Ontario Supporting Athletes in their Quest for Gold
Province Helping 1,255 High-Performance Amateur Athletes Reach the Podium
Ontario is providing direct financial assistance and elite competition opportunities to 1,255 high performance amateur athletes this year to help them reach the podium and compete at the highest international levels.
John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South, was at the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Ottawa today to make the announcement on behalf of Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
This year, Ontario is supporting high performance amateur athletes by:
- Providing critical financial assistance to 1,255 athletes through the Quest for Gold Program, including direct funding to assist with the costs of living, training, sports equipment, accessing coaches and facilities and travel to competitions.
- Funding sporting events that offer the elite competition experience that athletes need to compete at the international level, such as the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships, which run from July 6-9. This competition gives Ontario athletes the opportunity to compete for a spot at the 2017 International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) World Championships.
The Ontario Quest for Gold Program lets amateur athletes focus on becoming the best in their sport, improving Ontario's and Canada's standing at international competitions.
Investing in amateur athletes and elite sporting events is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- For 2016-17, 1,255 Ontario amateur athletes will receive $6.36 million in direct funding from Quest for Gold.
- This year, Quest for Gold is also providing approximately $3.4 million to the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) and through the Team Ontario Development Grant to enhance coaching, training and competitive opportunities to athletes and their coaches.
- Ontario is investing $18,000 to support the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships through its Sport Hosting Program. Of the 620 Ontario athletes competing at the event, 93 are Quest for Gold recipients for this year.
- Past gold medalists Penny Oleksiak, Andre De Grasse and Rosie MacLennan all received Quest for Gold funding. Of the 31 Ontario athletes who received medals at the Rio Olympics, 29 were Quest for Gold athletes.
- Supporting high performance amateur athletes is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan.
“Ontario is a proud and enthusiastic supporter of amateur sports and the athletes who compete in them. Providing critical financial aid and elite competition opportunities to our high performance athletes are key elements of building a world-class amateur sport system. With this support, we’re letting our athletes focus on their training so that they can take home gold at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!”
“Ontario's athletes give their all to achieve excellence in sport, and our government is committed to supporting them. The Quest for Gold program provides the tools and resources that our high performance athletes need to excel in international competitions. The people of the City of Ottawa applaud the athletes competing at the Canadian Track and Field Championships for their strength and dedication and we look forward to watching them compete at this event.”
“I compete frequently throughout the year to qualify for national and international competitions. I’m able to put my Quest for Gold funding towards specialized medical care so I can recover quickly from any minor injuries. The funding helps keep me healthy and focused, so I can keep competing — all the way to the Olympics.”