Physical Literacy – from Strategy to Practice

Speaking about the importance of getting children physically active as early as possible, Gymnastics Australia’s General Manager, Member Services, Bradley Low, recently presented at the International Physical Literacy Association’s Conference – Physical Literacy: Cultural Connection Around the World.

In his virtual presentation, Physical Literacy – from Strategy to Practice, that kicked off the Australasia leg of the Conference, Low highlighted the important role that gymnastics plays in helping children develop their physical literacy early.

Speaking about Gymnastics Australia’s intent to align all national programs with Sport Australia’s Physical Literacy Framework, Low said the project was about identifying a desired level of physical literacy for an 8-year-old participant.

“Physical literacy is the foundation of movement for life. It’s about developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours that help us be active at every stage of our lives and it is important that we align our work with the national standards,” Low said.

“To assist us to explicitly develop participants more holistically and set them on a path to an active, healthy and fulfilling life through participation in gymnastics, but equally if they choose to go and participate in other activities.

“Our understanding of physical, psychological, social and cognitive elements that support a physically literate 8-year-old will help improve our national programs and resource development for coaches in education and training.

“Ultimately, we want to ensure all our programs are designed to develop an individual’s confidence and a lifelong connection to gymnastics through fun and successful exploration of fundamental movement skills.”

The next stage of the Gymnastics Australia-led project will be the review of all national programs and the development of education and training modules for coaches, which will commence in 2022.