2018 Ontario Summer Games Qualification Criteria
2018 OSG Qualifiers:
|Ottawa International Triathlon||June 17-18, 2017||FIVE qualifying spots available per gender|
|Stittsville KOS (Registration Coming Soon!)||July 15, 2017 (tentative)||THREE qualifying spots available per gender|
|Tecumseh Triathlon Weekend (Registration Coming Soon!)||July 30, 2017||FIVE qualifying spots available per gender|
|Draft Legal Provincial Championships (Registration Coming Soon!)||August 12, 2017||FIVE qualifying spots available per gender|
|Dunrobin KOS (Registration Coming Soon!)||August 20, 2017||FIVE qualifying spots available per gender|
How to Qualify
- The 2018 Ontario Summer Games (OSG) is open to athletes born in 2002 or 2003 (age 15-16 as per December 31, 2018)
- Must be a Triathlon Ontario member prior to the qualifying event in 2017 and a member prior to the OSG in 2018
- Must hold a valid draft card prior to a draft legal qualifying event and prior to the OSG. If qualified at a non draft-legal event, the athlete must attain a draft legal card prior to the OSG
- Compete in a qualifying event in 2017 or the 2018 “Wild Card” event being held TBD and earn one of the qualification spots based on finishing position. Each race is assigned a certain number of qualification spots. If a spot is unclaimed it will roll down to the next eligible athlete. Any extra spots will be added to the pool of spots available at the 2018 “Wild Card” race.
- After each qualification race, Triathlon Ontario will contact each athlete to confirm qualification
- A list of qualified athletes will be posted on this page
- Acceptance of one of the Wild Card spots is conditional on the expectation that athletes will become draft legal certified prior to the OSG events.
For those not currently draft legal certified information on drafting can be found in our Drafting Certification Manual. If an athlete is seeking certification please contact Triathlon Ontario for information on testing and certification.
Ontario Summer Games Format
Individual Event Becomes Draft Legal
Historically, the individual event has been a non-draft legal event. In the context of a major event like the Ontario Summer Games, the usual prohibitive issues for staging a draft legal race such as permitting for road closures, extra costs for policing for an individual race director are generally a factor.
All athletes will need to be draft legal certified prior to the Games in order to compete. When reviewing the most recent Games’ athletes, on average approximately 50% of the athletes that have participated in the previous two Games were already draft legal certified. As per its Provincial Development Program, Triathlon Ontario believes by offering more opportunities and incentive for youth and juniors to race draft legal races, Ontario’s depth of high performance and elite athletes will increase and the pathway to future provincial, national and even international success will be more clear for athletes, parents, coaches and clubs.
Relay Event Becomes a Medal Event
In previous Games, the relay event was run as a participation/demonstration event, designed to introduce the concept of a mixed relay on a shortened sprint course to the younger athletes. The format of a female/male/female/male team completing each a swim/bike/run has gained in popularity on the National and International stage and will no doubt become and Olympic event. Triathlon Ontario believes in the credibility of the event and the Ontario Summer Games is a perfect venue to provide Ontario’s youth and juniors with this development opportunity.
The format will be such that each team is made up of two females and two males. Each athlete will complete a shortened swim/bike/run course before tagging the next teammate who will then in turn, complete the course and tag the next teammate and so on. The order will be female/male/female/male and the teams will be determined based on the previous day’s individual results. The exact team selection is currently being finalized but the objective will be to create as even teams as possible for the relays.
Qualification To Take Place Within Youth Cup Series
In previous years, the qualification process included regional races that restricted athlete qualification based on where they lived. As a result, the qualification process did not always ensure the best athletes qualified, only that the province was geographically well represented at the Games. While geographic representation is important, Triathlon Ontario believes that ensuring the best athletes qualify for an elite competition such the Ontario Summer Games is more important.
Qualification spots for the 2018 Ontario Summer Games will be allocated to races that make up the 2017 Ontario Youth Cup Series. Those dates and locations are currently being assessed and will be announced in due course. There will be a certain amount of spots held back for a one-off qualifier in 2016 prior to the Games as has been done in previous years. Athletes are free to try to qualify at any event they choose. Athletes that were born in 2002 or 2003 will be eligible for the 2018 Ontario Summer Games. Athletes must be members of Triathlon Ontario prior to the qualification event and must be members again in the year of the competition (prior to the event).