Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary

Since its inception in 2005, the Oval Bursary Fund has supported over 100 athletes with over $180,000 in support of their quest for excellence.

Criteria for the Bursary

Part 1

Applicants must be full-time Canadian athletes in the Elite Athlete Pathway program.

Part 2

In the fall of 2020, application forms will be emailed to those who fit the criteria in Part 1.

Part 3

Catriona Le May Doan and the Bursary committee reviews the applications. A decision is made and the applicants notified.

Part 4

After the applicants have been chosen, a formal announcement is made and funds will be transferred to the successful applicants.

Kristen Fong


The Oval Bursary fund was created by Olympic Oval Liaison Catriona Le May Doan to help alleviate some of the financial strains put on Canadian high performance athletes.  The fund supports deserving locally trained athletes in a variety of ways – helping to pay for competition travel, training, equipment, clothes, rent and food. 

Notable past recipients of Oval bursaries include current and former Canadian national team long and short track athletes, such as short track national team skater Alison Desmarais, 2018 Olympians Ben Donnelly, Heather McLean, Josie Morrison, Keri Morrison and Isabelle Weidemann, Olympic medalist Marie Eve Drolet and 3-time Olympian Brittany Schussler.

To make a donation to this program, visit us here.

2019/20 Long Track Recipients

Maddison Pearman
Brooklyn McDougall
Connor Howe
Jess Neufeld
Max Halyk
Paul Coderre
Kaeden Witkowski

2019/20 Short Track Recipients

Roger Fulton
Brendan Yamada
Ethan McKinley-Young
Benjamin Ward
Hee-Won Son

Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary

This is my 2nd time receiving the Bursary since I moved to Calgary 6 years ago and it has been a huge help in offsetting the costs of new equipment and travel expenses! I am able to work less so that I am able to focus on my training, my recovery and nutrition which will allow me to perform at the highest level possible

Maddison Pearman

Athlete Bursary Recipient