Saskatchewan Program for Athletic Excellence
The purpose of the Saskatchewan Program for Athletic Excellence is to provide additional direct financial assistance to Saskatchewan’s High Performance Athletes who are carded at the national level by Sport Canada.
The objectives of the program are:
- To help athletes continue their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition;
- To enable athletes to successfully pursue excellence in sport while fulfilling their educational goals;
- To increase athlete access to high performance coaching and sports science practitioners;
- To enhance training and competitive opportunities available to athletes.
Eligibility – Who Can Apply?
Saskatchewan athletes nominated and accepted for carding status under Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program (AAP), and meet all the following criteria:
- Athlete must be training in Saskatchewan, exceptions will be made providing that the athlete can substantiate one of the following:
- He/She is training out of province as part of a formal NSO-sanctioned training program;
- That he/she cannot receive the required level of training in Saskatchewan and as a result has relocated out of the province (i.e. due to lack of facilities, coaching, competition, national team requirements);
- That he/she is attending a post-secondary institution out-of-province;
- Other extenuating circumstances that require the athlete to be out of the province.
- The athlete must be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Canadian Sport Centre Management Committee, they are a product of the Saskatchewan sport system. Evidence of this would be a significant and/or relevant portion of their sport development occurred while a primary resident of Saskatchewan.
- Athlete must not be under a sanction that prohibits competition as per the Canadian Anti-Doping Policy.
- Athlete must not receive financial support from any other provincial/territorial athlete assistance program. This does not include academic scholarships, bursaries, student grants, student loans, social assistance, disability pensions, and other forms of financial assistance that are unrelated to competitive sport.