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Ontario High Performance Sports Initiative

posted Sep 8, 2010, 7:39 AM by Joel Hazzan

Ontario Canoe Sprint Racing Affiliation (OCSRA) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Canadian Sport Centre, Ontario (CSCO) which will provide a unique program designed to enhance the development of athletes who have been identified as being capable of achieving international success.


This program has been developed in cooperation with the CSCO and under the direction of the OCSRA, with the intention of establishing a clear pathway from Provincial programming to the National Team.


As an integral component to the success of this program, OCSRA is also pleased to announce that Joel Hazzan will be assuming the role of Head Coach and Technical Coordinator working with the identified athletes and their coaches in developing their individual training plans, and monitoring their progress throughout the year.  An important element of each training plan will be a focus on providing integrated support services which will be made available through the CSCO.


This new initiative has been made possible with new funding from the Province of Ontario – administered through CSCO.  Canoe/Kayak has been ranked as a Tier 1 sport at the national level and is also a Tier 1 Sport of the CSCO’s Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative Program. CSCO selected OCSRA as one of the inaugural sport’s for this new initiative based on meeting specific criteria established for the program.


“The CSCO developed and launched the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative earlier this year and we are excited to have OCSRA as one of the sports in Tier 1 of this program.  We believe that providing a clear performance pathway for athletes and coaches will help Ontario lead the way to the podium at the 2015 Pan Am Games and beyond,” said Debbie Low, President & CEO of the CSCO. “The partners have worked extensively over the past few months to align and pool the available funding resources to create the best possible system for Sprint Canoe Kayak in Ontario.”


OCSRA would like to thank the Canadian Sport Centre, Ontario, for providing the funds and incentive for this initiative.