Quest for Gold 2013/2014
Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2013-2014
ATHLETE SELECTION CRITERIA
Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2013-2014 (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 program will provide direct financial assistance to Ontario junior-aged athletes through an “Ontario Card” designation. “Junior-aged athlete” is defined by the Ministry as those athletes who fall within the eligible age range for the Canada Games – 11 to 22 years of age. Provincial/Multi Sport Organizations (PSO/MSOs) are free to set age groupings that fit within the Ministry criteria based on existing sport-specific age/discipline categories. 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 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”, 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”.
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THE APPLICATION PACKAGE (in either pdf or doc format)
THE YEARLY TRAINING & COMPETITION SCHEDULE TEMPLATE
Athletes applying for Residency Exception must submit written documentation to Ontario Sailing no later than November 29, 2013 (see Information Package for more details).
Completed applications must be submitted no later than December 6, 2013 at 4pm ET.