The journey to becoming an Olympian is a long and tireless one; it requires hard work, determination, resilience, and a lot of heart. It is filled with wins, losses, heartbreak, celebrations, and years of effort. Along the way, you learn how to handle these situations, and how to overcome the ones that set you back in order to meet your final goal: The Olympic Games.

You have had the opportunity to practice tenacity, dedication, and perseverance on a daily basis. You understand what it’s like to face challenges and adversity. By sharing your experiences with children across Canada, you can lead by example, and help students understand and develop the skills necessary to thrive and succeed. When Team Canada Olympians share their experiences through the principles of sport, students can connect their own lives to the values of effort, fair play, and teamwork more easily. 

Team Canada Champion Chats is a recently launched program built to connect Team Canada Olympians and Paralympians with classrooms in Canada – from big cities to the most remote communities. On each chat, a group of 4-5 athletes will be led by a host through discussions on topics that align with Provincial and Territorial curriculum. As Olympians, you have a unique position and ability to provide incredible examples and lessons on each of these skill sets. Your stories are not only interesting, but inspiring, and will help teachers reinforce their lessons with discussions and examples. Olympians will have the opportunity to give back to communities all over Canada, have a positive impact on children and youth, feel inspired through their work with students and teachers, and have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for success in life after sport.

Olympians will be compensated with an honourarium of $250 per chat. If you are interested in joining the team, please submit an application below!


How it Works

In order to reach the tens of thousands of classrooms across Canada, you will be set up together on camera, and live streamed for approximately 45 minutes. During this time, you will take questions from the classrooms – some of whom will also be live on camera, and the rest who will have access to a typed forum.

Requirements of Participants

There will be 8 chats throughout the year (2020) – with 4 French and 4 English. Each French and English chat will discuss the same topic and will be held on the same day. Chats will be held in late January/Early February, May, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Successful applicants will be selected for one or two chats depending on their availabilities. Athletes will be paid an honorarium of $250 for each chat that they participate in. There will be some prep work required, as well as some video content creation in the Fall. Athletes are also asked to promote the chats through their personal social media channels. In summary, you must be willing/ able to:

• Participate in at least 1 FR or 1 EN chat taking place before Tokyo 2020

• Be live streamed on camera

• Be available to film promotional content at a date, time, and location convenient to you

• Promote the chats on your social media channels in the lead up and immediately after

Eligibility Criteria

Team Canada Olympians and Paralympians currently residing in Canada are eligible to apply to participate in the Team Canada Champion Chats. This initiative is exclusively offered to active and retired Team Canada Olympians and Paralympians. To be eligible, applicants must be in compliance with and not be under sanction under the Olympic charter, Paralympic charter the World Anti-Doping Code, and the COC Policy Statement and Guidelines on Conduct.

Application Process

All eligible applications must be submitted to the COC using the Application Form no later than Friday, September 20th 2019, 23:59 Eastern Time. All sections of the form must be completed by the applicant to be valid. No other form of application will be accepted.

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    Jenny (Wingerson Meldrum) Madill
    August 29, 2019

    I am a very old Olympian x 2. At the age of 76 would there be anything of relevance that I could contribute?

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