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The Steadward Centre
for Personal & Physical Achievement

Leigh McMillan Fitness Centre
Austin O'Brien Satellite Centre

Started as an initiative between The Steadward Centre (then Rick Hansen Centre), the Alberta Northern Lights Wheelchair Basketball Society, and Edmonton Catholic Schools, the Leigh McMillan Fitness Centre officially opened its doors in April of 1993.

The centre is named after Leigh McMillan, a longtime teacher at Austin O’Brien High School. The LMFC was developed as an effort to provide individuals with physical disabilities an opportunity to become involved in an active lifestyle. 

Clients of The Steadward Centre and students and staff of Austin O’Brien, all use the facility.  Please visit our AOB Satellite Photo Gallery.

The Steadward Centre Programs

  • Adult Fitness & Lifestyle Program (weight room based program for people with a disability)
  • Stretch & Tone (exercise program tailored for people with Multiple Sclerosis)

School Programs & Services

  • Education Experience Activity Classes (physical activity for students with a disability) 
  • Athletic Training for Sport Performance 
  • Additional Activity for Physical Education Classes 
  • Fitness Assessment and Counseling for Health and Fitness

Recent Renovation

The Leigh McMillan Fitness Centre was renovated in April and May of 2002.  The renovations and new equipment were made possible by the efforts of Austin O’Brien High School staff, who pursued a grant for $125,772.00 from the Edmonton Community Lottery Board. The grant funded: 

  • Renovations:
    • Extended the west end of the fitness centre in length and width 
    • New ceiling and lighting
    • Improved access through main door to the fitness centre 
  • Equipment:
    • Equalizer Gym
    • Squat Rack
    • Treadmill
    • Eliptical Trainer
    • Recumbent Bike
    • Leg Extension
    • Assisted Dip Machine
    • Roman Chair 
    • Smith Machine
Prior to the Renovation Construction Phase Brand New Look!


Austin O’Brien High School was awarded a 2002 City of Edmonton Mayor’s Award for Accessible Service for the Leigh McMillan Fitness Centre.

Contact Information

Leigh McMillan Fitness Centre
Austin O'Brien High School
6110 - 95 Avenue, NW
Edmonton, Alberta, T6B 1A5
Phone: 780-466-7334
Fax: 780-466-6994

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