Monday, July 5, 2010

Paralympic success brings funding increase

Against expectations. the CCA says funding from both Own The Podium and Sport Canada will increase for the coming season.

"This means," said a very happy Gerry Peckham, the CCA high performance coach in overall change of the program, "that we will be able to enhance both grass root and high performance development via expanded programs and services."

No details as yet.

The top six wheelchair athletes at the end of the assessment year in June receive funding for the following year through the carding system; a monthly training stipend. The five members of the gold medal team receive full cards: Jim Armstrong, Darryl Neighbour, Ina Forrest, Sonja Gaudet, and Bruno Yizek. Bruno trades places with Chris Sobkowicz who now receives funding at "development" card level.

Sport Canada will monitor Jim Armstrong's future eligibility as events relating to his upcoming trial unfold.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any word on Armstrong, he was in court on July 6?

Anonymous said...

Isn't the forever conversation, that success brings further funding?

Anonymous said...

Now we have to concede that competitive AND grassroots funding has improved with our gold medal.

Anonymous said...

Talk is cheap. Lets see how the CCA helps the grassroots program.

Anonymous said...

Apparently Peckham specifically indicated there was an increase in grassroots funding. What needs to be determined is how it is used.

Anonymous said...

Who gets input into grassroots spending? Mr Peckham has shown it is not in his interest.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the previous blogger has a good point.......who in the CCA has the time or interest to iniate an effective grass roots campaign?

Anonymous said...

How much funding? How much last year from these sources, and how much next year?

How would we find out? Surely there is no reason to keep secret about this.

Eric Eales said...

I think Peckham saying there was to be an increase in funding indicates there is a willingness on the part of the CCA to be (more) open about resource issues.

Think of the CCA as a wholesaler, and individual curlers as retail customers. The CCA as an organization is not set up to deal with individual curlers. It works through provincial organisations. That is why wheelchair curlers have to organise into representative groups if they wish to influence the direction of their sport.

Anonymous said...

So what is the best way to utilize the funding?

Anonymous said...

I bet it goes to the present Team Canada Staff to use at their discretion.

Anonymous said...

How much do the team members get as carded athletes including the "developmental" card?