Ottawa, ON (July 15, 2020) – Cycling Canada is launching a new initiative to support the recruitment and development of Para-cycling athletes. The Para-cycling Development Funding program will provide between $5,000 and $15,000 each to cycling clubs and provincial sports organizations.
Funding and technical assistance from Cycling Canada will be provided to programs that are looking to develop and recruit para athletes through two types of agreements. The first will focus on introducing athletes to competition and helping to meet athlete quotas for the Canada Summer Games in 2025, while the second type of agreement will focus on recruitment activities.
“The overarching goal is to build a strong network of reliable resources that will help maintain a healthy talent pool for Para-cycling, strategically covering the vast territory of our wide country,” said Guillaume Plourde, Cycling Canada Para-cycling NextGen (East) Coach. “Funded organizations will be expected to work closely with Cycling Canada to ensure the continuity of their respective projects in the future, always aiming at consistently delivering new Para-cycling talent.”
Eligible programs include provincial sports organizations, cycling clubs and Para sport organizations. Successful applicants will be provided with funding and assistance for one or for multiple years, subject to annual evaluations. Funding will be available to existing and emerging programs. All organizations are asked to submit their application via the Para-cycling Development Funding Application online form and carefully read the Para-cycling Development Funding Guidelines. The deadline to apply online is Oct. 1, 2020.