Virtual Hall of Fame
Stuart Robbins 1991-1992
Stu – as most of his friends call him – is a giant in our profession. This amazing individual is extremely versatile. He is an athlete, scholar, teacher, writer, coach, lecturer, administrator, TV consultant…and in addition to all this, he has time to serve his community and his church. Society is fortunate that Stu has chosen to put his prodigious talents and his energy into education and the promotion of physically active lifestyles. Ir is indeed time for CAHPER to honour him!
Stu was a competitive athlete in university in five sports. He coached at the national level in two and at the university level in four sports. He has taught at three universities; written 33 articles, made 73 presentations and attended, or chaired, 307 professional meetings, at least! He is an inexhaustive worker. York University, which has been the beneficiary of many of his efforts has recently made him Chair of their Senate. Whether one considers that a reward is debatable, but what it clearly shows is the high esteem in which this man is held.
A primary area of interest, research and endeavor for Stu has always been elementary education. He is internationally renowned in his field. One of his unique contributions has been his ability to build bridges between the discipline of physical education, as practiced at our universities, and the practical application of those learnings into exemplary program implementation. He has done this in such a positive, non-threatening manner that he has won the respect, admiration and affection of the hundreds of teachers with whom he has worked.
Stu is truly an integrated man. He has always believed in the value of physical activity in human endeavour and he has consistently devoted his energy to improving the status of physical education in society. Where his heart lies, his efforts follow. He is one of a minority of men in our association who has given constant, active and articulate support to dance and gymnastics as an integral part of any physical education curriculum.
Stu always seems to be on the cutting edge. He has long been promoting ‘quality daily physical education.’ In 1976 he was chair of the CAHPER group that developed the ground breaking document “New Perspectives in Elementary Education.” In 1992-93 he was pushing toward the end of the century by chairing the CAHPER task force that produced “Physical Education 2000.” As the recent president of CAHPER, his consummate leadership carried the association through a difficult period thereby guaranteeing its on-going viability.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is the essence of the man that we honour here today – the wisdom, the sensitivity, the generosity, the loving spirit. His work and his lifestyle reflect the highest ideas of our profession.. Mr. President, it is with humility and honour that I present Dr. Stuart Robbins, winner of the R. Tait McKenzie Award of Honour, in recognition of his distinguished service to the profession and unremitting zeal in promoting its aims and object.
1994 R. Tait McKenzie Honour Award recipient
1991-1992 CAHPERD President
1994 R. Tait McKenzie Honour Award recipient
2000 North American Society Award recipient
Editorial from the CAHPER Journal May-June 1975 page 31-33 Vol. 41, No 5 – by former President Stuart G. Robbins, York University
IF THE HAT FITS WEAR IT. BUT IF NOT – WHAT?
We tend to laugh and smile benignly when we look at the Victorian pictures and see children dressed as miniature adults. But if we looked carefully at many of our physical activity programs both in schools and within the community we find that perhaps we have not moved that far from those times. Soccer in most programs is played using regulation goals and close to regulation fields, ice hockey is played on the same size ice surface and with the same size goals as the “pros” and we don’t have to look far to see numerous basketball hoops placed for Wilt Chamberlain rather than Mary at four foot nothing.
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Canadian Sport Centre Calgary - National Coaching Institute
Dr. Stu Robbins - holds a PhD in Curriculum Design and Growth and Development and focusses on Long Term Athlete Development. He retired from York University where he was the Chair and Director of the school of kinesiology and Health Science and taught in the Graduate Coaching Program. He coached the University of Alberta Men's Soccer team to a National Championship and coached diving, tennis and track and field at the U of A. He was one of the first researchers to explore modifications to children’s sport to meet their developmental needs.
Robbins named CAHPERD Scholar
York University Gazette
VOLUME 26, NUMBER 37; WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1996; ISSN 1199-5246
Stuart Robbins, chair of York's School of Physical Education, has been chosen the 1996 CAHPERD Scholar by the Canadian Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD).
Robbins was also recently elected to his first term as chair of Active Living Canada a national organization that promotes active, healthy lifestyles for all Canadians.
Canadian Sport Centre Calgary
Stu Robbins, PhD. Athlete Long-Term Development.
Stu Robbins and Rick Bell