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Athlete Assistance Program Criteria

The purpose of this document is to present the criteria for the determination of the Swimming Canada / Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program (AAP). The target audiences for this document are athletes and the coaches of such athletes who now access or wish to access the program.

In general, the AAP (Carding) recognizes the commitment a swimmer makes to long-term training and competitive programs and seeks to relieve some of the pressures associated with participation in international sport. In particular, the AAP provides financial assistance to Canadian high-performance swimmers to assist them in seeking enhanced training opportunities intended to progress their performances. To this end, the assistance helps swimmers with their training and competition needs and is paid directly to the swimmer.

The AAP objective is to support Canadian athletes identified and nominated by Swimming Canada as performing at or having the greatest potential to achieve top 8 results at Olympic/Paralympic Games and World Championships. The coach remains a critical component of the process and in conjunction with Swimming Canada manages and directs the swimmers training plan. The AAP is the only Sport Canada program to provide direct financial support for athletes.

ATTENTION March 18, 2020 – The High Performance leadership staff recognize that the COVID-19 related municipal, provincial and federal government directives, and the evolving world-wide situation is having an impact on training facility access and the mandatory competitions which are listed in the current 2019-2020 AAP Carding Criteria. COVID-19 will also impact the qualification events for the 2020-2021 AAP Carding Criteria. These circumstances will change the manner in which the posted 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 AAP Carding Criteria would be applied.

Swimming Canada’s High Performance leadership staff are continually monitoring the implications and the Carding Criteria documents will be reviewed and revised in due time. Consultation with Sport Canada will be required for all related revision recommendations. Communication of the approved revised carding criteria documents will follow at the earliest opportunity.

ATTENTION June 22, 2020 – The resource section below outlines the 2020-2021 AAP Carding Strategy as Approved by Sport Canada.

ATTENTION April, 2021 –Swimming Canada is carefully following the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and how it may impact the application of the AAP carding criteria for the November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022 cycle. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, and with the approval of Sport Canada, Swimming Canada reserves the right to modify the published AAP criteria based on the best available information. Any modifications will be made promptly and will be communicated to all affected individuals, and published to the Swimming Canada website without delay.

Resources
Name Resource
2021-2022 AAP CARDING CRITERIA _9Apr2021 AAP-CARDING-CRITERIA-2021-2022-Final_9Apr2021.pdf
2020-21 Olympic Program AAP Carding Strategy 2019-20-to-2020-21-Olympic-Program-Roll-over-AAP-Carding_COVID-19.pdf
CARDING CRITERIA 2019-2020 v.7_20Feb2019(revised 15May2019) CARDING-CRITERIA-2019-2020-v.7Approved_20Feb2019revised-15May20192.pdf
CARDING CRITERIA 2018-2019 v.5 FINAL-25Jan2018 udated15May2018 CARDING-CRITERIA-2018-2019-v.5-FINAL-25Jan2018-15May2018-w-appendices.pdf