The Steadward Centre Logo

The Steadward Centre
for Personal & Physical Achievement

Prof. Dr. Robert D. Steadward, O.C., LLD (Hon)

Dr. Robert D. Steadward, O.C., LLD (Hons)In 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 Games.

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 email

Robert Steadward Bio Page in Adobe PDF Format (printable)

All materials copyright: © The Steadward Centre, 2000 - 2003.

Problems with or questions about the site? Contact the Webmaster.

These pages are located on the University of Alberta's Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation's Web Server.

Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation Logo

A Beneficiary of Lottery Fund Proceeds, through the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation

W1-67 Van Vliet Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2H9
Telephone: 780-492-3182
Telefax: 780-492-7161