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October 12/05 11:26 am - CCA News, New National Coaches, CAAWS Grants

Posted by Editor on 10/12/05

CCA News

The CCA has released its Quarterly Report for Q2. The full report can be found (in PDF form) Here. While COO Steve Lacelle acknowledges that not all goals have been met, it appears that the CCA is certainly on an improved track towards administrative and fiscal responsibility.

The key area that continues to require improvement is Development - the CCA is well behind on its objectives there and, as was seen at the recent world championships, continues to rely (for the most part) on existing stars. The Sprockids initiative in particular is behind schedule, with BTAC (Bicycle Trade Association of Canada) demanding answers for the funding it has put into this program.

Overall, we give the CCA an A- grade, which could improve to an A if the development programs improve.

CCA Names New National Team Coaches

October 11, 2005 (Ottawa, ON) - The Canadian Cycling Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen Burke as National Paralympic Head Coach, and Vincent Jourdain as Assistant National Road and Track Coach.

Both coaches are familiar faces in Canadian cycling. Burke has been involved with the Canadian Cycling Association's Paralympic programs since before the Sydney Paralympics, and until Sept. 30 was employed by the National Cycling Centre - Calgary, where he will continue to be based.

Jourdain has been coaching in Quebec since the early 1990s, and more recently worked as Quebec provincial coach. He will be based out of his home in St-Bruno and the Centre National de Développement Cycliste de Bromont in Quebec.

"I'm very happy that we have been able to hire Vincent and Stephen so quickly," said High Performance Director Kris Westwood. " One of our key goals this year was to build our strength in the coaching department, and I feel that we have made big strides by investing in these experienced and capable leaders."

Women In Sport Encouragement Grants Available
Courtesy CAAWS

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) announced today that it is offering twelve grants of $900 to active girls and women and/or organizations offering sport programs targeted to girls and women. The WISE (Women in Sport Encouragement) Fund was developed in response to the ongoing financial need within the sport community and will help fund MSO-NSO-PSO sport initiatives in an effort to help financially assist members of the sport community in Canada. This fund is provided by CAAWS with support from Sport Canada. Since 2004, CAAWS has supported 20 individuals and organizations through this fund, dispersing over $18,000 to members of the sport community.

National and Multi-Sport Organizations, as well as their provincial affiliates, are encouraged to apply. Individuals (such as athletes, coaches, officials) may also apply. Please feel free to forward this information within your community as you see fit. Note that details related to the WISE Fund criteria and application process can be found at Applications will be accepted between November 15th, 2005 and January 13th, 2006 and an announcement regarding the successful recipients will be made in March.


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