Robert Steadward
Robert Steadward, OC
Order of Canada
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Alberta Order of Excellence
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 (born May 26, 1946) is a Canadian
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 "author, sport scientist, manager, counsellor, consultant and community volunteer", who was the founding president of the International Paralympic Committee
International Paralympic Committee
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 (IPC), which he presided from 1989 to 2001. Prior to that, he had founded the Canadian Sports Fund for the Physically Disabled in 1979. He was also elected member of the International Olympic Committee
International Olympic Committee
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 in 2000.

He obtained his Ph.D.
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 at the University of Oregon
University of Oregon
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. Dr. Steadward is a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Epsilon-Alpha Chapter).

In 1999, he was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2002 inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame
Terry Fox Hall of Fame
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 and he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. In 2010 he was appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence
Alberta Order of Excellence
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In 1978, Steadward founded The Canadian Research and Training Centre for Athletes with Disability at the University of Alberta
University of Alberta
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. Renamed The Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement in 2000, the facility is a disability research centre which offers physical activity and sport programs for adults and children with disabilities.

He was succeeded as President of the International Paralympic Committee by Sir Philip Craven
Philip Craven
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