Athlete Fund

 

Overview

The Ottawa Rowing Club Athlete Fund was established in 2008 for the purpose of assisting Ottawa Rowing Club athletes in rowing endeavours that help to promote the sport and the Ottawa Rowing Club at the international level. In 2019 the ORC amalgamated the Athlete Fund and the Brian Adams fund with the goal of supporting high performance members of the ORC as well as supporting current or prospective rowers who demonstrate financial need. Currently, the fund serves both of those groups with a two-prong approach for which any members of the club who meet the eligibility requirements can apply.

Financial Assistance.

The Ottawa Rowing Club is committed to helping all athletes experience the sport of rowing. The club offers flexible payment plans for registration fees, seasonal employment opportunities, and the ORC Athlete Fund.

 

 

Club Recreational and Competitive Athlete Assistance Programs

There are several community funds that are available to families in financial need. The following organizations are active sponsors of athletic programs:

 

A. Ottawa Rowing Club Athlete Fund

The total amount provided to an athlete depends on whether the prospective candidate is participating in a recreational or competitive team; the size of the fund in that respective season; and the number of applicants.  The funds are paid directly to the Ottawa Rowing Club. The Club will redirect the funds to the recipient’s Amelia account to offset the athlete’s fees.

How do I apply? First ensure that you have applied for all the funding options listed below (Jumpstart, Kidsport, Their Opportunity,  Kiwanis) prior to applying for the ORC athlete fund.

  • Complete the APPLICATION FORM in PDF format and send it electronically to vp.competitive@ottawarowingclub.com before April 15, 2024. This is a confidential process.
  •  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at vp.competitive@ottawarowingclub.com

 

B. Canadian Tire – Jumpstart Program

  • Provides a maximum amount of $250/athlete for families in need of
    financial support.
  • Applications are accepted from January 15 – November 1.
  • If a confirmation letter is required to verify an athlete’s registration in an Ottawa Rowing Club program, please contact registrar@ottawarowingclub.com.
  • If a subsidy is granted to an athlete, the funds are paid directly to the Ottawa Rowing Club. The Club will redirect the funds to the recipient’s Amelia account to offset the athlete’s fees.

How do I apply? Complete the application form available from the Jumpstart website.

 

C. KidSport Ontario

  • Provides a maximum amount of $350/athlete for families in need of financial support.
  • If a confirmation letter is required to verify an athlete’s registration in an Ottawa Rowing Club program, please contact registrar@ottawarowingclub.com.
  • If a subsidy is granted to an athlete, the funds are paid directly to the Ottawa Rowing Club. The Club will redirect the funds to the recipient’s Amelia
    account to offset the athlete’s fees.

How do I apply? Complete the Application form available from the KidSport Ontario website.

 

D. Their Opportunity

  • Provides funding for children who come from a total combined household income of $45,000 or less to enroll in sport and recreational activities. The
    parents’ tax assessment is required from the previous year.
  • Once that child is funded they must go out in the community and volunteer to “pay it forward” to their community.
  •  If a confirmation letter is required to verify an athlete’s registration in an Ottawa Rowing Club program, please contact registrar@ottawarowingclub.com.

How do I apply?  Complete the Application form available from the Their Opportunity website.

 

E. Kiwanis Club of Ottawa

  •  With a priority on children’s health and fitness, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa provides funding to support families in need of financial support for summer camps.
  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis – by email request.
  • If a confirmation letter is required to verify an athlete’s registration in an Ottawa Rowing Club program, please contact registrar@ottawarowingclub.com.

How do I apply? Send an email or a letter stating your family financial situation, income and expenses, and how much you need for the program. Kiwanis Club of Ottawa

 

High Performance Assistance

Team selection for various international competitions typically occurs very close to the event, giving athletes little time to raise money for foreign trips, when costs aren’t covered by national sporting organizations.

For some events such as the Pan-Am Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games, athletes’ expenses for the actual event are fully covered (other than personal expenses). For other events, the athletes are responsible for all or the majority of their costs.

The Athlete Fund is intended for these individuals. By supporting ORC athletes pursuing rowing at the highest levels in the sport, we are helping raise the level of athlete aspirations at the club. Not only do these individuals standas role models for our current members but they are ambassadors for the club.

Their success helps to solidify the reputation of the Ottawa Rowing Club as a competitive clubable to produce high performance athletes, therefore attracting more athletes to the club. But above, all by supporting our athletes we show them how proud we are of their
accomplishments.

Athletes wishing to receive support from the Fund should complete the application form and submit it to vp.competitive@ottawarowingclub.com

Please find the various tiers of financial support for ORC performance athletes listed below:

 

Ottawa Rowing Club – Athlete Fund Assistance Program Tier Guide

 

Tier 1 – Olympic Rower/Alumni

$1000 Present or Former ORC Athlete who placed top ten in a Olympic/Paralympic discipline at senior world championships OR Athletes who have competed at Olympic/Paralympic Games in an Olympic/Paralympicyear

 

Tier 2 – Senior Development Athlete

$750 Sport Canada Carded athletes (SR, C1, D) who currently do not meet Tier 1 Qualifications

 

Tier 3 – Elite Athlete Assistance: Representing ORC Internationally

$500 Non-carded athletes who have been selected and compete at Senior or Junior World Championships in sports that are eligible for Sport Canada carding.