This U16 High-Performance Program (HPP) is an initiative that started in 2016 with consultations with Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA), The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport (MTCS) and the AOA member clubs. The program is collaborative in design, to work alongside club and regional programs and in no way replaces the existing club programs, their club/region camps and/or training days. Athletes in the U16 Program remain with their existing teams and clubs.
The goal of the U16HPP is to bring the best of the best athletes at the U16 level (born 2004 and 2005) together under common leadership to give these athletes improved athletic advantages while reducing costs and taking advantage of local resources.
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2019 PROGRAM & TIMELINES**:
AOA is looking for the most committed and talented 2004 and 2005 born athletes from across the province to participate in the third year of AOA’s high-performance program. The 2019 program is designed to increase the U16 athlete’s time on snow; raise their fitness level, increase encouragement and motivation; support the AOA clubs and engage with those athletes seeking high high-performance initiatives.
MARCH 1: Applications available via the AOA website. The link will be posted to this page when available.
APRIL 1: Applications due.
APRIL 8: Preliminary athlete selection.
May 11/12: Dryland fitness testing, York University, Toronto – Mandatory Participation for at least one day.
MAY 14: Athletes contacted regarding their selection to the program.
MAY 20: Athlete acceptance to AOA, in writing, along with a financial deposit.
JUNE CAMP*: Le Deux Alpes, France camp – June 30th – July 13th
JULY CAMP*: Mount Hood, Oregon – July 31st – August 11th
AUGUST CAMP*: El Colorado, Chile – August 10th – August 28th
Please note athletes in the 2019 program may attend a maximum of two camps.
The Grade 10 History credit will be made available for those registered in Chile Camp. This course is a combination of online work prior to camp, along with in-class work during the camp.
FALL FITNESS TESTING: Mandatory attendance for all program members. Date & location TBD.
*Camp dates are subject to change based on hill availability.
**While AOA will do its best to stick to these dates the timeline is subject to change as camps and flights are booked. Please stay close to this web page as we build our the 2019 program. Thank you.
Selections will be based upon athlete rankings at OCUP Mid Winters, OCUP FINALS, CANAM Finals and the May 11/12 fitness testing. (10% hold back for coach discretion). A maximum of 24 athletes will be accepted per camp.
RECOMMENDED FITNESS STANDARD
In order to take full advantage of the program, it is recommended that athletes be able to hit the minimums below.
Women: Beep Test-9, Box Jump-50 40cm box, Toes to Bar-3, Hex Railx3 both ways in under 39 sec.
Men: Beep Test-9.5, Box Jump-55 40 cm box, Toes to Bar-3, Hex Railx3 both ways in under 35.7 sec.
June Camp = $3,000 +HST*
July Camp = $2,800 +HST*
August Camp = $4,500 +HST*
All flights are in addition to these fees.
All mandatory insurance in addition to these fees.
Athletes may attend a maximum of two camps
*Prices Subject to change
U16 SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Heather Metzger – U16 Head Coach, Georgian Peaks Club
Graeme Buckrell – Head Coach, Osler Bluff Ski Club
Kip Harrington, OST Program Director and Head Coach
Jacques Reid, U14/U16 Head Coach, Craigleith Ski Club
Duncan Gibson-MacLean, AOA Competition Manager
The main outcome of the U16 Program is for AOA to strengthen its position and performance at the U16 level at higher level competitions. To do so AOA recognizes it must create a more consistent, competent athlete which is a collaborative initiative between clubs, regions, and AOA.
AOA is seeking to develop high-performance athletes and well-rounded human beings. These athletes will be able to use skills that will help them to adapt to any environment, thus enabling them to focus on their personal performance in any given situation.
“The AOA U16 HPP was a game changer for our daughter. She connected with the coaches who identified, explained and provided solutions in such a way that both engaged her and made her understand what she needed to do, and why it needed to be done that way. Ultimately the ski camp made it clear that at this stage of her skiing career, we need to ensure that she is receiving the highest calibre coaching to help her reach her full potential in this sport.” — Anonymous Parent.