Athlete Assistance Program
The Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is a sport funding program that contributes to the pursuit of excellence through its contribution to improved Canadian athlete performances at major international sporting events, enabling athletes to combine their sport and academic or working careers while training intensively in pursuit of world-class performances.
Athletes who are approved for funding and are financially supported through the AAP are referred to as Carded Athletes. AAP support is referred to as Carding. For more information, see the AAP Policies, Procedures and Guidelines or contact email@example.com.
The AAP’s objectives are:
- to financially support Canadian athletes identified by National Sport Organizations (NSOs) using criteria established by Sport Canada as performing at or having the greatest potential to achieve top 16 results at Olympic/Paralympic Games and World Championships;
- to assist Canada’s carded athletes in preparing to engage in full- or part-time career activities; and
- to enable Canada’s carded athletes to participate in year-round national training and competition regimes to further their athletic goals.
As stated in the Sport Canada AAP Policies and Procedures, “NSOs may nominate Eligible Athletes for senior or development cards according to their published NSO approved AAP compliant carding criteria up to the maximum of the monetary value of the senior card quota.” Taekwondo Canada has received a quota of seven cards with a total monetary value of $126,000.
As outlined in the 2013 Carding Criteria, this year, athletes needed to meet very specific performance requirements after its publication in order to meet eligibility for carding. Further, athletes must also meet requirements such as policies for development cards as stated in the AAP Policies and Procedures.
Athletes have been nominated based on the Sport Canada approved Taekwondo Canada 2013 Carding Criteria. Review of nominated athletes and final approval of the below listed athletes are validated by Sport Canada and are in accordance with Sport Canada AAP Policies and Procedures.
Sport Canada and Taekwondo Canada list of approved athletes for AAP funding: