Sport and physical activity beyond the metropolis: Lessons I learned in rural and small town British Columbia


Simon Fraser University
Dominique Falls

Summary: The Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 acknowledges that geographic location plays an important role in the provision of equitable participation opportunities. For example, research shows that rural residents encounter a number of unique barriers to organized sport participation. Yet, they are also more likely to live in areas where nature is easily accessible, a local condition which may enhance their recreation experience.

With this in mind, this presentation focuses on the role that place plays the provision and experiences of physical activity and sport services. It makes the case that opportunities for, and experiences of, sport and physical activity are embedded in structures and relationships that represent the unique realities of rural communities.

Student Abstract presented at the 2016 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Energize Workshop

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