Ontario > Quest for Gold Athlete Assistance Programme, Draft List of Ontario Card Nominations Announced

From Triathlon Ontario.

Some names from Ontario are not there since they should be named in Team Canada. The junior Card for 11 to 22 years old. Unfortunately, since the mission of this funding is development, it’s limited to one senior card. So, a athlete with full of potential on the late like Andrew Bysice is not going to receive any funding. The system is hard… 

Draft List of Ontario Card Nominations Announced!

TRIATHLON ONTARIO is pleased to announce a draft list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2012-2013 Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). The athletes nominated were selected using the sport specific selection criteria developed by TRIATHLON ONTARIO.  

approved by its Board of Directors and applied by (the) Selection Committee.

  • Andrew Yorke – Senior Card
  • Matt Vierula – Junior Card
  • Myles Zagar – Junior Card
  • Tyler Bredschneider – Junior Card
  • Austen Forbes – Junior Card
  • Domi Jamnicky – Junior Card
  • Samantha Klus – Junior Card
  • Sasha Boulton – Junior Card


  • Taylor Reid – Junior Card
  • No female alternate named

Please note that this list is unofficial and is subject to change pending the outcome of any appeals and/or any re-selection decisions made by the PSO/MSO Selection Committee or the Quest for Gold Appeals Committee.  As a consequence, this list should not be seen as final. 

Athletes who have not been nominated and who wish to appeal this decision can do so by following the process set out in the Selection Criteria document.

Complete Document and Appeals Form



Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2012-2013



Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2012-2013 (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 goals of the Canadian Sport Policy – to improve 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 program will provide direct financial assistance to Ontario junior-aged athletes through an “Ontario Card” designation.  “Junior-aged athlete” is defined as those athletes who fall within the eligible age range for the Canada Games – 11 to 22 years of age.  A PSO/MSO with a NSO-approved Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTADM) that identifies older athletes in the “Train to Train” and “Train to Compete” categories may apply to MTCS for a variation to this 11-22 age range. A PSO/MSO may choose to allocate a maximum of 30% of it’s carding allotment to athletes older than 22 years of age who have been identified as a potential next generation national team athlete by the PSO/MSO’s selection process.

The intent of the OAAP is to provide funding to individual athletes based on their demonstrated commitment to high performance sport, allowing them to pursue athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition.

How does it work?

In accordance with the OAAP guidelines, TRIATHLON ONTARIO is responsible for developing sport specific selection criteria and forming a Selection Committee that will apply the criteria to select those athletes who will be awarded Ontario Card status in 2012-2013.  The Selection Criteria are 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, 2012 ending March 31, 2013.

In 2012-2013, the MTCS allocated a certain amount of OAAP Ontario Cards to each eligible Provincial Sport / Multi-Sport Organization (PSO/MSO). TRIATHLON ONTARIO has been allotted a total of 8 Ontario cards.  Based on current membership levels, the Ministry has approved a gender imbalance allocation of  5 male and 3 female Cards for 2012-13.

Cards will be specifically allocated to the following categories/disciplines:

Category Number of cards
Elite Level Athletes (over age 22 on December 31, 2012) 2 Full Cards (1 male, 1 female)
Junior level Athletes (aged 16 to 22 on December 31, 2012 6 Full Cards (4 male, 2 female)

 Unused Elite Level Cards will be re-allocated to the Junior Level.

The Selection Committee, which has been approved by the PSO/MSO Board of Directors is comprised of the following members:

  • Steve Harrigan, Triathlon Ontario President, NCCP Certified Level 1 Triathlon Coach
  • Mike Greenberg, Triathlon Ontario Board Member, former High Performance athlete
  • Gary Pallett, Head Coach Manitoba Regional Triathlon Centre, NCCP Certified Comp. Dev Triathlon Coach, Member of the National High Performance Committee
  • David Cracknell, Lay Person
  • Michel Elibani, NCCP Certified Comp. Intro Triathlon Coach, National Coach Education Facilitator
  • Linda Kirk, Triathlon Ontario Executive Director, NCCP Certified Comp. Intro Triathlon Coach, Level 3 Multisport Coach, National Coach Education Facilitator

How much funding is available?

The exact level of funding for the 2012-2013 carding year will be determined by the MTCS after the total number of athletes nominated for Ontario Card status has been determined.  Funding will be released prior to March 31, 2013.
How will the TRIATHLON ONTARIO Selection Committee decide who receives funding?

The TRIATHLON ONTARIO Selection Committee will use both the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eligibility Criteria and the Sport Specific Selection Criteria detailed below to determine which athletes will be nominated for Ontario Card status in 2012-2013:

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eligibility Criteria:

All athletes must meet the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s minimum athlete eligibility criteria:

  • Athlete must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
  •   Athlete must be a permanent resident of Ontario for one year prior to his/her nomination for carding status, (and continue to be a permanent resident throughout the term of the agreement).
  • Athletes who have achieved Canada Card status are not eligible for Ontario Cards.
  • Athletes must be living in and continuing to train in Ontario. Exceptions shall be made on a case specific basis by the PSO/MSO Selection Committee provided that the athlete can substantiate in writing at the time of application/nomination for carding status that:

(a)  He/She cannot receive the required level of training in Ontario and is out of the province temporarily during the year (i.e. due to lack of facilities, coaching, competitions)

(b)  He/She must attend a post-secondary institution out-of-province either because the course of study is not offered by an Ontario institution: or

(c)  It is more financially feasible to attend a post-secondary institution out-of-province, or other extenuating circumstances that require the athlete to be out of the province.

The onus is on the athlete to demonstrate that he/she needs to be out-of-province for one of the above reasons.  Any documentation required to clarify this “residency exception” must be submitted in its entirety to the TRIATHLON ONTARIO Selection Committee by no later than December 3, 2012 in order to be considered.  Documentation related to exception (a) above may include, but shall not be limited to, a letter from the athlete’s NSO outlining the following, as well as any other pertinent information:

  • why the athlete is training out of province;
  •   whether or not the athlete was formally invited by the NSO;
  •   what additional opportunities are being made available beyond those provided in Ontario; and
  • any other information that will illustrate that the athlete is receiving enhanced training while still meeting all obligations of the TRIATHLON ONTARIO.

·         Athlete must be a member in good standing with PSO/MSO and NSO where applicable;

·         Athlete must have entered into a Sports Organization – Athlete Agreement with his or her PSO/MSO and must be in full compliance with the terms and conditions of that agreement;

·         Athlete must have met all terms and conditions of any previous Quest for Gold Sports Organization – Athlete Agreements to the satisfaction of the PSO/MSO in order to be eligible for consideration in 2012-2013;

·         Athlete must demonstrate a commitment and dedication to a proper training and competitive program;

·         Athlete’s coach must be minimum Level 2 NCCP certified or trained status Competition Stream or the sport’s equivalent in the Instruction Stream;

·         Athlete must not be under a sanction that prohibits competition as per the Canadian Anti-Doping Policy;

·         Athlete must be attending an educational institution full-time (i.e. elementary and secondary schools):

Ø  Exceptions will be made provided that the athlete can substantiate that his/her training will not allow for full-time attendance or if an athlete requires special needs that preclude full or part-time attendance (e.g. Athlete with a disability (AWAD) athlete);

·         Athletes who have completed their area of study at the secondary level (i.e. high school) and who continue to train towards participation in major national or international competitions will also be considered;

·         If eligible, the athlete must compete, and continue to compete solely for Ontario and/or Canada for one year from the date of the Minister’s letter informing the athlete of acceptance into OAAP program, at Canada Games and other national competitions involving provincial team competitions;

·         Athlete must not receive financial support from any other provincial/territorial athlete assistance program.  This does not include academic scholarships, bursaries, student grants, student loans, social assistance, disability pensions, and other forms of financial assistance that have nothing to do with competitive sport.

·         Eligibility will be limited to Ontario junior-aged athletes, ages 11-22 (“junior-aged” refers to chronological age, not a sport’s specific age category – only exception is for PSO/MSOs using 30% of Ontario Card allotment for athletes older than 22 years of age who have been identified as a potential next generation national team athlete by the PSO/MSO’s selection process.

Residency Exemption for Military Families:  The one-year Ontario residency requirement is waived for any Ontario Card or Canada Card applicant who is a spouse or dependant of a: Regular Force member of the Canadian Forces; or Reservist currently deployed by the Canadian Forces into active service and who takes up residence in Ontario during the fiscal year.   This means that eligible military family members now qualify for OAAP funding immediately upon becoming residents of Ontario.  Please see the 2012-2013 Quest for Gold Athlete Handbook for details of this exemption, including a list of documents needed to verify eligibility for this waiver of the one-year Ontario residency requirement.

Important Notes:

·         To be deemed a potential next generation national team athlete, the athlete must be age-eligible to compete on the national team in the year following receipt of Ontario Card funding.

·         An athlete that received Sport Canada Carding during any part of MTCS’ fiscal year April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012 and/or any part of fiscal year April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 and is no longer in receipt of Sport Canada Athlete Assistance shall not be eligible to receive Quest for Gold funding during fiscal year 2012-2013 (April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.) The intent of this rule is to prevent athletes whose performance levels and rankings no longer qualify them for Sport Canada carding from taking an Ontario Card from a future national-level athlete.  However, exceptions may apply and will be considered by the MTCS on a case-by-case basis.  Exceptions may include, but may not be limited to logistical or administrative changes (ex. reduction in Sport Canada carding allocation), injuries, etc.  TRIATHLON ONTARIO must contact MTCS in writing prior to the submission of the Athlete Nominations to seek individual exceptions.

·         All athletes under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian sign their OAAP application form. Cheques will be processed in the name of the eligible athlete.

·         An athlete can only be nominated to receive Quest for Gold funding in one sport.

·         Athletes who are attending any foreign post-secondary educational institution (including NCAA institutions) and are receiving an athletic scholarship in any sport are not eligible to receive OAAP support.

·         The onus is entirely on the athlete to determine the impact of accepting OAAP funding on current or future NCAA eligibility and to decide whether or not to accept OAAP funding. The athlete will be required to acknowledge this onus and responsibility when signing the OAAP Ontario Card application form and agreeing to the related terms and conditions of the program.  Athletes are strongly encouraged to contact the NCAA Eligibility Center to determine the impact ofQuest for Gold – OAAP funding on current or future eligibility for a NCAA scholarship or on eligibility to compete in a non-scholarship NCAA sport.

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