Community Development Grant Application

Applications for community programs that will start between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018 will be accepted to review until Friday, November 10 at 11:59PM EST. Successful applicants will be advised in December 2017.

To submit a Community Development Grant application, please click here and select the ‘Apply’ tab.

As part of the application, you must upload a detailed budget using the template provided here. Please download the fillable PDF budget template and complete prior to your submission.

Our application system is designed to automatically close at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 10 at which point applications will no longer be accepted for programs that will run between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018.

The table below outlines the application periods for future programming:

Community Program Period: Grant Applications Open Grant Applications Close
Programs starting between May 1 and Aug 31, 2018 Monday, Jan 1, 2018 Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between Sept 1 and Dec 31, 2018 Monday, Feb 5, 2018 Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between Jan 1 and April 30, 2019 Monday, May 7, 2018 Monday, Oct 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between May 1 and Aug 31, 2019 Monday, Oct 8, 2018 Friday, Feb 1, 2019 at 5pm EST

Your Jumpstart Regional Managers will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


JOB POSTING: U of T Coaching Opportunity

University of Toronto – Track and Field Programs

We’re seeking bright and energetic coaches who wish to be a part of the University of Toronto Track and Field family. Our club has 500 athletes, across every event group and ranges in age from 13 to 85.


  • We are seeking coaches with a range of previous experience, please include all details in your coaching resume
  • NCCP trained coaches are preferred but not required initially if you can demonstrate commensurate experience and a willingness to enter coach training going forward
  • Will need an up to date Standard First Aid and CPR and a Valid Police Background check once hired


This is a volunteer position, with coach education supported and an invaluable opportunity to learn and grow in a positive, supportive environment.

Application Process

Please email your coaching resume with a cover letter to, University of Toronto Bob Westman:


JOB POSTING – Alternate Commissioner for Athletics Canada

Position: Alternate Commissioner

Term: January 2018 to December 2019, renewable

The Commissioner’s Office of Athletics Canada has been in place since 2015, acting as an independent decision-maker in four areas affecting athletes – carding, selection, eligibility and discipline. In addition, the Commissioner’s Office hears complaints pursuant to the Athletics Canada Code of Conduct and Ethics. Justice Hugh Fraser is the Acting Commissioner.

Athletics Canada seeks an Alternate Commissioner to serve a two-year renewable term from January 2018 through December 2019.

The Alternate Commissioner will participate fully in the discussion and deliberations regarding the Commissioner’s Office. The Alternate may be asked to support or replace the Acting Commissioner when there is a complex case, a conflict of interest exists, her/his primary language is better suited to the case, multiple cases are under review at the same time, or if the Acting Commissioner is unavailable.

For the full job description, click here: English / French.


Team Ontario Coaching Opportunity

The Canadian Cross Country Championships will be hosted in Kingston, Ontario on Nov 25, 2017. Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce this important competitive opportunity for coaches who are actively coaching athletes in the Youth, Junior and Senior divisions. AO is seeking two (2) coaches to act as head coaches for Ontario’s men’s and women’s team at the National Championships. We are extending the deadline to Monday, November 6, 2017.
You can view the selection criteria here.
Please apply by sending a resume, to include AO membership number, NCCP certification level, and experience and region (East or West), by email with the subject line 2017 Canadian XC Championship, to Kolton Kowalchuk;

Celebrate Ontario 2018 Grant

This is a reminder that the application deadline for Celebrate Ontario 2018 is THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 AT 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time).
Celebrate Ontario is an annual funding program that helps festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending.
Information on how to apply to the Celebrate Ontario 2018 program can be found here.
Your Regional Advisor can also help you with any questions that you might have about your application.
When you submit your Celebrate Ontario 2018 application through the Grants Ontario web portal, you will receive a confirmation notice.
If you do not receive confirmation of your submission within 24 hours, please contact Grants Ontario Customer Service.

Hall of Fame Nominations due November 26, 2017

Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 11th Annual Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in the fall of 2018. As a part of this event each year, we induct new members into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame.

Athletics Ontario is proud to recognize past outstanding achievements and contributions to athletics (track and field, road running, cross country, and race walking) in Ontario. These contributions are not limited to athletic achievements, but may also represent dedication in the areas of coaching, officiating, or builders of the sport.

We are currently accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame (open and 2001-2010 decade category) until November 26, 2017.

For more information, please see here: Selection Criteria – Hall of Fame Inductees

To Nominate an individual, please click here: 2018 Hall of Fame Nomination Form.

The deadline is November 26, 2017.

List of all Hall of Fame Members (2009-2017).


AO Student Volunteer Program

This year, we’re introducing a Student Volunteer Program. We will take 50 students, across London, Windsor, Toronto and Ottawa and offer them the chance to obtain their 40 volunteer hours as well as a Level 1 Official Certification.

What the students gain from this experience:

  • Communication Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Strategic and Critical Thinking
  • Leadership Skills

Program Details:

  • 3-4 hours in class and on-field clinics
  • Minor official at a local track meet
  • Mentorship with a Level 3 Official
  • Videos, discussions and presentations
  • Mini-quizzes
  • Officiating at a Championship
  • Graduate as a Certified Level 1 Official

There is no cost to participate.
Students will receive:

  • AO Officials t-shirt
  • Documentation, program booklet
  • AO membership included
  • IAAF Rule Book

Program Agenda (*Subject to Change)

Week 1: Track and Field 101, Officiating 101, Preferred event to be an official at for the next meet (3-20 hours)
Homework: Find a video that an athlete or team was disqualified. What was the reason for the disqualification? What could the athlete have done to prevent it? (1/2 hour)

Week 2: Minor Official at a local track meet; introduced to mentor for the meet; take note of roles and learn rules (3-20 hours)
Homework: Presentation on rules for each event: students to present one event and to go through the rules of each event, and then give an example through experience at the meet, or a video example (1/2 hour)

Week 3: Follow up on track meet, presentations; Mini-quiz for Level 1 quiz (2 hours)

Complete assigned duties at a track meet (3-20 hours)

Week 4: Minor-Official at a Championship (required 6 credits for Level 1 to be completed by this week) (8-16 hours)

Week 5: Level 1 quiz and submit application for Level 1 (2 hours)

*Weeks subject to change, depending on location and availability of meets

Graduation and Closing Social

Dates for Indoor Meets at the Toronto Track and Field Centre:

January 13-14: Indoor Combined Events and Relay Championships w/Prep #1
February 17-18: Indoor Youth Senior Championships
March 3-4: Indoor BMJ Championships


Performance Coach Weekend

The Performance Coach certification is for coaches who are actively coaching year round, 40 or more weeks a year and 5-10 sessions a week. Coaches are recommended to have athletes that are competing at the Canada Summer Games level or higher.  The main focus of this course is annual planning, periodization and is an introduction to international competition. Prior to registering please ensure you meet the criteria.

Date: Nov 16-19, 2017
Location: Toronto Track and Field Centre (
Time:  9:00am-7pm
Schedule: to come

Requirements for Performance Coach

  • Current member of Athletics Ontario or other Provincial Branch of Athletics Ontario
  • Yearly Training Plain
  • You will be required to complete all pre-required e-Learning modules( 4-5hours) prior to attending the course. Failure to complete will result in removal from the course
  • Club coach (Level 2) Certified or in the process of completion

Coaches will also need to complete some Multi-Sport modules through the Canadian Coaches Association of Canada (CAC).  It is recommended that these courses be done prior to the weekend course.

  • These courses will be an additional cost and online (home study) options are available.
  • Managing Conflict (4 hours and the online evaluation)
  • Leading Drug Free Sport (3.5 hours and the online evaluation)
  • Make Ethical Decisions (3 hours and the online evaluation)

Coach Certification (NCCP) Number    

 Athletics Canada (AC) Number   


If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Smith (


Passing of Dave Northey

We are saddened to share the news that long-time distance runner Dave “Python” Northey passed away at the age of 68 on September 11, 2017. He will be remembered as a well-respected and talented member of his community. He has a number of accomplishments from throughout his career, and along with his passion for running, he had a passion for music. Dave was an excellent musician, playing both the guitar and banjo, and he loved to play and listen to Bluegrass music.

Athletic Achievements: 

National Cross Country Championship – 1970 – 12K – 2nd place
National Cross Country Championship – 1971 – 12K – 3rd place
Half Marathon – 1972 – 1:08 – Puerto Rico
Berwick Marathon (9 mile ) – winner and record holder – 1971 and 1978 – 44:03
Around the Bay 30K – 1977 – 1st place – 1:36:54
Springbank International Road Races – 12 mile – 1976 – 3rd place – 55:56; 1977 – 3rd place – 56:56
Marathon – 1983 – Huntsville, Alabama – 2:16:01
10 mile – 1977 – 48:52
10 km – 1978 – 29:45
Ottawa Marathon 1978 – 4th place – 2:18.55

Dave won a number of cross-country and track races while he was attending the University of Waterloo, also winning individual and team OUAA Championships. He was named Most Valuable Athlete in 1970 for the University of Waterloo. While on the roads, he either won or finished at the top in a number of road races, including but not limited to: the Toronto Star Trek 20K, the Ottawa Marathon, and the Berwick Marathon 9 miler.

No one is sure of the origin of his nickname “Python,” but that’s what everyone called him and he will truly be missed.

For further information about Dave’s life and career, click here.

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