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High Performance and QUEST Program

OFA's High Performance Development Program (HPDP)

All Ontario athletes applying for Quest for Gold (see below) must be enrolled in the High Performace Development Program.(HPDP).  Athletes ranked in the top twelve (12) of the HPDP Selection Rankings as of Jan. 10, 2017 will be automatically considered for Quest. A specific application is not required, as the OFA automatically ranks all eligible athletes.

For more inforamtion on the 2017 HPDP Program, please visit the Program Page.

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

Based on New Ministry criteria received October 27, 2016, we are pleased to announce the new Selection Criteria for the 2016-2017 year. 

The 2016-2017 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 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:

  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, Train to Compete, 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.

Among the criteria set by the Ministry:

·        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 2016-2017;

·        Athlete must demonstrate a commitment and dedication to a proper training and competitive program, the goal of which is to continue to train towards a national team position and Sport Canada carding;

·        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.

To Apply:

Annual Training and Competition Plan (Sample) and athlete training log for September to December 2016, signed by the HPDP coordinator must be submitted no later than December 31, 2016 to:

Maxime Brinck-Croteau (HPDP Coordinator)
42 Pepperell Crescent
Markham, ON L3R 3G8


Any athlete requesting a “Residency Exception” must submit this information by December 15th 2016 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 December 16th 2016 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.

The Ontario Fencing Association will publish or make known a draft list of athletes nominated for Ontario Card status by no later than January 19, 2017.

Who is it for?

Quest for Gold recipients:

As per our guidelines, athletes must register for the HPDP program in order to be eligible for Quest For Gold funding. Two of the four clinics plus the training camp are mandatory.

All athletes from Ontario (all weapons, all age groups):

The program is made for all fencers in Ontario.

Ontario Summer Games 2016 Athletes:

We strongly urge OSG 2016 athletes to register. OSG coaches will be available at the clinics and camp.
Card statuses will be announced by no later than January 19, 2017.

For more information, please refer to the 2016-2017 OAAP Selection Criteria Document or visit the Quest for Gold Registration Page. Questions and concerns should be addressed to Maxime Brinck-Croteau.

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