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Athletic Excellence Fund

The Athletic Excellence Fund is a strategic initiative supported by the Provincial Government's recreation and sport strategy, Active Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador. Funded by the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development in conjunction with Sport Newfoundland and Labrador, the Athletic Excellence Fund is designed to recognize athletic excellence of the province's athletes.

The Athletic Excellence Fund encompasses the Premier's Athletic Awards, Elite Athlete Assistance Program, Team Gushue Awards and SportNL Scholarships in one application.

Application process
One application is required

  • Completed and signed applications are to be forwarded to the relevant Provincial Sport Organization on or before January 27.
  • Completed applications with the necessary rankings by the relevant PSO are to be forwarded to SportNL on or before February 17 by the PSO.
  • Applications for coach education and certification are NOT funded through this program.
  • Applicants must be a current member, in good standing with their respective Provincial Sport Organization (PSO).
  • Athletes applying for more than one program should only complete and submit ONE application.
  • Athletes may receive funding from more than one program (Premier's Athletic Awards, Elite Athlete Assistance, Team Gushue Award or the SportNL Athletic Scholarship/ Bursary), however, athletes will only receive a Premier's Athletic Award OR Elite Athlete Assistance, not both.
  • Athletes applying for funding may do so once per calendar year.
  • Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.
  • Applications are available on the SportNL website: http://www.sportnl.ca/funding/

Premier's Athletic Awards

Program Overview

Funded by the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development, the Premier's Athletic Awards (PAA) is a component of the Athletic Excellence Fund designed to recognize athletic excellence of the province's athletes. Financial support is provided to selected athletes to help with costs incurred through training and competition. Athletes must be currently training and competing in the sport indicated and intend to continue to train upon receipt of their award.

Please note that the PAA is a competitive process and not all applicants will receive funding.

Eligibility

Athletes must meet the following criteria:

  • Athletes must be attending an educational institution on a full-time basis in the school year that is being evaluated. Exceptions will be made providing the athlete can substantiate (in writing) that his/her training program will not allow him/her to attend school full-time.
  • Athletes must be residents of Newfoundland and Labrador in the funding year. Exceptions to the residency requirement are:
    • An athlete may train out of province but his/her parent/ guardian maintains a permanent fixed address within this province.
    • He/she cannot receive the required level of training in Newfoundland and Labrador/ This could a result of lack of facilities, coaching, competition, etc.
    • He/she must attend a post secondary institution out-of-province because the course of study is not available in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    • Is it more financially feasible to attend a post secondary institution out-of-province.
  • Athletes must be a currently registered member of a Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) recognized by the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development.
  • Eligible athletes must compete and continue to compete for Newfoundland and Labrador at Canada Games, National and Atlantic competitions.
  • Athletes carded by the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program are NOT eligible under the Premier's Athletic Assistance Program BUT are eligible under the Elite Athlete Assistance program.

Application Review

  • Completed applications by athletes are to be forwarded to the relevant PSO on or before January 27.
  • Completed applications with the necessary rankings by the relevant PSO are to be forwarded to SportNL on or before February 17 by the PSO.
  • The PSO is responsible for ranking all applicants according to the evaluation criteria provided (please see Evaluation Process section).

Evaluation Process

  • The Awards Selection Committee will review recommendations made by PSO and will make final selections.
  • Awards are subject to recommendations by PSO, budget allocations, quality and number of candidates.
  • Athletic ability and merit are the main criteria for the selection procedure.

Athletes should indicate all relevant achievements in their sport.

Successful Applicants

  • Successful applicants will be sent an invitation to the Premier's Athletic Awards Reception. (Usually held in May each year)
  • Successful applicants must use funds to offset costs related to training and competition.
  • The athlete must currently be training and competing in the sport indicated and will continue to train upon receipt of an award.
  • Violation of the program's guidelines, terms and conditions may result in forfeiture of the Award.