The CBBF and its provincial affiliates have supported Canadian amateur athletes for over 70 years by providing athlete education, training seminars, funding programs, judging seminars and a robust calendar of tiered competitive events nation-wide. This was decided without a vote of the OPA membership.
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CPA athletes' placings will not qualify for these events. There is now a qualification structure in the CPA. Due to most of the provincial associations committing their support to the CBBF, it was evident to the CPA that their business model had to change to compete with the solidarity. The CBBF will weather the changes and challenges in front of us.
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The dream of a pro card and the Olympia may be short-sighted as it won't be until afterwards that athletes will realize the implications of their choice. A for-profit organization, such as the CPA, is a business and is not membership based in the sense that Canadian athletes are accustomed to.