The LEAP Course

The LEAP Course 2017-06-12T14:49:37+00:00

Leaders & Exceptional Athletes Program (LEAP) is an in-school Cross-Training course for exceptional student-athletes. This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as speed, agility, coordination, endurance, power, and flexibility that will serve to enhance their sport specific training and performance.

The term: “Exceptional” is used rather than “Elite” because the program is designed to expose athletes to the quality and quantity of fundamental training needed to reach their full potential.

  • Applicants must be working towards a provincial championship or higher with a coach outside of school (e.g. Rep sports teams such as travel OBA, OVFL, etc.).
  • Applicants must have a 70% average in the following subjects: English, French, Math, Science, History/Geography, Religion, Physical Education, and electives for current high school students.
  • Students cannot have “N’s” in the learning skills category of the report card.

No—some of our athletes are funded by these sports bodies, but the majority of students are working toward provincial or national championships independently.

Complete the online application form and download and complete the LEAP Application Package and submit both by the deadlines indicated in the application package.
Note: Application packages can also be picked up during the Grade 8 Parents’ Night in January or any time from the St. Benedict PHE Office.

Qualifying applicants will be invited for testing (Phase II). See the application package for specific dates.

St. Benedict C.S.S. is similar to all other high schools in the region. A student athlete will attend his/her academic classes with the general school population, but will be timetabled with the LEAP teachers for their physical education class. LEAP teachers are responsible for the design and implementation of the physical education program.

Once you are in the program you must continue to obtain 70% or greater in your LEAP course(s); maintain an overall average of 70%; and be a good ambassador of St. Benedict C.S.S. in all other subject areas and activities.
A Committee will review the status of all students at the end of each reporting period. This Committee will review academic progress, attendance, and student behaviour.
Current grade 9, 11, and 12 LEAP students simply select LEAP as one of their courses for the next school year.
Current grade 10 LEAP students must go through the application process in order to take LEAP in grade 11.
Students that have left the program and wish to return must also reapply.

Yes—All students coming to SBCSS from Grade 8 and all current SBCSS students are eligible to compete for SBCSS teams.
Transfer Students after grade 9 to SBCSS from another school will be required to complete the OFSAA Transfer Procedure just as any other student would.

St. Benedict C.S.S. has a well-equipped weight room, three gymnasiums, 2 sports fields, and track and field facilities.
LEAP also has access to the YMCA and other community facilities (additional costs will apply, please see the application package for current course fees).

Student athletes perform their dry land/cross training at school in the LEAP program. This format allows the student-athlete an additional 110 hours of fundamental training designed to enhance overall performance.

St. Benedict Exceptional Athletes Alumni

Name Year School Sport
Afifa Salad 2016 University of Waterloo Basketball
Abby Van Groningen 2016 University of Guelph Snowboarding
Ashleigh Brimo 2015 Pfeiffer University (North Carolina) Tennis
Jenna Menjolian 2015 Wilfrid Laurier University Cheer
George Monaghan 2015 York University Football
Samantha Fraser 2014 Kutztown University (Pennsylvania) Fast Pitch
Daniel McArthur 2014 University of Windsor Track & Field
Dana Milani 2014 Gannon University (Pennsylvania) Soccer
Bradley Vince 2014 Acadia University (Nova Scotia) Football
Robin Petrie 2013 University of Guelph Football
Tamaul Lewis-Gostlin 2013 University of Waterloo Football
Jellisa Westney 2011 Michigan State Track & Field
Kaitlyn Skinner 2011 Bowling Green State University Volleyball
Miranda Dufresne 2011 University of Detroit Mercy Soccer
Randy Ribeiro 2010 St. Francis Xavier Soccer
Blake Sirio 2010 Queens University Football

For more information about LEAP please contact Mr. N. Dufresne.