OLYMPIC ASPIRATIONS – Many athletes who enter the Athlete Enhancement Program do so in hopes of achieving Olympic goals

OLYMPIC ASPIRATIONS – Many athletes who enter the Athlete Enhancement Program do so in hopes of achieving Olympic goals

Deadline for Athlete Enhancement Program approaching

The Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) – Central in Red Deer is now accepting applications for

The Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) – Central in Red Deer is now accepting applications for the Athlete Enhancement Program (AEP).

The application deadline for this year’s program is Sept. 15th.

A $50 application fee is required with submission of forms. The cheque will only be cashed for successful applicants.

The ASDC is excited about the revamped AEP season this year. To help accommodate the competitive season, the program has been separated into two seasons.

The fall intake will be from October to February and the winter intake will be from February to May. Each season will include mental skills training, nutrition and one other complementary session. There will be an overlap of winning edge seminars to accommodate both fall and winter sessions.

These sessions include sport injury, public speaking, media training and time management.

Once again, ASDC will offer the Train to Win (T2W) which is designed for national/international athletes who require a more advanced sport science program.

T2W will provide one-on-one services for the advanced athlete in conjunction with their coaches.

Eligible athletes and their coaches will be involved in designing the program based on individual needs.

Services may include, sport specific fitness testing and training, VO2 max testing, individual nutrition analysis or sessions, individual mental skills training, Dartfish Biomechanical Analysis, athletic therapy, massage therapy or chiropractic treatment or other services as deemed necessary for you as an athlete to grow in your sport.

Alumni of the Athlete Enhancement Program have gone on to compete in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Pan-Am Championships, national and provincial championships, X-Games, the WHL, CIA, ACAC and NCAA scholarships.

The Athlete Enhancement Program is open to all team sport and individual sport athletes who are approaching or have performed at provincial and/or national level competitions.

Successful applicants will be selected from a broad spectrum of sports. The Athlete Enhancement Program will provide access to performance testing, strength and conditioning, nutrition, mental training/sport psychology, biomechanical analysis and sport medicine/therapy support all at no cost, excluding the administration fee.

This is a great opportunity for emerging athletes from Red Deer and Central Alberta to benefit from a well-rounded experience in order to improve in their respective sport.

Applications are available at the ASDC office (Room 904), located in Red Deer College. They may also be obtained online at www.asdccentral.ca. For more information on the Athlete Enhancement Program contact Gwen Farnsworth at 403-342-3231.

Submitted by Gwen Farnsworth of the Alberta Sport Development Centre