The Quest for Gold Program was established to provide additional support to athletes from Ontario and to increase the performance and number of Ontario athletes competing at the highest national and international levels, thereby contributing to the improved performance of Canada at international competitions.

Specific objectives of the program are:

  • To help athletes continue their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition;

  • To encourage athletes to stay in Ontario to live and train;

  • To compensate athletes for earnings lost while training;

  • To enable athletes to successfully pursue excellence in sport while fulfilling their educational goals;

  • To increase athlete access to high performance coaching; and

  • To enhance training and competitive opportunities available to athletes.



Ontario Speed Skating is pleased to announce the final list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2019-2020 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). The athletes nominated were selected using the sport specific selection criteria developed by Ontario Speed Skating and applied by (the) Selection Committee.


Short Track

Women – Renee Steenge, Aaralyn McGill, Sylvia Kolodziejczyk, Sasha Butterworth, Andria Scarpelli and Kristen Adourian

Men – Ethan McKinley-Young, Arye Richards, Luka Mahrt-Smith, Kitz Richards, Sebastian Champagne, Samuel Galloway, Alexander Giannotti and Christopher Langridge

Alternates: Tyler Yue

Long Track

Women – Lily Weidemann, Sierra Johnson, Claire Mallard, Rachel Mallard and Emily Wood

Men – Matthew Laxton, Gibson Himbeault, and Emil Hodzic-Santor



The Quest for Gold Athlete Assisance Program 2019-2020 Athlete Selection Criteria is now available. 

Athletes must submit all required information to the OSSA Executive Director Mary Frances Carter at no later than 

Tuesday March 31, 2020.

Please review the Athlete Selection Criteria carefully.


Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.  

A DRAFT LIST of nominated athletes will be posted by April 8, 2020. 


Quest For Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program Selection Criteria

Athlete Notice of Appeal Template

Thank you to the Government of Ontario for their support!