The objective of Athletics Canada’s high performance program is to create sustainable success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and at the World Championships.
- Success at the Olympic Games and at the IAAF World Championships is defined by medallists and finalists.
- At the Paralympic Games and IPC World Championships success is measured through gold medallists.
- The high performance program is comprised of three layers of support:
- High performance Hubs, whom all carded athletes have access to, are defined by quality coaching, critical mass of elite athletes and access to appropriate facilities and services. Athletes can choose to live and train in a Hub environment or drop in with their coach to access first-rate services.
Coach based support [CBS]
- Coach based support is available to coaches working with a group of top international athletes. Coach based supported athletes are training outside of a High Performance Hub and have their own budget that is inclusive of Sport Science / Sport Medicine Services as well as support for training camps and competitions
- Within the Olympic stream this means a minimum of one individual finalist from the 2013 IAAF World Championships and a minimum of one individual with the potential to finish top 8 at the 2016 Olympic Games
- In the Paralympic stream coach based support is defined as having a minimum of one individual gold medallist from the 2013 IPC World Championships and a minimum of one individual gold medallist at the 2016 Paralympic Games
Athlete based support [ABS]
- Athlete based support is available to athletes who have placed in a final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships or won individual gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games and / or 2013 IPC World Championships.
- Athlete base supported individuals are senior carded athletes training outside of a High Performance Hub. Coaches of athlete base supported athletes are not under contract with Athletics Canada but are compensated for their job.