from grassroots to world class
The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) created the OHPSI program to provide leadership, coaching support, training and competition expenses, sport science services, equipment and technology and facility access to targeted athletes.
The Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP) is funded by the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and operates through the Sport, Recreation and Community Programs Branch. The overarching goal of the OAAP is directly related to the Enhanced Excellence goals of the Canadian Sport Policy to increase the number of high-performance Ontario athletes selected to national teams and contribute to podium achievements of Canada at international competitions.
The Ontario Development Team Program's goal is to support the development needs of younger athletes who have demonstrated the potential to achieve international performances in the future, as well as athletes who were nominated to the OHPSI program and/or the OAAP in the previous year. Nomination to the Ontario Development Team has no financial contribution associated with the program, rather, athletes will receive support to participate in sport-specific testing, training and monitoring.
U14 ACADEMY TEAM
The U14 Academy Team Program's goal is to identify and support talented athletes early in their development. Nomination to the U14 Academy Team has no financial contribution associated with the program, rather, identified athletes will receive sport-specific and fitness training through regional activities. Additional services may be available depending on CKO Sprint’s yearly financial plan.
CKO Sprint has developed a Paracanoe Talent Identification & Talent Transfer program. The program provides support to talented Para athletes within our sport and recruits elite Para athletes from other Para sports. The goal of the program is to identify, recruit and train talented athletes and coaches to reach international podium performances within three (3) to four (4) years.
In partnership with Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) and Special Olympics Ontario (SOO), CKO Sprint is recognized as a 'Partners in Play' sport by SOO. The partnership will assist member clubs in their programming by increasing the opportunities for paddlers with intellectual disabilities. Events include Ontario Summer Games and Ontario Championships.
Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
In alignment with CKO Sprint's Strategic Plan, we're pleased to announce a new initiative that aims to bring programs and awareness of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to our sport. With support from CKO Executive Director, Orest Stanko, and the CKO Sprint Board of Directors, the committee is led by Kerri-Ann Redwood, Chair and Ryan Blair, Technical Director.
Ontario Mentoring Program
The objective of the Ontario Mentoring Project (OMP) is to foster meaningful relationships and encourage a sense of fulfilment in sport and life by supporting athlete development. Building a community among Canoe Kayak Ontario (CKO) Sprint athletes by normalizing the communication between experienced and development athletes is the primary goal.
CKO Sprint's NxStage Program is geared toward athletes looking to transition from high-performance competition to furthering education and career development. NxStage focuses on three stages of transition including athlete wellness and support, professional growth and development, and continuing involvement in sport.
Stage 1 of NxStage is here to provide resources to understand:
What transitioning is
How to plan for a successful transition
How to combat mental health obstacles
How to adjust your nutrition and physical activity
WELLNESS & SUPPORT
Stage 2 of NxStage provides athletes with resources to:
Game Plan career counselling
CKO Sprint Internship opportunities, and
CKO Sprint Alumni Network.
NxStage Mentor Program
GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Stage 3 provides athletes with resources for:
Training and Competitive opportunities for: Sprint, Marathon, Surfski, SUP, and Leisure Paddling
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