Seniors, Wellness and Social Development
December 23, 2014

Provincial Government Committed to Athletic Excellence

Athletes Encouraged to Apply for Athletic Excellence Funding

Applications for the 2015 Athletic Excellence Fund - a program which provides financial support for provincial athletes, coaches and officials, are now available online.

"The Athletic Excellence Fund is a program that was enhanced in 2014 to streamline all provincial sport funding opportunities available to athletes, coaches and officials. This process has seen some great progress and the feedback we have received has been quite positive. Our government remains committed to sport in the province. We have made great strides with sport achievement, sport development, and support for individuals who are striving for excellence in their chosen athletic endeavours."
- The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development

The Athletic Excellence Fund encompasses the Premier's Athletic Awards, Team Gushue Awards, Elite Athlete Assistance Program and Sport NL Scholarships.

Athletes can apply for funding through more than one program, but are only required to complete and submit one application. Applicants must be a current member in good standing with their respective Provincial Sport Organization. Approved applicants may receive funding from more than one of the four programs; however, athletes will only receive a Premier's Athletic Award or Elite Athlete Assistance, not both.

Completed applications are to be forwarded to the applicable Provincial Sport Organization on or before January 30, 2015. For more information and an application, visit:


  • Applications for the 2015 Athletic Excellence Fund are now available online at:
  • To date, the Athletic Excellence Fund has provided $974,000 in financial support to athletes in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Since the launch of Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador: A Recreation and Sport Strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador in 2007, approximately $192 million has been committed to recreational and sport infrastructure, programming, and athlete development throughout the province.
  • The Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development was created, in part, to bring more focus to government-wide efforts to promote physical activity, healthy eating and other wellness initiatives.

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Media contact:

Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development
709-729-0928, 697-5061

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