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Robert Steadward

Robert Steadward
1st President of the International Paralympic Committee
In office
1989–2001
Preceded by Ludwig Guttman (Paralympic Games founder)
Succeeded by Philip Craven
Personal details
Born (1946-05-26) May 26, 1946
Eston, Saskatchewan
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Oregon

Robert Steadward, OC, AOE (born May 26, 1946)[1] is a Canadian "author, sport scientist, manager, counsellor, consultant and community volunteer", who was the founding president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), which he presided from 1989 to 2001.[2] Prior to that, he had founded the Canadian Sports Fund for the Physically Disabled in 1979. He was also elected member of the International Olympic Committee in 2000.[3]

He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon.[4] Dr. Steadward is a member of the [5]Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Epsilon-Alpha Chapter).

In 1999, he was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2002 inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame and he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.[6] In 2010 he was appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence.[7]

In 1978, Steadward founded The Canadian Research and Training Centre for Athletes with Disability at the University of Alberta. Renamed The Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement in 2000, the facility is a disability research centre which offers physical activity and sport programs for adults and children with disabilities.[8]

He was succeeded as President of the International Paralympic Committee by Sir Philip Craven.

References

  1. ^ Dr. Robert Steadward at the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
  2. ^ "First Torchbearers", Vancouver 2010 official website
  3. ^ "Robert Steadward, builder", Canadian Paralympic Committee
  4. ^ Dr. Robert Steadward at the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
  5. ^ "Kappa Sigma Famous Alumni". Kappa Sigma Fraternity. 
  6. ^ "Robert Steadward, builder", Canadian Paralympic Committee
  7. ^ Alberta's top citizens chosen to receive province's highest honour
  8. ^ The Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement
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