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Quest for Gold

Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP) is funded by the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), and operated through the Sport, Recreation & Community Programs Division.  The overarching goal of the Quest for Gold – OAAP is directly related to the High Performance Sport goal of the Canadian Sport Policy – that Canadians are systematically achieving world-class results at the highest levels of international competition – by improving the performance and number of Ontario athletes performing at the national and international level, 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 improved high performance coaching; and

  • To enhance training and competitive opportunities available to athletes.


The intent of the OAAP is to provide funding to individual athletes in the sport’s Train to Train and Train to Win categories based on their demonstrated commitment to high performance sport, allowing them to continue to pursue athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition. Only those athletes that meet the required minimum performance standard detailed in this Selection Criteria will be considered for this program. Ideally an athlete will first receive a Quest for Gold “Ontario Card” for 1 to 3 years, which will allow them to train towards the goal of a national team position in subsequent years.  Once an Ontario athlete reaches the national level and becomes a recipient of Sport Canada’s carding program, they become eligible for the Quest for Gold “Canada Card”.  Athletes who are not planning to train towards this level of competition should not apply for this program.

July 19, 2022

2021-2022 Quest for Gold Program

We received $15,598.00 for Quest for Gold Ontario Card funding which will be 100% directed to high performance athletes. 

DRAFT list of athletes selected to receive funding based on the 2021-2022 Ontario Athlete Assistance Program Selection Criteria (ranking is based on SDC competitions from May 28, 2021 to March 31, 2022): 
Full Card: Senior Athletes
Maya Laylor (Primary)*
Shania Bedward (Alternate)
Boady Santavy (Primary)*
Noah Santavy (Alternate)

*Maya Laylor and Boady Santavy are recipients of the Canada Card; thus, Ontario Card will be awarded to the listed alternate athletes. 

Half Card: Junior Athletes
Naomie Lusignan
Alana Santavy 
Feras Sharaf Eldin
Xavier Lusignan

Athletes who have not been nominated for an Ontario Card by the OWA Selection Committee or who have been nominated for a ‘Half Card’ versus a ‘Full Card’, where applicable will be allowed to appeal this decision by contacting the OWA by Tuesday July 26, 2022

April 29, 2021

2021-2022 Quest for Gold Program

The Hon. Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, announced several funding decisions last month to support grassroots activities, sport and recreation organizations and high-performance athletes. Unfortunately, the Ministry will only fund the Canada Card program from 2020-2021. To see the full news release, click here.


The Canada Card will provide additional funding over and above the full value of the carding designation an athlete is receiving from Sport Canada. Our national-level athletes Amanda Braddock and Boady Santavy are currently carded by Sport Canada and will be receiving a 35% top-up in addition to their Sport Canada funding. 


An announcement will be made if the Ontario Card program will return next year.​

April 8, 2020

2021-2022 Quest for Gold Program

Ontario Weightlifting Association is pleased to announce the final list of athletes 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 Weightlifting Association and applied by (the) Selection Committee. 

Full Card:

Maya Laylor

Noah Santavy

Half Card:

Feras Sharaf Eldin

Erica Folo

Xavier Lusignan

Megan Trupp

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