The Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) is a program run through the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) to develop and enhance a world-class high performance athlete and coach development system in Ontario. Through this initiative, the Ontario Cycling Association is able to obtain resources, including access to sport science expertise, facilities, and equipment, to build a high performance pathway for international athlete success. This system is created in alignment and partnership with Cycling Canada coaches and directors.
The overarching goal of OHPSI is to:
“To identify, develop, and support Ontario athletes best capable of achieving future international podium success on senior national teams in targeted summer and winter Olympic/Paralympic Games and Pan/Parapan American Games sports.”
The OCA OHPSI program has been developed to identify athletes currently demonstrating the potential for international success and provide them the resources, opportunities, and support to get to the next level of their athletic careers. The program is NOT intended to replace athlete involvement with their club or personal coach training but rather provide additional enhanced opportunities for development. It is important that athletes and parents understand the goal of this initiative is to support athletes “best capable of achieving future international podium success” and therefore will require athletes to commit to prescribed training and competition opportunities.
The following criteria are used for selection of athletes into the OHPSI program. Simply meeting criteria does not guarantee entry into the program. Final decisions will be made through the OCA High Performance Managers and Coaching staff in-conjunction with Cycling Canada and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario personnel.
Athlete Selection Process
The program is designed for athletes under the age of 23 [para-athletes excluded]
- Athletes selected for a development or junior card by Cycling Canada who are not in a fully supported Cycling Canada program.
- Athletes selected to World Championships [MTB/Road/Track/BMX/Para]
- Athletes placing in the top five (5) at U19/U23 Road/MTB Nationals; top three (3) Track Nationals*; National Champion BMX*.
- Athletes identified as having future international potential by OCA High Performance Staff based on results from: National Championships [MTB/Road/Track/BMX/Para]; Canada Cups [MTB/BMX]; Tour de Releve Rimouski; Tour De L’Abitibi; Defi-Sportif; and other high level competitions.
*May be subject to review based on number of competitors