the "why" by Grace Dafoe

I guess you are probably wondering what prompted the creation of How You Move. 

I want it to grow with me, as I grow through life and my career. Most of all though, I wanted a space to blog, discuss, and share resources for other professionals, but also the general public. 

It is a way of showing the evolution of me trying to figure out where my career is going and looking for common themes to help point me in the right direction of my interests. 

So while it may seem like a mish mash of resources, information and blogs, know this space is ALWAYS open for discussion. I want to help grow the industry, and be a part of pushing the industry forward. 


What do we do now? by Grace Dafoe

Sorry for the stagnant blog posting! 

Life has caught up, camps are in full swing and to be honest, my brain is also on summer break. 

I've spent many nights wondering what kind of blog this is going to be. So heres a quick summary of how I like to do things, if you haven't followed my athlete blog before. 

I DO: 

  • Pull from my personal experiences and readings 
  • Speak my Mind 
  • Have an open mind to critique and criticisms 
  • Keep up with current events and happenings in sport, recreation, PL, PE, etc, etc. I spend a lot of my day seeing what others are reading in the industry and find the article, book or podcast! 


  • Generally cite specific quotes and/or write about articles I've read. Occasional podcast or book review I'm sure, but I don't like to get caught up on some study or cherry picked stats. Thats just not me! 
  • Mean to offend or cut down others in the industry - we are all here to grow! 

So with that quick list, you can choose to follow or not, that is totally okay! I've been stressed out knowing that I'm not one of those research people who will cite stats and such, but I am here to bring my experiences, my perspectives. 

The ultimate goal is to turn this site into a resource that directs you to all sort of other created resources, training, and such related to the industry. Of course, also a community that is inspired to move each day and practice what they preach! 

So look forward to more here, but thats all for now. 


Physical Literacy - a journey, outcome, ideal? by Grace Dafoe

I've mulled over this question in my mind quite a few times over the last few months. In university (and every conference you go to), we hear the International Physical Literacy definition. 

"Physical LiteracyPhysical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life."

-International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014

With that being said, it is widely debated as to whether this definition truly encapsulates physical literacy, because well, physical literacy is not just physical (crazy, right?). I am talking from a multi-disciplinary approach, relating to all aspects of a Childs life - parents, teachers, coaches, themselves. Not just from one point of view. We all have to work together to make a difference! 

Now, with some bias, as most blogs are, I will say I am all for physical literacy. I've seen kids who are not motivated to move or try new sports, can't properly throw a ball or even run. Without these basic skills, it limits the activity they can feel comfortable participating in. 

I've also lived it. My experience comes from the last few years, going from a burned out former athlete, to a high performance athlete in a different sport. How?


Once I fell in love with the sport of skeleton, I started honing those sport specific skills, but also found that my fundamental skills were also seriously lacking. I had to re-learn to run and sprint in order to make a National testing standard for a 30m sprint, but I also had to learn how to mentally love training and be excited to try new exercises. So when we talk physical literacy and fundamental movement skills, I can tell you, learning them as a 20 year old is less than ideal, but possible. 

A few years ago, I blogged for PHE Canada about my physical literacy journey, and looking back, the field has evolved so much since then. I had just started majoring in Physical Literacy at Mount Royal, and really had a simple understanding of the concept. This was before the consensus statement, before people widely debated as to whether physical literacy was attainable, when people simply believed we needed it as we saw our kids become more sedentary and less skilled.

I'm not ashamed to share this blog, in my early days of university, exuberant and excited to be following a growing field every single day. Now, physical literacy is shown in numerous activities - even in daily life! 

In my last year of university, Mount Royal approached me to be a part of the "Breaking Inactivity" article showing our program. In that moment, things changed.  

I found my own physical literacy

I look back and think of my statements and definitely still stand by them, especially where I was at in the journey, but now, I think of it as a stepping stone. When I say I found my own physical literacy, I really mean I found my niche. A place where activity makes me happy and I get excited to be active every day. While I may have presented it as an outcome, really, I meant that I found my place. 

Now is it an ideal?  I'm going to say yes and no. 

It is something to strive for and the tools for fundamental movement skills can lead someone to discover where their skills lack and bring them up to an age appropriate level (in youth). Most of us are not going to be perfect at everything, thats just life. 

I would also say no, it isn't an ideal, as I have seen the positive effects since I took my development back a few steps (far from high performance) to build the blocks, in order to reach the high performance level on and off the ice. 


If I hadn't taken three steps back, I wouldn't have taken ten steps forward. 

I know I will be an active adult, even after sport ends, because of the way my journey has unfolded. 


Superhero Training by Grace Dafoe

On Friday, I was lucky enough to attend the PLAY (Physical Literacy & You) Calgary Superhero training. It covered topics from inclusion in recreation and sport settings, to facilitation and leadership in regards to physical literacy. 

Not only was it an excellent day of learning, we also left with resources to bring to the community around us, and it was a great day to network! Overall it was a great training day with individuals and major organizations from Calgary and area. 

Want to attend next year? Want to be a part of a PLAY group in Alberta? Signup for PLconnect and join your local group. 

More to come from #HowYouMove coming!