Event Teams

EVENT TEAMS refers to the athletes selected to represent Canada at International and Continental Competitions.

Selections to Event Teams are separate from selections to the High-Performance Program (HPP).

This page describes the framework for athlete selections to International and Continental Series Competitions for the 2021-2024 Olympic Cycle. The specific dates and details for each year will be published separately.

Note: 2021 Event Teams Selection Dates and Guidelines will be posted as CEC confirms International Events and only if conditions allow the safely of Canadian attendance.

Expect several adjustments and modification for 2021 due to ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic related reasons.  

CEC selects Event Teams for the following competitions:

  • Major Games – Olympics, Pan American Games, World Multi-Sport Games
    • Selection Criteria for these events is determined by the governing bodies for each (i.e IOC for Olympics).
  • IFSC World Championships, World Cups and Pan American Series Events
  • Additional Select Continental Series Events

Senior Event Teams

  • Selections will be based on Continuous National Ranking (CNR) and event quotas from governing bodies.
  • Event Team Selections will be made at multiple points throughout calendar year
    • allows for movement in CNR and opportunities for more athletes to be selected for events.
    • The dates and details for ALL event teams selections will be published at least 2 months prior to the first International Event in the calendar year.
    • Notification of Selection to an Event Team will be made a minimum of 1 month in advance, however, every effort will be made to position event team selections as far in advance as possible.
  • Olympic Cycle progression:
    • Years 1 and 2:
      • In order to provide opportunities at IFSC World Cups for as many athletes as possible:
        • Athletes may be selected to a limited number of events with the following exceptions.
          • Athletes in Top 40 of WR at the time of each Event Team Selection: no event limit. Applies to individual discipline WR only.
          • If the number of Canadian athletes in the Top 40 of WR is greater than available quota, selections will be made based on highest WR.
    • Year 3 – Olympic Qualification Year:
      • Priority Selection to Olympic and National Squads (athletes who are tracking toward Olympics as shown through year 1 and 2 results)
        • Combined athletes in Olympic and National Squads (Lead/Boulder) WR will have priority over Lead or Boulder only athletes. 
        • If the number of athletes in the Olympic and National Squads is greater than available quota, selections will be made based on highest WR.
    • Year 4 – Olympic Year
      • Priority Selection to Olympic Squad
        • If the number of athletes in the Olympic Squad is greater than available quota, priority will be given to athletes who are still in Olympic Qualification process over athletes who are already qualified for Olympic Games.
  • Minimum Performance Standards
      • Speed – in addition to meeting guidelines above for selection, speed only athletes must meet minimum times (established in official competition) outlined within the HPP and Event Team Selection details for each Year.

Youth Event Teams

Youth B

  • Selections will be based on most recent Youth National Championships.

Youth A and Junior

  1. Athletes in the Senior High-Performance Program:
    1. Selected to Youth Event Teams based on CNR at the time of event team selection.
    2. Have priority over athletes outside Senior HPP.
  2. Athletes not in the Senior High-Performance Program:
    1. Selected to remaining Youth Event Team quota spots based on results from most recent Youth National Championships.

Event Team Support

CEC will support event teams at select competitions with a minimum of 1 team official.

Athletes may attend select events without team officials at the discretion of the HPD and HPP Head Coach after consideration of the following factors:

  • Location of Event.
  • Travel and Accommodation Logistics.
  • Athlete readiness (maturity, self-reliance, experience, * personal support in attendance).

* Personal support includes family and/or personal coaches. Please note that these individuals cannot be granted Team Canada official designation for the purpose of entering the field of play (isolation etc) or filing appeals.

  • Athlete Performance Trends.

Travel and Accommodation

Team Travel and Accommodation policies and guidelines will be detailed in the Athlete Handbook. Coming Soon.

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