for Personal & Physical Achievement
the world of health, fitness, lifestyle and sport, Dr. Bob Steadward
has become a legend. Among many volunteer capacities, he is Honorary
President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the
second largest sport organization in the world whom he served as
Founding President since 1989; he is a past Member of the IOC and a
current Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Dr. Steadward is Founder and Honourary President of The Steadward Centre, a
multi-disability fitness, research and lifestyle facility for people
with a disability, located at the University of Alberta where he is Professor
Emeritus and at two satellite locations.
Dr. Bob Steadward is Director of Sport Counselling for the
Edmonton Sport Institute, a sports medical clinic for individuals
and teams with athletic injuries. As President of TBL Sport Services
Ltd., Bob is Agent and Business Manager for Jamie Salé and David
Pelletier, Olympic Champions and Gold Medallists in Pairs Figure
Skating. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for the
Vancouver-Whistler Bid Committee to host the 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games, and a Member of the Board of Governors for
the 2005 World Masters Games to be held in Edmonton.
Born and raised in Eston, Saskatchewan, Dr. Steadward continued
westward to the University of Alberta, to complete both his Bachelor
of Physical Education (with Distinction) and Master of Science
degrees. After being awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy from the
University of Oregon, USA, Bob returned to the University of Alberta
to stay. For his outstanding contributions to the community, the
entire sphere of disability, sport and academia, in February 2000 Dr.
Steadward was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa (LLD Hons) from Leuven
University, Belgium. In June 2002 the University of Alberta inducted
Bob into the Sports Wall of Fame and conferred upon him an Honorary
Doctor of Laws degree.
Over the years, Bob's volunteer contributions have included posts
in sport at all levels, from coach to administrator, from
international to local, involving people with and without a
disability: at Universiade, Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic
Dr. Steadward was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in
1984; and in 1996 the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame. He is an Honorary
Life Member of several sports associations; and, as the outstanding
Canadian sports volunteer was recipient of the 1991 Bryce Taylor
Memorial Award. He was awarded the commemorative medal of the 125th
anniversary of Canadian confederation; the 1995 Robert Jackson Award;
and, the 1995 inaugural Dr. Robert D. Steadward award, created in his
honour in 1996. He received the 1995 coveted King Clancy Award for
Outstanding Contribution to Canadians with Disabilities and in 1996
was declared "A Great Albertan as shown by Exemplary Service to
Fellow Albertans", by CFRN-TV. Also in 1996, Bob was named a Paul
Harris Fellow of Rotary International "in appreciation of
tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of
better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the
world"; and, received the Senator John G. Tower Distinguished
Alumni Award of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity "for bringing great
honour to the fraternity, contribution to the community, and career
achievements". In 1997 Bob earned the prestigious University of
Alberta's Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching,
and subsequently, the University of Alberta Faculty of Physical
Education & Recreation 1996-97 Teaching Award. In 2002, Dr.
Steadward was inducted to the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and in 2003 was
presented with an award for outstanding community service to sport and
youth, at the Champions for Children event held in Edmonton; also, in
2003, Bob was inducted to the Gallery of Glory, in his hometown of
Eston and to the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honour at Luther College
in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Dr. Steadward was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, the
nation's highest civilian honour, in recognition of national
achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to
Canada and humanity at large.
In further recognition of his exceptional qualities and outstanding
service to Canada, in 2002, Dr. Steadward was selected to receive the
Golden Jubilee Medal, approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In
November 2003 Dr. Steadward became an Honorary Member of the exclusive
University of Alberta's Golden Key International Honour Society for
dedication to higher education, international leadership and
commitment to sport.
During relaxation times, Dr. Steadward enjoys cycling, golf, all
types of skiing, racquet sports, fly fishing, hunting and ranching. He
has been married to Laura for over 35 years; their daughters Tommi
Lynn and Bobbi Jo, both school teachers, are married to former
University of Alberta Golden Bears ice hockey players. Laura and Bob
have recently become proud grandparents to Geran, Reid and Isabella.
Dr. Bob Steadward can be reached by phone at (780) 492-7298 or
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