2017/2018 BC Athletics High Performance Athlete Support Information
BC Athlete Assistance Program Overview
The BC Athlete Assistant Program (BC AAP) is an athlete-centered program of financial assistance funded by the Province of British Columbia through the Sport Branch of the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development, and administers through the BC Sport Agency. The program seeks to recognize high performance athletes who are participating in programs offered through BC Athletics (PSO) or post secondary institution and competing in recognized national or international competitions to relieve some of the pressures associated with training and competition needs. BC Athletics is charged with selection of said athletes.
Athletes & Coaches are asked to familiarize themsleves with the document and to contact the BC Athletics' Technical Manager, Chris Winter - Chris.Winter@bcathletics.org, with any questions.
***Athletes wishing to be considered for funding must meet the following eligibility requirements as set forth by BC Athletics and the Province of British Columbia.
ELIGIBLE athletes must:
a. Meet the BC Athletics General Criteria for Funding and Selection;
b. Be a member in good standing with BC Athletics;
c. Meet the BC Athlete Assistance Program requirements of athlete eligibility and commitment;
d. Be at least 17 years of age during the qualifying period (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017);
e. Have completed the online application including the submissions of a Yearly Training Plan (YTP) and all necessary documents;
f. Compete in a BC Athletics Championships for their age group, in the year they receive funding, unless they have received an exemption for one or more of the following reasons listed below. All athletes must compete in the BC T&F Championships except for athletes who currently are or wish to be carded in the 10,000m, ½ Marathon, and Marathon. Athletes who currently are or wish to be carded in these events must either compete in the BC Track & Field, 10k Road, ½ Marathon, Marathon or XC Championships. Athletes in the Combined Events must compete in an individual event at the BC Track & Field Championships.
Exemption 1: Injury or Illness. Notification must be provided prior to the start of the BC Championships. Only notification from a medical doctor will be accepted;
Exemption 2: Competing on an Athletics Canada, BC Athletics or TeamBC team. Notification must be provided to the BC Athletics technical manager (Chris.Winter@bcathletics.org) before or at the time of selection to such teams;
Exemption 3: Domestic Affliction. Defined as a personal or family tragedy, incident or emergency that does not allow an athlete to attend the BC Championships, or accept selection to a BC Team. Notification must be made to the BC Athletics technical manager (Chris.Winter@bcathletics.org) as soon as it is possible to do so;
Exemption 4: Education, Exam or Graduation Commitment. A letter from a “school representative” must be provided to BC Athletics Technical Manager (Chris.Winter@bcathletics.org) prior to the start of the BC Championships or selection to a BC Team.
*Exemptions are provided to excuse an athlete from their obligation to compete in a BC Athletics Championships. Note however, that an athlete who receives an exemption will not receive performance points for “Placing at a Provincial Championships”. An exception to this rule is for those athletes competing on an Athletics Canada, BC Athletics or TeamBC team. These athletes will score placing points based on their placing at National Championships among BC Athletes.