Future Athlete Bursary Open for Applications

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Thursday, June 15, 2017 – Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) opened the application process for this year’s Future Athlete Bursary which will grant support to six up-and-coming rowers. Provided through the generous support of an individual donor, the bursaries are distributed to athletes who choose to continue their rowing and academic careers in Canada.

“With many rowers balancing both their time in the classroom and on the water, the Future Athlete Bursary provides support to help ease the load on Canadian student-athletes,” said Adam Parfitt, Athlete and Coach Pathways Director, RCA. “For athletes with their eye on the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the transition to the senior team takes enormous commitment and persistence. We’re grateful for the continued generosity from the rowing community who are supporting the needs of our next generation of athletes.”  

For interested athletes, please apply for the Future Athlete Bursary here. Applications will be accepted until July 1st, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. PT.

Applicants must be a current RCA member, be enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution, and a Canadian citizen under the age of 21 as of December 31. 

This year the program will distribute six bursaries of $2,500, supporting rowers who demonstrate a continued commitment in their pursuit of representing Canada. The bursary will consist of two payments, with the first payment being made to successful applicants in September 2017. The second and final payment will be made in January 2018.

This is a donor supported initiative. To continue support for the Future Athlete Bursary, please contact donorrelations@rowingcanada.org.

Future Athlete Bursary
Full details and eligibility requirements

With Rowing Canada Aviron’s mission to drive and inspire growth and excellence within Canada’s rowing community, RCA has established a financial support program targeted to support next generation athletes. First introduced in 2014, the Future Athlete Bursary is designed to support up-and-coming rowing athletes who remain in Canada while completing their post-secondary studies. Through a generous donation, RCA will provide financial support for up to six athletes of $2,500 each. Athletes who are selected will demonstrate a continued commitment to the pursuit of rowing in RCA’s high performance program.

Ideal candidates will have previously been a member of a team competing at the Canada Games, the CanaAmMex Regatta, at a World Rowing Junior or Under-23 event or have raced in RCA’s Junior Trials or Speed Orders Regatta in 2017.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Applicants must meet the following criteria, as well as demonstrate a desire and commitment to represent Canada in the sport of rowing. The athlete must be:

  • A current RCA member
  • A Canadian citizen under the age of 21 years as of December 31, 2017
  • Enrolled or accepted into a Canadian post‐secondary institution as of September 1, 2017

Successful athletes are expected to be:

  • Training and competing in their club/university program in the Fall 2017
  • Submitting September and November 2017 RADAR submissions
  • Racing at the 2017 National Rowing Championships

The Future Athlete Bursary will be accepting applications until July 1st, 2017. The bursary will consist of two payments, with the first payment being made to successful applicants in September 2017. The second and final payment will be made in January 2018.

HOW TO APPLY

Athletes who wish to apply for the Future Athlete Bursary must submit an application by July 1, 2017. Accompanying the application should be a supporting letter from a recognized coach and, if the athlete is under 18 at the time of application, a letter of support from the athlete’s parent or guardian.

For any questions regarding the Future Athlete Bursary, please contact Adam Parfitt.