Elite Athlete Program at Quest University Canada

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Quest University Canada attracts students from all over the world, mainly because of its unique block program, small class size, and location. The 60-acre campus is located on the edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park, and is surrounded by numerous lakes, hiking trails, and camping parks. From the university’s campus, you can see the spectacular Tantalus mountain range and Howe Sound, Canada’s southernmost fjord. In addition, Quest is located approximately one hour away from Vancouver and 45 minutes from Whistler; both worldwide known places, visited by thousands of tourists each year.

However, it is the Elite Athlete Program at Quest University Canada that attracts even more students. This program is structured to accommodate the unique needs of student athletes and best allow them to pursue both an education and excellence in their athletic careers. The Elite Athlete Program specifically caters to athletes pursuing their sport at a professional or highly competitive level, and currently it is the only program of its kind in North America. There are a few requirements to be eligible for this program, and athletes have to fulfill at least one of them. They have to either be a recognized athlete by the government of their country, be a sponsored athlete, or be registered with a sport governing body or organization.

Quest students, Rosalind Groenewoud (Roz G) and Keltie Hansen, two freestyle skiers representing Canada in 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Photo retrieved from pitchengine.com.

In order to balance busy training and competition schedules with academic coursework throughout the year, elite athletes can take up to eight years to complete their degree. Since Quest operates in the Block Plan, taking one course at a time, Elite Athletes can choose which months are optimal for academic pursuit on campus and which months need to be dedicated to training and competition. This way they are both getting an education and following their career pursuits.
Since many of the Elite Athletes have individualized training schedules and competition, their housing, meal-plan, and payment requests are individually reviewed. To read more about these options, please follow this link http://www.questu.ca/admission/applying_to_quest/elite_athlete_program.php


Something else worth mentioning is the Elite Athlete scholarships. In recognition of their athletic achievement, Elite Athletes are granted $10,000 Quest University Canada Scholarship once they are accepted to the program. However, they are also eligible for additional scholarships and need-based awards. More information can be found here, http://www.questu.ca/admission/costs_financial_assistance/merit_based_scholarships.php

What inspired me to write this blog post about the Elite Athlete Program, was an article recently posted in Vancouver Sun, about one of our athletes Leah Kirchmann.  Leah  was a member of Quest Elite Athlete Program until last year when she graduated from Quest. She is a pro cyclist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Leah has shown a great performance in many races, from winning the Best Young Rider prize in 2012 Tour Feminin de l’Ardeche in France, to winning silver medal in 2012 Pan American Championships in Argentina. Her next goal is to compete in 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Leah Kirchmann, on the far left. Photo taken by Rob Jones.

If you would like to read the article recently posted about Leah and her future races, recently posted in Vancouver Sun, please follow this link http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Tour+Delta+champ+Leah+Kirchmann+ready+challenges/10008957/story.html 

In addition, please stay tuned for another blog in the following weeks, about the Elite Performer Program at Quest.


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