson)

B4 – Recess Guardians: Bringing Play Back to the Playground (Michael McDonald) *If you are interested in discussing the Recess Guardians Presentation, kindly email

B4– Promoting Intercultural Connections Through Physical Activities- While Developing Physical Literacy (Jennifer Fenton)

D1– Using Music to Motivate Movement in Children Aged 4-6 Years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Keri-Ellen Walcer)

D1– Physical Literacy Programs for Children and Youth with a Disability (Chris Wright)

D1– Adapted Aquatics (Kelly Graham)

D2– Addressing the Gender Gap in Physical Literacy (Tammy Shubat)

D4– Life is Better in the H20! (Kaley Maksymyk)

D4 – Ready, Set, PLAY! (Ann Doggett)

E2 – Physical Literacy and Human Flourishing (Elizabeth Myers)

E2– MLSE LaunchPad: A Youth Focused Sport for Development Facility (Marika Warner)

E2– How to Effectively Activate Your Physical Strategy (Matt Young)

E3– Is Meeting Canadian Movement Guidelines for Moderate-Vigorous Physical Activity Sufficient? (Buffy Williams)

E4– Build Physical Literacy in Adolescent Athletes with the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (TJ Buchanan)

G1 – A pilot online training program for early childhood educators in physical literacy demonstrates potential to enhance the movement skill proficiency of children in their care. 

G2– The Nature Solution- The Importance of Promoting Activity in Nature Across the Lifespan (Janice Cook)

G2 – The Heart and Science of Physical Activity (Carrie Schell)

G2– Associations Between Trait Personality and Sport and Physical Activity Participation: What Does the Research Indicate? (Ken Lodewyk)

G3-Increasing Awareness of Physical Literacy Among Strength and Conditioning Professionals (Rick Howard)

G4 – Designing a movement assessment tool: Exploring the dilemmas of Primary school teachers and movement experts (Tom van Rossom, Professor David Morley)

G4– Cowichan- Branding, Communicating, and Our Next Steps as a Physical Literacy for Communities Team (John Elzinga)

H1– Benefits of a Physical Literacy Lunch-Hour Games Program (RBC Learn to Play Grant) (Sandi Lavery)

H2 – Behavioural Economics as a Framework for Building Physical Literacy (Ryan Young)

H2– The Groove: Engaging the BODY, BRAIN, and BEING Using Team Building Concepts (Michelle Hillier)

H3– Physical Literacy in ACTION (Ashley Fox)

H3-Leading the Movement: Using Servant Leadership Strategies to Advance Physical Literacy (Chad London)

H4 – Measuring Physical Literacy: Is it possible? (John Cairney, Dwayne Sheehan)

Keynote Presentations

Dr. Nalda Wainwright (University of wales Trinity Saint David) – Improving Physical Literacy to Survive a “Perfect Storm”

Dr. Dean Dudley (Macquarie University) – Critical Considerations for Physical Literacy Policy in Public Health, Recreation, Sport and Education Agencies

Citius Vocem Presentations

1) Dan Glynn  Staff & Volunteer Training in Community Settings

2) Ashleigh Hourigan – The Uni-Active Program: Evaluation of a structured fundamental movement skills intervention program in pre-primary school aged children

3) Melissa Kinkoph and Katie Lee – Press Play for Physical Literacy: Creating the Optimal Environment in Out-of-School Time Settings

4) LJ Bartle – Postive Experiences

5) Steve McGinley & Elisa Maruzzo – Is What We’re Doing Working?

6) Stephanie Beck – Peach Arch Hospital Foundation: Champions of a Healthy Community

Panel Presentations

C2 – PLAY Ambassadors – Creating Environments and Quality Experiences to Last a Lifetime (Kelly Paolozzi, Kim Stevens, Emina Secerbegovic)

C4 – National Physical Literacy Alliance – Resources and Tools (Kathy Brook)

F2– Celebrating the Intentions of Physical Literacy Through Guidance, Experiences and the Charting of Progress (Nigel Green, Elizabeth Myers, Fiona Diffey, Dwayne Sheehan)

F3 – Physical Literacy for 55+ – It’s Time to Change Our Approach Part 1 (Shelley Callaghan, Bradley Young and Kathy Brook

F3 – Physical Literacy for 55+ – It’s Time to Change Our Approach – Part 2 (Shelley Callaghan, Bradley Young and Kathy Brook)

Pre-Conference Workshops

Improving Physical Literacy in Intermediate grades using TGfY – Fielding and Striking Games (Sandi Lavery and Jodie Pickering)

Creating and Changing Primary Physical Literacy Games (Sandi Lavery and Jodie Pickering)