Request for Participants for Canada Games Hopefuls Survey

Athletes wo will be entering the upcoming Canada Games Trials in Windsor next weekend are encouraged to participate in the research survey as per letter below.  Please note that there are draw prizes for participants.

Dear Athlete,

My name is Carolyn McEwen and I am a PhD student conducting research at the University of British Columbia. I would like to invite you to participate in a study entitled “Canada Summer Games Hopefuls: A Study of how Athletes Experience the Selection Process.”  If you are aged 15 and older and are trying out for the Canada Summer Games we are interested in learning about you and your experience with the tryout.

The purpose of this research is to examine how competitive athletes experience an important selection process.  How athletes deal with selection processes may influence the way they approach their participation in sport.  It is important to study significant selection processes so we can understand how to promote positive sport experiences and to assist in the continued development of competitive athletes.

This study involves completing three online questionnaires about your perceptions of the tryouts, how you cope with the tryouts, your athletic and life satisfaction, your goals and sport commitment, and how you see yourself as an athlete.  The first questionnaire you will complete will be before your Canada Summer Games tryout.  The second and third questionnaires you will complete one and five weeks after you are aware of whether you are selected to compete at the Canada Summer Games.  Each questionnaire takes approximately 15-20 minutes and all surveys will be completed prior to the Canada Summer Games.  Regardless of whether you are selected to compete at the Canada Summer Games or not, we interested in hearing from you!

Athletes who decide to participate will be placed into a random draw after submitting the time 1 questionnaire for a chance to WIN 1 of 5 SportChek gift cards valued at $100 each or 1 of 10 iTunes gift cards valued at $50 each. An additional entry into the draw will be made for each participant that submits time 2 and time 3 questionnaires.

Please note there is no obligation for you to participate in this study.  Your involvement would be much appreciated, but is completely voluntary.  Your participation status and all information will remain confidential.  In addition, your participation decision will NOT affect your standing during the Canada Summer Games tryout.  Furthermore, while a coach or gatekeeper to your sport organization may have assisted in contacting potential participants, they will not be informed of your participation decision.

If you would like to participate in the study please follow the link below (you may have to copy and paste the link into your web browser):

OR if you have any questions please contact Carolyn McEwen ([email protected]).


Carolyn McEwen, MSc
School of Kinesiology
University of British Columbia
Contact Number: 519-841-2558
[email protected]