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GAPS PROGRAMME – Europe and Asia

It is with great excitement that we reach out to you to outline the GAPS Programme for Europe & Asia. The GAPS Programme has a strong foundation in partnerships and collaborations and we are trusting that you as a CGA, working with your NPC/NFs, will be able to identify potential athletes and coaches that will benefit from GAPS in preparation for Birmingham 2022. As a first step to launch this programme and to support athlete preparations for Birmingham 2022, we are now ready to accept applications which are to be completed by each CGA to have your potential athletes and coaches participate in the programme.

The GAPS Programme in Europe & Asia will initially be available in the following sports.

  • Para Athletics
  • Para Table Tennis
  • Para Powerlifting
  • Para Swimming (we may be able to assist with signposting athletes to the appropriate events)

It is important to note, that we have a limited amount of space available so a selection process may be required to identify attendees if we have an oversubscription. The final selection of attendees will be made by the CGF and we will take into consideration gender mix, inclusion, and ensuring we have diverse participant representation.

The GAPS Programme leading into Birmingham 2022 will consist of the following elements.

  • GAPS Camp – Five-day training camp in Birmingham offering a range of services including expert coaching, sports science, sports medicine, knowledge transfer and a high-performance training experience. All on ground costs including international airfares and visas will be covered for GAPS Camp attendees.

  • GAPS Assist – Access to a travel and accommodation grant for identified para-sport athletes with a high likelihood of gaining a Birmingham 2022 qualification or a bipartite slot in their event. This grant will enable athletes and coaches to attend an international classification and the associated competition for the purposes of obtaining classification.

  • GAPS Pre-Games Staging Camp in Birmingham – Athletes and Coaches that are selected to be part of a CGA team to the Commonwealth Games will be invited to attend a pre-Games staging camp from July 18th to 24th at Birmingham University prior to athletes and coaches entering the Games village. Preference will be given to GAPS Camp attendees and the focus will be on supporting the final preparation of athletes and coaches before competition. Travel to Birmingham will be covered under the Birmingham 2022 Games travel grant, all accommodation and food costs will be covered by the GAPS Programme.

Who can Apply?

The GAPS Programme is open to the following categories

  • Athletes on the Performance Pathway – this includes performance athletes that may have already qualified for Birmingham 2022 or haven’t had the opportunity to qualify or be classified for Birmingham 2022 due to challenges. It is likely these athletes will have an identified coach who will also be able to fully participate in the programme (also funded);
  • Athletes on the Developmental Pathway – this includes athletes with the potential to develop into good performers over the next 2 years if provided with good support structures. If they have an identified coach, they will also be able to fully participate in the programme (also funded);

  • Coaches on the Performance and Development Pathway – coaches should be undertaking regular coaching of athletes and have a keen interest in coaching para-sport athletes and athlete talent identification.

There is an expectation that coaches and athletes who are accepted to be part of the programme are committed to attend all the GAPS Camps they are eligible to attend.

For GAPS Europe & Asia the following programme of activities is proposed 

Kindly note that given the current challenges due to the Covid- 19 pandemic, the GAPS Europe & Asia initiative, para-athletes in the following sports (athletics, cycling, lawn bowls, w/c BB, swimming, table tennis) can obtain a provisional classification remotely.

Due to the delays caused by Covid, we are asking you to contact us via natolcom@slt.lk on or before 7 February, 2022.

While we understand how difficult this might be – we feel that in order to provide the necessary support to the athletes and coaches we want to be able to notify CGAs and the individual of their selection by the 14th February, 2022.

Thank you for your prompt response to this exciting programme.

Warm Regards,

Chris Chan
Regional Vice-President
Asia Commonwealth Games Federation