2017-18 Quest for Gold Applications Now Open!

2017-18 Quest for Gold Applications Now Open!

Notice: Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce that we will now be accepting Quest for Gold Applications for the upcoming season.  Applications will be accepted until February 2nd at 11:59 PM ET and must be submitted to questforgold@athleticsontario.ca.  We thank all athletes, coaches and parents for their patience.

Please note, any applications submitted before January 15th, 2018 MUST be re-submitted using final posted criteria.

2017-18 Athletics Ontario Quest for Gold – Final Criteria


Athletics Ontario Quest for Gold Committee


Athletics Manitoba HIRING: Executive Director

Athletics Manitoba is seeking a new Executive Director. This position is multi-faceted and will focus on building capacity and effectively delivering programs throughout the province.

Athletics Manitoba is a provincial sport organization that promotes performance excellence, the long-term development of Athletics in Manitoba, and sport for life. We are a volunteer-driven, Athletics-focused, not-for-profit organization that operates under the umbrella of Sport Manitoba. Athletics Manitoba programs are supported and delivered in all seven regions of Manitoba.

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Conflict of Interest
The Athletics Manitoba Executive Director Selection Committee invites all interested and qualified candidates to apply. However, should the successful candidate be a coach of athletes who are receiving or eligible for funding or hold a senior leadership position within a track club, those conflicts will require resolution before the successful candidate can officially begin in their role as Athletics Manitoba Executive Director.

Salary Range: $55,000 – $60,000

Submission of Applications The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018; 4:30 pm CST. Interested candidates are asked to forward a resume and cover letter detailing their suitability for the position to Grant Mitchell, President, Athletics Manitoba.

Applications will be accepted by email: info@grantmitchelladr.com, or mail:
Athletics Manitoba ED Search
Athletics Manitoba
145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, MB
R3B 2Z6


AO Indoor Championship Series Meet #1 Relay Team Challenge

We’re offering relay teams the chance to receive reimbursement for our AO Indoor Championship Series Meet #1.

The winning team’s photo will result in their Club being reimbursed for One Relay Team Entry, of $35.00, as well, they will receive a set of four (4) AO buffs and sleeves. Four (4) athletes from the same club, registered to a relay team for the Championship, must be in the photo (wearing identical club tops/singlets). All four (4) athletes must also be registered with Athletics Ontario for the 2018 season to be eligible. Athletes must also tag Athletics Ontario (@athleticsont) in the post and include these two hashtags: #AOIndoors and #AORelays.

We are extending the deadline to submit photos to Saturday January 13, 2018. We will take submissions on both Facebook and Instagram, and the top submission will be selected and announced at the Championship on Sunday January 14, 2018.

Teams do not have to be present to win the contest, we will contact the winning team/Club providing we can determine which club the team is from in their photo.


Team Ontario Athletes Selected for Canadian Cross Country Championships

We are excited to announce the athletes who have been selected to represent Team Ontario at the Canadian Cross Country Championships this weekend on Saturday November 25, in Kingston ON. Join us in wishing these, and all of our other Ontario athletes, the best of luck at the Championship!

Athletics Canada is offering a live stream for those who are unable to attend the event. Click here to go to the Athletics Canada TV page and view the stream.

The athletes are as follows:

Youth Women
Remy Cattell
Aleksa Gold
Eliza Jane Boston
Anna Workman
Tiana LoStracco
Maya Hannagan

Youth Men
Campbell Lee
Joshua Zelek
Evan Burke
Noah Costa
Mathew Lampard
Patrick Dean

Junior Women
Lilly Tuck
Zoe Burke
Hannah Russell
Jocelyn Chau
Cameron Ormond
Martha MacDonald

Junior Men
Edward Hayfron
Brad Sheeler
Cameron Circa
Nick Mota
Thomas Witkowicz
Max Turek

Senior Women
Natalia Hawthorn
Leslie Sexton
Laura Desjardins
Sasha Gollish
Julie-Anne Staelhi
Claire Sumner

Senior Men
Blair Morgan
Andrew Nixon
Kevin Blackney
Phil Parrot-Migas
Trevor Hofbauer
Bonsa Gonfa


AO 2017 Cross Country Championship Preview

Get ready to run!

Our Annual Cross-Country Championship is taking place this Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Morrison Meadows in Bracebridge, ON. We have almost 900 athletes registered to compete on this beautiful course.

Important note regarding parking: Please take note that you can only do drop offs at the site of the Cross-Country Championships. Parking will be located just west of the championships by the JD Lang Activity Park. Shuttles will be available all day long to and from the Championship site.


We have some incredible talent coming to the meet, here are some athletes to watch for:

Christian Barida: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Athletics Ontario winner of the Bantam Boys Long-Distance Athlete of the Year Category

Jocelyn Chau: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m finalist

Sophie Coutts: Central Toronto Athletic Club, Finished 2nd in the Midget Girls category at the 2017 OFSAA Cross Country Championship

Joshua Desouza: Newmarket Huskies, Athletics Ontario award winner of the Youth Boys Distance Category, Silver in the 3000m at Commonwealth Youth Games

Anne Forsyth: Speed River Track & Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m finalist

Dakota Goguen: Newmarket Huskies, Finished 3rd at the 2017 OFSAA Cross Country Championship

Abdullahi Hassan: Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario, Athletics Ontario Award Winner for the Midget Boys Distance Category

Ed Hayfron: Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario, Placed 6th in the Men’s Atlantic Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800m

Trevor Hofbauer: Speed River Track and Field Club, first Canadian man to finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Marcus Kemp: Speed River Track & Field Club, 7th at Commonwealth Youth Games in the 1500m

Campbell Lee: Niagara Olympic Club, Finished 3rd at the OFSAA 2017 Cross Country Championship

Brogan McDougall: Physi-Kult Kingston, Bronze in the 3000m at Commonwealth Youth Games

Nicholas Mota: Newmarket Huskies, Finished 2nd in the OFSAA 2017 Cross Country Championship

Katie Newlove: Ottawa Lions T.F.C., Ontario, Finished 5th at OFSAA Cross Country 2017

Aurora Rynda: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games Bronze medalist in the 800m

Leslie Sexton: London Runners Distance Club, first Canadian woman to finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Kyle Smith: Blue Devils AC, Canadian record holder in the 4x800m, previous AO staff member

Thomas Witkowicz: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games finalist in the 3000m


Additional Important Information

Please note the distances offered for the 2017 AO Cross Country Championship this year. Girls and Women will be offered slightly longer distances in our effort to get male and female distances equalized. Full details available in the technical package.
  • U14 Girls: 2 km
  • U16 Girls: 4 km
  • U18 Girls: 5 km
  • U20 Women: 6 km
  • 20+ Women: 8 km
There are no changes to boys/men distances.
Masters (30+) will run 5km.
Waivers: Clubs that have power of attorney may sign off for all of their athletes while others will need to sign off on their waiver when they pick up their bibs. Waiver forms can be found on the championship website.
Live Results during the meet can be found here.
There is NO PARKING on site at the race venue at 1177 Fraserburg Rd or along Fraserburg Rd.
Please park at JD Lang Activity Park (approx 1 km from venue) and take the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus will run continuously on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Round trip should be approx. 10 minutes.
Participant drop off on-site will be available when traffic conditions allow it. Please limit your drop off to 2 minutes max to avoid congestion.
No dogs are allowed on site at the race venue. Please leave your pets at home.
Hot food, bottled water, coffee and tea will be available on site.
Cash, credit cards and debit accepted.
Official XC Championships Merchandise
Long sleeve t-shirts $25
Hoodies $45
New Balance jackets $65
They can be personalized with your team name or nickname. Taxes extra.
From the South:
Follow HWY 11 North to Cedar Ln/Muskoka District Road 37 in Bracebridge. Take exit 184 from HWY 11 North.
Follow Cedar Ln to Fraserburg Rd/Muskoka District Road 14.
Shuttle Parking is on the left at JD Lang Activity Park before you cross HWY 11.
From the North:
Follow HWY 11 South to Taylor Rd/Muskoka District Road 42 in Bracebridge. Take exit 189 from HWY 11 South.
Turn Right on /Muskoka District Road 42.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Cedar Ln.
Follow Cedar Ln to Fraserburg Rd/Muskoka District Road 14.
Turn Left.
Follow Fraserburg Rd.
Shuttle Parking is on the left at JD Lang Activity Park before you cross HWY 11.

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.


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.

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 (kylesmith@athleticsontario.ca)

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