The sport governing body for track and field in Canada, now called Athletics Canada, was established in 1889 and is one of the oldest affiliated bodies with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), fourth only to Great Britain (1880), New Zealand (1887), and the USA (1888). Athletics Ontario (formerly the Ontario Track and Field Association) is a branch of Athletics Canada.
Until 1974, Ontario was split into three governing bodies, Southwestern, Northwestern, and Central. However, there was an interest in establishing a more efficient means of developing the sport while maintaining a system which would still enable regions to have a voice regarding major decisions in the province. As a result, a new provincial association, composed of six newly defined regions was formed in 1974, and in October 1977 the Ontario Track and Field Association became an incorporated body.
Athletics Ontario’s organizational mission is to: develop, promote and ensure competent delivery of programs and competitions in athletics for the participant’s enjoyment of the sport produce highly competitive provincial, national and international athletes; and contribute to the health, fitness, social development and well-being of all participants.
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Ontarians acknowledge and support athletics as a sport important to individual and community health and fitness.
The objectives of Athletics Ontario are to:
- Promote physical, emotional and mental well-being;
- Promote athletics;
- Support and assist athletes in their development;
- Develop courses of instruction for/certification of coaches and officials; and
- Promote and ensure competent delivery of athlete-centred recreational and competitive athletics programs in Ontario through member clubs and athletics communities.
- Health and fitness through sports and throughout life;
- Commitment to excellence and the highest standards of performance by athletes at all age levels;
- Integrity, loyalty, fair play, sportsmanship, honesty, commitment, dedication, patience, mutual respect and cooperation;
- Inclusiveness, accessibility and affordability in participation;
- Individual development and measurable achievement encouraged by administrators, coaches, officials and staff committed to Athletics Ontario values;
- High ethical and moral standards and practices in athletics and the governance of athletics; and
- Prudent, transparent stewardship that demonstrates value for the investment of fiscal and human resources.
Programs & Services
Athletics Ontario provides the following programs and services to support the development of members:
- Sport Development Opportunities (i.e. Workshops, Club Connections, Coach Connections, etc.) for Athletic Events
- Provincial Team Opportunities – Provincial team opportunities for athletes and coaches
- Athlete Training and Workshops (age group and combined)
- Provincial Championships (i.e. Track and Field Indoor and Outdoor, 10,000m Track, Race Walk, Cross Country Championships, Road Racing)
- Club Insurance – Insurance for Clubs to ensure Coaches, Athletes and Clubs are covered
- Club Support and Resources – Governance tools/ templates, mentoring, support, etc.
- Funding Opportunities – AO connects members with funding opportunities, grants and support organizations
- Equipment Rental – Usage and rental of AO equipment to supplement a club’s inventory for meets, events or workshops
- Rankings and Results – Updated results and rankings of AO members ongoing
- Awards & Hall of Fame – AO celebrates sport with an annual Gala, Awards and Hall of Fame induction evening
- Certification for Coaches
- Certification for Officials