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.

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