LEAP Program

LEAP Program

Quest University’s Leaders in Elite Athletics and Performance program (LEAP) is an innovative model for the Canadian sport system; a partnership between an educational institution and sport, and a means by which to support the high-performance Canadian athlete. The full integration of the Quest EAPP into Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program would place Canada’s high-performance athletes in a situation in which there was no conflict between pursuing their sport and life goals.  This unity of purpose is a stated goal of Canada’s athletes and of The Canadian Sport Policy (2012).

Unlike traditional universities, Quest University does not have a varsity athletic program. Individual sports and excellence are woven into the culture at Quest.

Athletes are not the only ones who benefit from the LEAP program. Creative performers of all types have joined, thanks to the flexibility it affords them when needing to spend extended time away for things like concert tours, acting gigs, or travel-related performance opportunities.

Quest University’s academic Block Plan is perfectly suited to elite athletes and performers. LEAP students have the flexibility to take months off for training, competition, media tours, or performances without missing a full slate of classes like you would at a traditional university.

LEAP students will also benefit from personal brand development coaching provided by expert partners of the university.  Quest is committed to investing in both the academic and professional careers of each student during their journey through the LEAP program.

LEAP program benefits include:

  • Extra flexibility in campus housing, billing, and scheduling
  • Awarded the LEAP scholarship, which can be combined with other Quest scholarships or bursaries
  • May take longer to complete their degree
  • Can take up to 4 Blocks of independent study courses one-on-one with a Quest University professor
  • Priority course registration
  • Flexibility to drop classes later than other students without penalty
  • Personal brand development coaching designed to support and train LEAP students in managing their brands through personal and public media.
  • Exclusive Quest LEAP branded gear

The Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) at Quest University Canada is explicitly designed to accommodate the special needs of accomplished student athletes and performers. LEAP students are afforded unmatched flexibility in housing, billing, and course scheduling. Students accepted into the program are awarded an automatic $5,000

Squamish, British Columbia is known as the Adventure Capital of Canada.  Boasting world-class rock climbing, mountain biking, and kite surfing in its backyard, as well as Olympic skiing and snowboarding with its neighboring community at Whistler – site of the 2010 Winter Olympics – Squamish beckons past and present Olympians from around the world for training.

Quest is located on 60 acres of property on the border of Garibaldi Provincial Park for outdoor cross-training.

On-campus gymnasium, tennis courts, a bouldering gym and squash courts.

  • An outdoor FIFA-certified soccer field.
  • Access to Garibaldi Provincial Park adjacent to campus, with world-renowned trails
  • Outstanding fitness and sports medicine practitioners and facilities in Squamish
  • Thirty-minute drive to Whistler Olympic training facilities, 45 minutes to Vancouver

To be eligible for LEAP, students must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be an officially recognized athlete by the government of your country, state and/or province
  • Be officially registered with a governing body or organization (national, provincial, state, or general) representing their sport or performance discipline
  • Be a sponsored athlete, artist, musician, actor, speaker, or media personality
  • Earn majority of personal income from participation in an art or sport

For more information, contact the LEAP Director.

  • 2x Canada Olympic Halfpipe Ski Team
  • 1x Team Canada Alpine Snowboard
  • 1x Canada Olympic Luge
  • 2x Team Canada Sailing
  • 1x Bouldering World Champion
  • 2x Team USA Certified Climbing coach
  • 2x Internationally Competitive Dancers
  • 2x Professional Team Road Cyclists
  • 1x BC Provincial Road Cycling
  • 2x Provincial Level XC Mountain Biking
  • 4x Provincial or State Team Alpine Skiing
  • 4x Freeride World Tour Big Mountain Skiers
  • 4x Women’s World Tour Cycling Team
  • 8X Canadian National Road Champion team
  • 3x National Junior SCO Championships
  • 1x Canadian Olympic Mtn. Bike team
  • 1x Canadian Olympic Cycling Team
  • 4x medal winner Canadian Olympic Para Ski-team
  • Ajay Friese – Actor/Musician (Riverdale, Lost in Space)
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