Athlete Application for Ontario Card



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Athletics Ontario’s

Quest for Gold Athlete Assistance Program

Athlete Application for Ontario Card




NEW - Applications due by Friday, October 25, 2013 - NEW

Athletes who anticipate that they will be nominated for National Carding are encouraged to also apply for Quest for Gold funding. If you don’t apply for the Quest for Gold program and you do not receive National Carding, you will be too late to apply to the Quest for Gold program.



Please check off all of the following before you submit this Application. Incomplete applications will be returned and will not be processed until they are re-submitted. Applications which are returned are still subject to the original submission deadline.


  • Athletes MUST supply proof (in printed form) of all performances/placings with this application or the application will be returned. Athletics Ontario will not verify performances/placings that aren’t supplied.

  • Athletes may apply in only one event per application form. Athletes interested in applying in a second event must fill in and submit a second application form.

  • Athletes may apply for funding only in events which are normally conducted at the IAAF Outdoor World Championships.

  • The athlete’s two best performances of the year must be submitted and they must be from different competitions (different day and different meet).

  • Athletes applying for an Injury or Illness Card must submit a completed Application Form plus a rationale for selection including a description of the injury or illness, documents from a certified physician and/or therapist detailing the nature of the illness or injury, the rehabilitation program, the prognosis for recovery, and the athlete’s two best performances from January 1, 2010 to present. Athletes applying for an Injury or Illness Card must have been on the Quest for Gold funding in 2011-2012.

  • Include your athlete registration (membership) number? You can find your membership number at: https://www.trackie.com/members/lookup.php?branch_id=7

  • Is the average of your best two performances equal to or better than 95% of the Athletics Canada “D” standard for your event?


Changes to Eligibility Criteria:





  • An athlete who forfeited Sport Canada carding by not re-locating to an Athletics Canada centralized training centre is not eligible for an Ontario Card in 2013-14;




  • NCAA – Effective August 1, 2013, the NCAA has revised their policies related to an athlete receiving funding from a government program (new language is bolded):

12.1.2.4.9 Exception for Training Expenses. An individual (prospective or enrolled student-athlete) may receive actual and necessary expenses [including grants, but not prize money, whereby the recipient has qualified for the grant based on his or her performance in a specific event(s)] to cover developmental training, coaching, facility usage, equipment, apparel, supplies, comprehensive health insurance, travel, room and board without jeopardizing the individual's eligibility for intercollegiate athletics, provided such expenses are approved and provided directly by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the appropriate national governing body in the sport (or, for international student-athletes, the equivalent organization of that nation) or a governmental entity.


The effective date for this piece of legislation as it relates to prospective student-athletes who have not started college will apply differently than it will for current student-athletes.
Current student-athletes: The effective date for current student-athletes is August 1, 2013, meaning they cannot accept funds from a governmental entity until after August 1, 2013.
Prospective student-athletes: Individuals enrolling full time at a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2013 are currently being certified under the new rule. In other words, a prospective student-athlete who has accepted these funds from a governmental entity or who will accept these funds prior to the August 1 date from a governmental entity will get the benefit of the new rule (e.g. will not be required to return the funds).

Please encourage all athletes considering an application to an NCAA institution to contact the NCAA Eligibility Center directly with any questions.


IMPORTANT: Athletics Ontario may limit the number and size of Quest for Gold grants to athletes on NCAA scholarship. Stay tuned for more information.
Residency Requirements:
• Athlete must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident (previously known as a ‘Landed Immigrant’).
• Athlete must be a permanent resident of Ontario for one year prior to his/her nomination for carding status.
• Athletes must be living in and continuing to train in Ontario.

Exceptions to these criteria, known as a “Residency Exception” will be considered on a case specific basis by the PSO/MSO Selection Committee provided that the athlete can substantiate in writing at the time of application/Residency Exception submission deadline their reason for living outside Ontario, as detailed below.


Residency Exception:

The PSO Selection Committee may grant a Residency Exception for an athlete if the athlete provides information to show one of the following:


(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, and 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.

The onus is on the athlete to demonstrate that he/she needs to be out-of-province for one of the above reasons. The athlete must submit written documentation to the Athletics Ontario’s Selection Committee by the posted deadline, clearly indicating how they meet a residency exception(s). As a Residency Exception is still subject to Appeal by another athlete during the Appeals Process, it is essential that all Selection Committee decisions are based on a documented submission by the athlete, the content of which will be used in the “PSO Response” to any such Appeal.


Athletes applying for a Residency Exception related to exception (a) above, who are training at an NSO-approved National Training Centre MUST include a letter from the NSO outlining their support for the athlete, the progress the athlete is making and the athlete’s potential to make the national team level.
Length of time living outside Ontario:

Athletes living outside Ontario for more than 30 consecutive days within the ministry fiscal year 2013-2014 for athletic or academic purposes must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the PSO/MSO Selection Committee, that appropriate training programs are in place and are being monitored by the PSO/MSO.


The onus is on the athlete to:

1. Provide a written plan outlining their training and competition plans to the PSO/MSO prior to their departure from Ontario, as part of their Residency Exception request; and

2. Adhere to the PSO/MSO-approved competition and training plan throughout the carding cycle. At a minimum, this requires regular (PSO/MSO to define frequency and method in their Selection Criteria) contact by the athlete with the PSO/MSO (PSO/MSO to define who to contact); and

3. Submit regular (PSO/MSO to define frequency) training logs to the PSO/MSO to track progress against the PSO/MSO-approved competition and training plan.


***Athletes who were formally invited to and are currently participating in an Athletics Ontario national team training program are exempt from this requirement. ***


  • Athletics Ontario does not discourage an athlete from submitting this documentation, despite situations of regular athlete-PSO/MSO communications. A documented paper trail from the athlete is required should the athlete’s residency exception be challenged in an appeal from another athlete.


In filling in the application form below, all applicants MUST provide written proof of all performances and/or results cited. Athletics Ontario staff will not search results or internet sites to verify performance or results.


Application Form

Name: _________________________________ Club: ___________________________


Year of Birth: ___/___/__­­__ Sex: □ □ AO Registration #: ___________________

MM/DD/YY Male Female

Address: _______________________________________ Apartment or Suite #: _______


City: ___________________ Province: ____________ Postal Code: _______________
Home Phone: ( ) __________________ Other Phone: ( ) ____________________
Email: _________________________ Coach’s Name: ___________________________
Coach’s Phone Number: ( ) ______________ Coach’s Email: ___________________
Canadian Citizen? □ □ If ‘No’, current Citizenship: ________________________

Yes No

What is the name and location of the school you are attending? : ___________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________


Are you currently on NCAA scholarship or attending an NCAA School? □ □

Yes No

Event for which you are applying for carding: _________________________________




Best Performance of 2013: _______________________ Date: ____________________

Time / Height / Distance / Points

Name of Competition: _____________________________________________________


City: _______________________ Country: _______________Venue: _______________
Wind Reading (if applicable): ______________ Placing in Competition: _____________
Implement Weight or Hurdle Height where applicable: ___________________________
Please note that all performances must have been achieved between December 1, 2011 and October 14, 2012, and must have a legal wind reading. For exceptions see Athletics Ontario Selection Criteria.




Second Best Performance of 2013 (not required for Marathon, 50km Walk, Heptathlon, Decathlon): ___________________________ Date: _____________________________

Time / Height / Distance / Points

Name of Competition: _____________________________________________________


City: _______________________ Country: _______________Venue: _______________
Wind Reading (if applicable): ______________ Placing in Competition: _____________
Implement Weight or Hurdle Height where applicable: ___________________________
Please note that all performances must have been achieved between December 1, 2011 and October 14, 2012, and must have a legal wind reading. For exceptions see Athletics Ontario Selection Criteria.


For athletes applying for 10,000m and 20km walk: If you only competed once in your event in 2007, please enter your best and second best performance in a second event below:




For Junior athletes (19 years old or younger): placing in your event among Ontario athletes at the 2013 Athletics Ontario Junior Outdoor Championships: ______________
For Espoir athletes (those aged 20-23 inclusive): placing in your event among Ontario athletes 23 or under at the 2013 Ontario Senior Outdoor Championships: ______________
For Senior athletes: placing in your event among Ontario athletes at the 2012 Athletics Ontario Senior Outdoor Championships: ______________





For Junior athletes: placing in your event among Canadians at the 2012 Canadian Junior Outdoor Championships: ______________
For Espoir athletes (those aged 20-23 inclusive): placing in your event among Canadian athletes 23 or under at the 2013 Canadian Senior Outdoor Championships: ______________
For Senior athletes: placing in your event among Canadians at the 2013 Canadian Senior Outdoor Championships: ______________



Y
For Athletes applying for and Injury, Illness or Pregnancy Card:
Best Performance since January 1, 2012: _____________________________________

Time / Height / Distance / Points

Date: _____________________ Location: __________________________________



Wind Reading (if applicable): ______________ Placing in Competition: _____________
Were you Quest for Gold Carded in 2012? □ □

Yes No
ou MUST attach a copy of the results for all of the above competitions.

Notes: Athletes who are successful in applying for financial assistance under the Quest for Gold OAAP will be required to complete a formal application form for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and sign an Athlete–Athletics Ontario agreement.
As well, all athletes will be required to submit a training and competition plan for the 2013 - 2014 season. The athlete’s coach must also sign the plan, verifying that the athlete has committed to an ongoing, comprehensive, well-considered training schedule aimed at high performance in the athlete’s selected event.
Successful athletes will be required to account for their expenses as related to this program.
Athletics Ontario’s High Performance Coordinator, Sue Wise, will be available to assist athletes and coaches in drafting a yearly training plan if requested. Please contact Athletics Ontario at: office@athleticsontario.ca or (416) 426-7215 if you would like to work with Sue.
Application Deadline is October 25, 2013.
Applications should be returned to:

Athletics Ontario


Quest for Gold Program

3 Concorde Gate, Suite 211

Toronto, ON, M3C 3N7
or fax applications to: 416 426-7358
If you have questions please contact us at: office@athleticsontario.ca or call us at:

(416) 426-7215.

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