Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2016-2017

Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2016-2017 (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.

Congratulations to the following athletes who have earned a 2016-2017 Quest for Gold Ontario Card!

Taylor Forbes Elise Bolger
Austen Forbes Madeleine Kennedy
Myles Zagar Cate Skain
Jackson Laundry Danae Morris
Alternate: Jacob Jamincky

Specific objectives of the program are:

  1. To help athletes continue their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition;
  2. To encourage athletes to stay in Ontario to live and train;
  3. To compensate athletes for earnings lost while training;
  4. To enable athletes to successfully pursue excellence in sport while fulfilling their educational goals;
  5. To increase athlete access to improved high performance coaching; and
  6. 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. Only those athletes that meet the required minimum performance standard detailed in this Selection Criteria will be considered for this program.  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 in 2016-2017.  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, 2016 ending March 31, 2017.

For 2016-2017, 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.

An athlete’s age will be determined as of December 31, 2017.

Triathlon Ontario is not obligated to assign all Ontario Cards if there are an insufficient number of athletes who have demonstrated potential to be considered for future National Teams.

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, Head Coach, NTC Guelph


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