Calgary Based Training Centre
The Academy will continue to offer two options for training in the upcoming 2019-20 season. One Team – Two Locations – Canmore and Calgary. This will be our second year running a Training Centre in Calgary allowing athletes to excel in cross-country skiing while studying in the program of their choice at the University of Calgary.
Q & A
How is the Calgary Based program structured?
Training at the Calgary based Training Centre, you are able to decide if you want to train on a full year basis with the Academy or an 8-month (school calendar year) basis, providing individual flexibility around where you live and the depth of annual support you are looking for. The program allows you to move between the Calgary and Canmore based programs freely, as it suits your goals for your academic and training/racing life and you can even decide to go home for the summer to train with your home club, if that is something that works best for you. Price structure of the program will be similar to our current Academy price. Team fees for the 2018-19 season are $458/month on an annual basis. We expect to have our 2018-19 Team Fees established by mid-January 2019.
What does the training schedule look like?
The training schedule for all athletes in the Calgary Based program is designed to facilitate full-time studies. Mid-week training is based from the University area that boasts excellent inner-city options for running, hill work and rollerskiing. Weekend training varies between Calgary and the Bow Valley. Camps are organized with Canmore athletes when possible and the whole team travels together for races.
Who will be coaching this program?
The Alpine Insurance AWCA High-Performance Director and Head Coach, Chris Jeffries leads this new model for athletes. This is more than a club, as athletes are leveraging our current integrated support team (IST), offering the same services we provide our athletes in Canmore. Our IST services are based at the Calgary Sport Institute that also supports the Canmore National Ski Team athletes; physiology/testing, strength, sport psychology, paramedical services and nutrition.
Who is this program targeted to?
Developing athletes whose post-secondary education is as important to complete as high performance in cross-country skiing. Athletes who are motivated in pursuing both goals at the same time.
What is the criteria of selection for the program?
Each athlete will be looked at based on performance. For example – Top 10 at Nationals, Top 5 at Noram, Top 3 at a Provincial Cup and training history. We want to get away from the CPL model; performance on individual races is more what we will focus on.
What is the annual racing/training/camp calendar?
We will prioritize Academics without sacrificing training and performance goals. We will be modelling our racing calendar against U Sport and NCAA program schedules, attending races that make sense for our Academic Calendar. The calendar will be designed for ultimate success in your university studies.
How can I find out more?
You can email Chris directly firstname.lastname@example.org or you can easily direct message us on Instagram. We look forward to talking to you
For more information on our current Canmore program, please see our program guidelines page: Program Guidelines
Interested in applying at our Calgary Based Training Centre
You have questions, email us at email@example.com or direct message us on Instagram.
Testimonials from parents:
“Amanda wanted to attend university as well as further pursue competitive cross country as it is her passion. It was a big decision deciding where to invest her time and talent after high school. The choice of the Alberta World Cup Academy is one of the best decisions we have made and continue to be very impressed.
Amanda is studying math at the University of Calgary. It is ranked within the top 10 schools in Canada and offers many facilities of study to choose from. We believe she is getting an excellent education.
In addition, the Academy offers Amanda an opportunity to train with other athletes that are nationally ranked in a very supportive and fun team environment. The Academy has outstanding coaching based in Calgary.
The proximity to Canmore offers a great location to train and is very convenient for a number of racing events.
We are very happy to fully endorse the Academy that allows for a great academic and training experience for Amanda. “