Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Canadian Sailing Team Division?
What is the ADC?
Who are the members of the ADC?
Who are the Staff members of the Canadian Sailing Team?
How do I qualify for the Canadian Sailing Team and Sport Canada Carding?
What do I receive as a carded athlete?
How are "Worlds Funding" and "Block Funding" calculated?
What Expenses can be claimed against World and Block Funding Allocations?
What types of Team Selection Criteria are utilized?
When will criteria relative to team selection be published?
The Canadian Sailing Team Division is responsible for the development and maintenance of the high performance sailing programs that will ensure Canada’s best performance at the Olympic Games and international competitions. The division operates at the national team level for Olympic and Paralympic Games, Pan Am Games and Olympic/Paralympic/ISAF World Championships.
The “ADC” is the Athlete Development Committee. The volunteer based committee responsible for establishing policy and criteria for the operation of the National Team Programs.
|ADC Chairperson:||Phil Gow|
|Olympic Development Committee Members:||
High Performance Director:
As a carded member of the Canadian sailing team you receive access to the following:
- Financial Assistance Program and Tax Receipting
- Direct Financial Support from CYA via Block Funding and Worlds Funding, this support does not cover the total costs of any single program but rather helps offset costs associated with your training and competition program.
- Access to CYA boat insurance program.
- Sport Canada Athlete Assistance - $1500/month for Senior Card athletes and $900/month for Development Card Athletes or those carded at Senior Card level for first time.
- Access to tuition and deferred tuition programs through Sport Canada.
- Access to coaching support as designated/approved for each class by the High Performance Director
- Assistance in developing and monitoring annual training plan.
- Voice at the CYA Board Directors, Olympic Development Committee and Executive Committee via athlete representative as selected by team members.
- Voice at Canadian Olympic Committee, Athletes Can.
- Correspondence via email, web-site and mail-outs regarding activities and direction of the Canadian Sailing Team and the Canadian Yachting Association.
- Services of one of the three designated Canadian Sport Centres (BC, Ontario, Atlantic)
- The benefits available through Athletes Can such as free cell phone and calling plans from Bell Mobility and free internet service from
Worlds Funding: Financial support designated by the CST to each athlete, to be used exclusively for the purpose of qualifying for and/or attending the World Championships in the class in which you are carded.
Block Funding: Financial support designated by the CST to each athlete, to be used to offset costs related to all other approved training/competitive events.
Reimbursement of funding for activities outside these parameters will only be based on a pre-approved agreement with the High Performance Director.
The athlete allocations are based on the overall budgetary limits of the association. Each Program / Athlete receives funding based on the priorities set out by the Olympic Development Committee working in conjunction and within the limits and directions of the Canadian Sport Review Panel.
The team is ranked according to the ranking structure set out in the annual Carding Criteria. Athletes ranking within tier 1-3 attract the lion’s share of the available CYA funding while those in tier 4 and development level receive significantly less.
A similar system exists for paralympic athletes.
The following expenses can be claimed against World or Block funding allocation forms:
|Actual return costs up to economy rates including connecting ground transportation. Original receipts, air coupons required.
Actual costs. Original receipts required.
Actual costs. Original receipts required.
Actual cost, including collision insurance. Original receipts required.
A rate of $0.36/km will be reimbursed. Gasoline receipts required.
A rate of $0.46/km will be reimbursed if towing. Gasoline receipts required.
|Boat Shipment:||Actual costs for container/shipping/airfreight/customs .... Original receipts required.|
|Hotel:||Most economical possible with original receipts. Hotel/Motel receipt is required, credit card slip only is not sufficient.
$13.50/day will be reimbursed without receipts.
|no receipts are required.
|Entry Fee:||Receipt required for actual entry costs.|
Objective Criteria will be utilized by the Olympic Development Committee in decisions relative to athletes in the following areas:
- National Team Status (i.e. selection to National Team for carding purposes, carding criteria is utilized)
- Major Games Teams (e.g. Olympic Team, Paralympic Team, Pan American Games Team and other appropriate "Major Games" Teams)
- CST Financial Support
- Block funding and Worlds blocks based on rank within team which is based on Carding Status:
Tiers 1-4 and Development Athletes
- The ODC reserves the right to provide financial assistance to additional athletes as identified by, but not restricted to, the following:
- "Elite" performers returning following "retirement" from Olympic Class sailing
- Youth/Development athletes having demonstrated elite international performance at age group events
- Recognized athletes’ having not achieved carding status
Areas where subjective criteria will be used in selecting athletes:
- Training events, not limited to camps and clinics where "closed" training events require number limits (i.e. quality control, organizing authority stipulation, etc...)
Where objective criteria as outlined above are utilized for selecting athletes for participation in activities, the criteria to be used will be published in advance as per the Athlete Agreement.
Where subjective criteria are utilized as outlined above, the time frame over which athletes are evaluated will be published. The subjectivity used in selection is not realistically defined, as then it becomes an objective measure. Instead the ODC subjective evaluation is based on coach opinion of what is most appropriate and fundamentally sound in achieving the goals of the association in consideration of athlete interests. This evaluation will include but is not limited to: past performance in training and competition, estimation of future performance potential, team chemistry, value of long term CYA investment and so on.