I have read, understand and will follow the requirements as stated in the T.O.P Funding Policy and as outlined below:
1. Athletes must be Canadian citizen or have landed immigrant status and be pursuing their citizenship prior to application deadline. Documentation may be requested.
2. Athletes who compete internationally for another country are ineligible to receive T.O.P funding.
3. Athletes must be a residence of Edmonton, Alberta and/or surrounding area for six months prior to August 31st of the funding year. According to the Edmonton Track and Field Council Bylaws, this is indicated as a 50km radius from the center of Edmonton.
4. Athletes must be a member of an Athletics Alberta registered “A” Level Track and Field Club at the time of their performance and remain a member of an Athletics Alberta registered club in the year that the funds are being distributed.
5. Athletes are eligible to receive funding if they transfer mid-year between Athletics Alberta registered clubs that are located within the Edmonton area. An athlete becomes ineligible to receive funds if they transfer to a club outside of the Edmonton area in the year that funds are being distributed.
6. Athletes must submit their Athletics Alberta registration form and appropriate documentation prior to October 30th of the funding year to be considered for T.O.P funding.
7. Athletes attending a non-Canadian educational institution will only receive funding for the months between November 1 – October 30 that they are training or competing in/for an Athletics Alberta registered club within the Edmonton area. Funds must be used in accordance to their educational institution’s policies (e.g. NCAA funding guidelines).
8. Athletes returning to Edmonton following the completion of an athletics scholarship at a non-Canadian educational institution will be eligible for T.O.P funding for the same funding year provided they meet residency requirements.
9. Athletes shall abstain from the non-medical use of drugs or the use of performance-enhancing drugs or methods. The T.O.P adheres to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. Any infraction under this Program shall be considered an infraction of this Code and may be subject to loss of T.O.P funding. Athletes who breech the Canadian Anti-Doping Program will be required to repay any funding that they received from the T.O.P during the current funding year.
10. All athletes and coaches are expected to utilize the appropriate T.O.P forms provided when documenting and submitting information for review:
i. Injury Application Form (Medical – Exemption Form)
ii. Medical Documentation Form (Medical – Exemption Form) from a Medical Doctor with a description of the injury or illness, the rehabilitation program and the prognosis for recovery.
iii. Exemption Request Form (Exemption - Form) showing approval from Athletics Alberta with a date, signature, etc.
11. All T.O.P Identified athletes will be required to:
i. Have a meeting with the T.O.P Director to review plans and discuss other opportunities (i.e. competitions, training, providers, volunteer opportunities, IST, etc.) if needed.
ii. Sign and submit the T.O.P Athlete Agreement Form.
iii. Submit a yearly training plan.
iiii. Submit all receipts to the T.O.P Director for reimbursement by October 30, 2019.
v. As an athlete in the Talent Optimization Program, you will be required to volunteer within the track and field community during the funding period.