National Capital Region Cycling Bursary
The National Capital Region Cycling bursary has granted a total of nearly $60,000 since 2000, all of which has been paid directly to the development of local athletes.
Where does the money come from
The largest contributors to the bursary are the Cyclery - Tour de France pool, Ride with Rendall – mid week Gatineau Park A-loop spirited training event, and the OCA. These are followed by the OBC, Criterium Series participants, generous individuals, and seasonally various cycling clubs. Without this annual support the bursary would not survive.
The National Capital Region has developed a successful and sustainable set of sports events to accommodate local athletes. However, in order to progress at any sport the athlete must leave the local area and attend events that attract a greater talent pool. At the highest level these events are both National and International. The purpose of the NCR Cycling Bursary is to financially assist top local athletes to attend these events. Past recipients have used the funds to attend Canada Cup mountain bike races in B.C. or self funded National Team training camps and projects both in the United States and Europe.
In 1999 Seenite Sports was inspired at the annual "Bikers Bash" after an espoir athlete organized a 50/50 draw to help support his efforts to race in Europe. During that winter Seenite Sports formed a bursary to help support the top ranked espoir athlete from the National Capital Region. With a financial commitment from Full Cycle and Seenite Sports criterium series the year 2000 bursary totalled $600. The recipient, Marc Andre Salois used the funds to assist with a self-funded National Team project in Europe. During the fall of 2000 we approached the Ottawa Bicycle Club in regards to contributing to the bursary. The board of directors agreed to fund $400.00 bringing the amount of the 2001 bursary to $1000.00. The recipient of the second bursary was Colin Burn who used the funds to help support a season of competition in France that was successful enough for him to be invited back with a French team for a second year. The success of the bursary is reflected by the generous contributions of individuals and several local clubs and cycle shops. In 2004, the bursary was expanded to include a broader age range of athletes, however priority will be given to espoir-aged applications.
How to Apply?
The Bursary is open to all CCA licensed athletes from the National Capital Region. We place emphasis on applications from espoir athletes however we will consider both younger and older athletes. Application for the bursary should include the following information:
Name, Address, Phone, Date of Birth, Club, and Coach.
An outline of goals for the upcoming year and beyond, including major events you hope to attend and training camps that are located outside the National Capital Region.
A list of results separated by both year and discipline if the candidate competes in road, mountain, track and cyclo-cross.
A statement about how a bursary would be used.
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seenite Sports coordinates a committee that ranks the potential recipients based on their resume and requests for follow up information. Before an announcement is made Seenite Sports presents the committee’s recommendation to the major financial contributors for their comments. When all parties agree, the recipients are then informed before the release of a public announcement.
If I win, am I required to do anything?
A successful candidate is required to thank in person the business and in writing to the sports organizations that contribute to the bursary. Since we have numerous individual contributions that range from $5 - $200 Seenite Sports will provide a successful candidate with contact information.
Who contributes to the Bursary?
The following organizations, businesses and individuals have contributed to the bursary at some time. We thank each of you for being so generous. If you have donated and I have missed your name then please let me know:
The Cyclery – Tour de France Pool
MEC Summer Century Ride
Ride with Rendall – Tuesday night A-loop in the Park
Paul O'Blenes and Amanda Shaw
Dr. Duane Smith (Westboro Chiropractic)
Vicki Thomas & Mark Boudreau
Velocity Cycling Team
Numerous individuals that contribute between $5 and $20 at the mid-week critierium
How can I contribute to the Bursary?
Contributions to the bursary are welcomed at the Tuesday night criterium series held at the NRC or by contacting National Capital Region Cycling (email@example.com) or Ross Knight:
259 Atlantis Ave.