Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2018-2019 (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:
a) To help athletes continue their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition;
b) To encourage athletes to stay in Ontario to live and train;
c) To compensate athletes for earnings lost while training;
d) To enable athletes to successfully pursue excellence in sport while fulfilling their educational goals;
e) To increase athlete access to improved high performance coaching; and
f) To enhance training and competitive opportunities available to athletes.
The intent of the OAAP is to provide funding to individual athletes that have been identified as next generation national team athlete 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.
For full details, please refer to the 2018-2019 Quest for Gold Selection Criteria Document (Pending Approval).
All Ontario athletes ranked in Canadian Fencing Federation’s High Performance Program will be automatically considered for carding. A specific application is not required, as the OFA automatically ranks all eligible athletes.
Annual Training and Competition Plan and athlete training log for September to December 2017, signed by the HPDP coordinator must be submitted no later than January 31st, 2019 to:
Any athlete requesting a “Residency Exception” must submit this information by January 18th, 2019 as detailed above.
It is the sole responsibility of the athlete to provide a full and complete application that meets all stated requirements. Ontario Fencing Association will neither review applications in advance of the deadline in order to make applicants aware of any missing/incorrect information and/or attachments nor make corrections on behalf of the athlete. Any revisions on the part of the athlete will only be accepted prior to the posted submission deadline.
Applications that are sent directly to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport rather than to Ontario Fencing Association will not be considered valid or to have been received by the Ontario Fencing Association deadline.
An email will be sent by February 1, 2019 confirming receipt. It is the athlete’s responsibility to contact the Ontario Fencing Association if this email is not received to be certain that the application has been successfully received by the deadline date.
The Sports Organization – Athlete Agreement will only come into effect if an athlete is selected and accepts carding status through the OAAP program. Athletes who fail to return a signed Athlete Agreement by the deadline date will not be carded.
Please note that the Quest for Gold recipient list for 2018-2019 has now been finalized. Recipients are asked to submit all documents promptly in order to receive funding from the ministry.
For more information, please refer to the 2018-2019 Quest for Gold Selection Criteria Document (Pending Approval).
Questions or concerns should be directed to Maxime Brinck-Croteau.