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Canada Games FAST Track Athlete Grant

Please be advised that the 2009 edition of the Canada Games FAST Track Athlete Grant has been postponed to 2010.

The 2010 edition of the Games FAST Track Athlete Grant will be geared towards athletes participating in a sport recognized as part of the 2013 Canada Summer Games sports program. Applicants do not need to be Canada Games athletes or alumni to submit their candidacies.

The 2013 Canada Summer Games will feature the following sports:

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Indoor Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Diving
  • Cycling – Mountain Bike
  • Rowing
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Fencing
  • Triathlon

    The launch date for the 2010 edition of the Canada Games FAST Track Athlete Grant is to be determined. Deadlines and criterion will be posted once the details are finalized. 
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CANADA GAMES FAST TRACK ATHLETE GRANT
 
The Canada Games Council and FAST have received over 530 applications for the 2008 edition of the grant. On July 16th,2008, the selection committee selected the 40 winners, coming from 7 different provinces and territories and representing 18 of the sports on the program of the 2011 Canada Games. Each chosen athlete will be receiving a $2,000 grant to help support their training and competition needs.

The athletes that have been selected were contacted by the CGC on July 17th,2008.

The names of the winners will be release nationally at the beginning of September 2008.

Background and Purpose

The Canada Games Council (CGC) and the Foundation for Athletes and Sport Training (FAST) have partnered to build the Canada Games FAST Track athlete grant program.The program will provide direct financial assistance to Canada’s next generation national team athletes by providing a one time grant to support training and competition needs.The grant is designed to fill a gap in Canada’s sport system and support Canada Games-level athletes who are targeted by their respective National Sport Organizations and are on the pathway to excellence at the national team level.

The Canada Games FAST Track athlete grant represents one of the many programs under the Canada Games Council’s Dreams and Champions Program, a between-Games initiative.This is the third year that the Foundation for Athletes and Sport Training has partnered with the Canada Games Council, but the fourth year where FAST has distributed such grants to next generation national team athletes.This grant has been funded in Ontario in part through matching funds donated by the Government of Ontario and administered through FAST.

The Program

The Canada Games FAST Track athlete grant will award up to 40 grants across Canada, including a minimum of 12 grants in Ontario, worth $2,000 each to next generation national team athletes who have demonstrated performance excellence.Key indicators for identifying recipients will be the athlete’s performance over the last two years, enrolment in a National Sport Organization’s (NSO) Long Term Athlete Development Program and their ranking on the NSO’s carding depth chart.

2008 Timeline

 
May 1 2008   Distribution of Program Guidelines and Applicationforms to P/TSOs, NSOs,and Chefs de Mission;Press Release  
June 2 2008   Deadline date for submission of applications to the 2008 Canada Games FAST Track program  
July 16 2008   Selection Committee meets to select grant recipients  
July 17 2008   Grant recipients will be notified via telephone and email  
Fall 2008   Complete list of grant recipients available on website. Media, NSOs, andCanada Games P/T Chefs de Mission notified  
Fall 2008   Cheques written and mailed to grant recipients

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for Canada Games FAST Track grant, athletes must meet all of the eligibility criteria:
  1. The athlete must participate in a sport and/or event that is scheduled for the program of the 2011 Canada Winter Games*.The current Sports on Program are listed in the Appendix A.(Athletes need not compete at the Games, but must be involved in one of the sports on the Canada Games program.Please note that certain sports on the program are gender- specific and only females or males can apply for those sports.)

    * This is a change from previous grant programs.Only competitive athletes from sports on the winter program are eligible for a grant in 2008. Only competitive athletes from sports on the summer program will be eligible for a grant in 2009.The grant program will continue to alternate summer/winter in the future.
     
  2. The athlete must be identified as a next generation national team athlete as determined below:
    a) During the last two competitive seasons, be listed by an NSO as a next generation national team athlete which is determined by placement on an NSO depth chart; OR,
    b) Strong results at regional championships, national championships (junior and/or senior) or other recognized national/international competitions over the last two competitive seasons; OR,
    c) During the last two competitive seasons, be selected to a Canadian National Team (developmental and/or junior and/or senior).

    **Applicants do not have to be age-eligible for the Canada Games to apply**
     
  3. The athlete must be instructed by a coach who has been trained and certified by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) or equivalent and remains in good standing with the NCCP or equivalent program.
     
  4. The athlete must not be under sanction as per the Canadian Anti-Doping Policy administered by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).
     
  5. The athlete must be a member in good standing of their respective Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization (P/TSO) and National Sport Organization (NSO) or equivalent (if not training in Canada).
     
  6. The athlete must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
     
  7. There are no age restrictions on grant applications.
     
  8. * New in 2008: Past recipients of a Canada Games Fast Track athlete grant are inadmissible.The grant shall now be awarded only once to an individual.
Professional athletes, defined as any athlete who has ever signed a professional contract, and athletes currently holding a Development Card or who have held a Senior Card at any time from the Athlete Assistance Program administered by Sport Canada, are not eligible for a grant under the Canada Games FAST Track program.

Grants for athletes who have permanent residence in Saskatchewan are administered through the Saskatchewan FutureBest program.If you are a resident of Saskatchewan please visit the Athlete Services page of www.sasksport.sk.ca

N.B. Please note that athletes wanting and/or anticipating to be involved within the NCAA program should be aware that accepting a CGFT grant may hinder theirelegibility to obtain future funding from the NCAA.

Application Process
 
Athletes will complete an application form and submit it to the Canada Games FAST Track Selection Committee. Incomplete application forms will be deemed ineligible.The deadline for all applications is Monday June 2nd, 2008 at 5:00 pm EST.No application will be accepted if it is not received in its entirety before the deadline.
 
The athlete should submit application forms online at: www.canadagames.ca or http://www.fastcanada.org . If a paper application is required please contact Isabelle Petit at the Canada Games Council 613.526.2320 for information or via email at cgft@canadagames.ca .

Selection Process
 
A Selection Committee will be formed to review all applications.The Selection Committee can be comprised of representatives from each of the following organizations: CGC, FAST, NSOs (individual and team sports) as well as government and athlete representatives.

The Selection Committee will meet no later than July 16th, 2008 to make final selections.Notification to the grant recipients, NSOs and P/TSOs will be providedJuly 17th, 2008.

* New to the program: 20% of all grants will be distributed to athletes involved within team sports.

* New to the program: Only 50% of athletes receiving funding from the Quest for Gold program will be eligible to receive the CGFT grant, should they meet the criteria.

Selection Criteria

The Canada Games FAST Track athlete grant will award up to 40 grants across Canada, including a minimum of 12 grants in Ontario, worth $2,000 The Selection Committee for 2008 will consider the following criteria, listed below in priority sequence:
  • NSO ranking order of athletes determined by results from the immediate two previous competitive seasons and NSO depth chart rankings; the Selection Committee may consider other ranking systems (e.g. Canadian Sport Centres, Sport Canada SFAF);
  • International and National rankings;
  • Results from international, national (including Canada Games) and provincial/territorial championships over the immediate two previous competitive seasons;
  • Selection on national (developmental, junior, senior) and regional teams over the immediate two previous competitive seasons; and,
  • Additional information as required by the Selection Committee.
Communications/ Distribution Process

CGC and FAST will circulate the program guidelines to Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (P/TSOs), NSOs, and Canada Games Chefs de Mission. As well, the guidelines form will be available for posting on their websites, with links to the application form. P/TSOs, NSOs, and Chefs de Mission will be asked to circulate the information to athletes meeting the eligibility criteria.The application forms will also be posted on the CGC and FAST websites.
 
Roles and Responsibilities

Please see Appendix B of the application form for a summary of respective roles and responsibilities of athletes, P/TSOs, NSOs, and the Canada Games FAST Track Selection Committee.