National Junior Squad
The Official Training Centre of Golf Canada’s National Junior Squad, Bear Mountain Resort is the ideal venue for the highly focused centre of excellence program. A total of 10 National Junior Squad athletes (five men and five women) are billeted with local families and surrounded by world-class technical coaching staff and experts in the areas of mental performance, physiotherapy, biomechanics and nutrition.
Designed to provide a centralized training environment and support the country’s emerging talents as part of Golf Canada’s next-generation strategy, the National Junior Squad members live and breathe golf full-time at Bear Mountain Resort every year from February through mid-June. Athletes are enrolled at Belmont Secondary School in Langford, B.C., where they attend classes in the morning, followed by training in the afternoon. Team members also work with the West Shore Distributed Learning Centre, where they take online courses in order to receive advanced credits for their sports training. The athletes’ academic commitment remains an important component of the Team Canada program with Golf Canada coaches and support team working closely with the teaching staff to ensure success in and outside the classroom.
In addition to the amenities at the Resort, the athletes also use the facilities of the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), one of the best training centres in the country.
About Golf Canada’s National Team Program
Canada’s National Amateur Team program incorporates advanced coaching, sport science expertise, training camps and world-class competition. Golf Canada allocates over $1.5 million of its resources annually to the National Team program, encompassing strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition, biomechanics and technique development. Players who are selected to the National Amateur and National Developmental Squads represent Canada at six to 10 internationally-sanctioned golf competitions throughout the year. The intent of this comprehensive program is to aid Canada’s top up-and-coming amateur players in all areas of their development, helping Canada produce the best golfers in the world.
Team Canada, the pinnacle of Golf Canada’s High Performance Program, provides access to world-class resources including coaching, nutrition, sport science, mental management, equipment and elite competitive opportunities. The program builds on the support team members have received in their development years from their family, member clubs, personal coaches, university programs and provincial golf associations. Golf Canada’s High Performance Program and Team Canada are proudly supported by RBC, Canadian Pacific, adidas Golf, Titleist, FootJoy, ClubLink, Heritage Canada, Bear Mountain Resort and the Canadian Olympic Committee.