Being on a national team or representing their country is a dream come true for many Saskatchewan athletes. The realization of this dream does not come without many challenges, personal sacrifices and financial hardships.
The Future Best program is specifically designed to assist those athletes who are in the “gap”. The gap is defined as the high performance developmental phase of an athlete’s career where they are involved in an intense level of training and competition with the personal goals and realistic potential of becoming a National Senior Team member, yet they have not reached carding status or been named to the National Senior Team.
Future Best receives on-going support from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund, however, thanks to the generous support of the 2005 Canada Games Host Society and the creation of the Canada Games Building Dreams and Champions Legacy Program, the fund will receive additional funding for the next four years (up to 2009-10). The first goal of the legacy program is to inspire dreams in Canada’s youth and encourage them to participate in sport and physical activity. The second goal is to build champions by providing the programs, tools and support young athletes need to reach and succeed at higher levels. This program supports the Canada Games movement as it broadens its focus from “Games only” to “Games and between Games” initiatives.
The following outlines the main parts of the application procedure for the Future Best Grant.
- Deadline for applications is October 1, annually;
- Provincial Sport Organizations(PSO) will be responsible for distributing application forms to those athletes who they identify as fully meeting the eligibility criteria;
- Athletes identified by their PSO, will be responsible for completing the application and forwarding it to their PSO who will forward it to Sask Sport Inc. for review;
- A volunteer committee of Sask Sport Inc. (consisting of a cross section of sport volunteers) will review all applications received. All applicants and the PSO will be notified as to the results of each review.
Many Future Best recipients have gone on to represent Canada at several international competitions including the Olympic and Paralympic Games – which is an indicator of the success of the program.
Please contact Michelle Dezell, Manager - Athlete Services