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    • National Talent Squad Program Description and Selection Criteria 2014-15

      May 27, 2014

      The following athletes have been named to the 2014-15 National Talent Squad.

      Male Athlete

      Club

      Prov

      Female Athlete

      Club

      Prov

      Joey Foster

      Midland

      ON

      Zoe Williams

      Nakkertok

      QC

      Maks Zechel

      Nakkertok

      ON

      Marie Corriveau

      MSA

      QC

      Peter Hicks

      Canmore

      AB

      Delphine Duvernay Tardif

      Monteriski

      QC

      Caelan McLean

      Whitehorse

      YK

      Laura Leclair

      Chelsea Nordique

      QC

      Marcus Deuling

      Whitehorse

      YK

      Laurence Dumais

      Fondeurs - Laurentides

      QC

      Antoine Blais

      Skibec

      QC

      Lauren Turcot

      Canmore

      AB

      Edouard Reed-Metayer

      Skibec

      QC

      Avalon Wasteneys

      Strathcona Nordic

      BC

      William Dumas

      Chelsea Nordique

      QC

      Katie Weaver

      Hollyburn Cross Country

      BC

      Aaron Fahey

      Chelsea Nordique

      QC

      Kathleen Woods

      Bulkley Valley

      BC

      Gareth Williams

      Telemark

      BC

      Isabella Howden

      Team Hardwood

      ON

      Ryan Jackson

      Team Hardwood

      ON

      Sadie White

      Big Thunder

      ON

      The National Talent Squad program identifies approximately 20 young athletes both male and female between the age of 15 and 18 as future Training Centre athletes. The program is coordinated by CCC but delivered by the three National Development Centres (NDC’s) across Canada.  The goal of the National Talent Squad (NTS) program is to help prepare athletes for a training centre in the future.  By working with the NDC’s, they will gain the skills and knowledge required for a more seamless transition into a training centre within the coming years.

      Targeted group:

      • Best junior boys/girls (16-17) and considerations for top 15 year olds and possible 18 year olds that are late starters or demonstrating a strong progression (while not on a NDC already).
      • Full-time NDC athletes not eligible.
      • Balanced number of female athletes vs male athletes

      Team size: approximately 10 males and 10 females across the country and 1 coach from each represented club. CCC will provide partial but meaningful funding to assist NTS athletes and coaches with travelling and accommodation expenses when attending NDC camps or visiting NDC for regular “at home” training.

      Criteria: A selection committee considered the following markers to select athletes based on the following priorities:

      1.     Aggregate results of the Junior boys/girls category at 2014 Haywood Nationals

      2.     Ranking on Junior NST list as of April 1st, 2014 (combination of best 4 distance and best 2 sprint)

      3.     Discretionary choices for Force Majeure

      4.     Possible discretionary choices of athletes not quite ranking high enough on selection lists (under either 1 or 2 above) but that show a significant interest and commitment to their development and that have very few other HP development opportunities in their divisions. Recommended by HP Coordinators.

      National Talent Squad program components:

      • Personal club coaches are required to submit their athletes Yearly Training Program (YTP) and are welcome to seek advice or input from NDC coaches to help design their YTP;
      • Invitation and attendance of athletes and club coaches to a targeted NDC camp or home base training (including evaluations, presentations, etc) between April and November. These opportunities will benefit the athletes but may also benefit the athletes’ personal coaches depending on their state of professional development;
      • Potential occasional visits of NDC coach to the athletes and their club (depending on availability);
      • Ongoing communication and follow up between NDC coaches, the NTS athletes and their club coaches (suggested every 4-6 weeks);
      • Naturally occurring mentoring/counseling from older athletes at the NDC.


      NTS Athlete Condition of Acceptance: The NTS athlete prior to accepting their nomination must be able to accept the terms of participation as listed below:

      1. Complete questionnaire on goals as an athlete, strengths and weaknesses
      2. Attendance at minimum of either 1 NTS Camp and/or NDC home based training 
between April and November.