Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2017-2018
Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP) is funded by the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), and operated through the Sport, Recreation & Community Programs Division. The overarching goal of the Quest for Gold – OAAP is directly related to the High Performance Sport goal of the Canadian Sport Policy – that Canadians are systematically achieving world-class results at the highest levels of international competition – by improving the performance and number of Ontario athletes performing at the national and international level, thereby contributing to the improved performance of Canada at international competitions.
Specific objectives of the program are:
- To help athletes continue their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition;
- To encourage athletes to stay in Ontario to live and train;
- To compensate athletes for earnings lost while training;
- To enable athletes to successfully pursue excellence in sport while fulfilling their educational goals;
- To increase athlete access to improved high performance coaching; and
- To enhance training and competitive opportunities available to athletes.
The intent of the OAAP is to provide funding to individual athletes in the sport’s Train to Train and Train to Win categories based on their demonstrated commitment to high performance sport, allowing them to continue to pursue athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition. Ideally an athlete will first receive a Quest for Gold “Ontario Card” for 1 to 3 years, which will allow them to train towards the goal of a national team position in subsequent years. Once an Ontario athlete reaches the national level and becomes a recipient of Sport Canada’s carding program, they become eligible for the Quest for Gold “Canada Card”. Athletes who are not planning to train towards this level of competition should not apply for this program
How does it work?
In accordance with the OAAP guidelines, Triathlon Ontario develops sport-specific selection criteria and forms a Selection Committee that will apply these criteria. The top-ranked athletes, based on the criteria, will be awarded Ontario Card status. This Selection Criteria has been approved by the Board of Directors and reviewed by MTCS staff. Nominated athletes will be required to sign and comply with an Athlete Agreement between the athlete and Triathlon Ontario. Carding status will be for one year starting April 1, 2018 ending March 31, 2019.
The MTCS has allocated Triathlon Ontario a total of 8 Ontario cards (split evenly as 4 male and 4 female Cards) and up to 4 Ontario cards (split evenly as 2 male and 2 female Cards) for Paratriathlon candidates. More than four cards can be assigned to one gender if it has more than four athletes met the criteria and the opposite gender has less than four that meet the criteria.
An athlete’s age will be determined as of December 31, 2018.
Triathlon Ontario is not obligated to assign all Ontario Cards if there are an insufficient number of athletes who have met the criteria.
The Selection Committee, as approved by the Triathlon Ontario Board of Directors is comprised of the following members:
Phil Dale, Executive Director
Greg Kealey, Provincial Development Coach
Craig Taylor, Former Triathlon Canada National Coach