Ontario continually seeks to help athletes seeking to achieve national and international high-performance success. The Quest for Gold program, the Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP), aims at improving the performance and number athletes from Ontario representing Canada on national and international levels.
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.
Working within the OAAP guidelines, ROWONTARIO has developed sport-specific selection criteria to award Ontario Card status to top performing athletes. This selection criteria includes the National Rowing Championships, the May East Trials, and RADAR among others.
For the 2014/2015 carding year, Ontario athletes that have received OAAP support have achieved success on the international stage. Para-rowing athletes Veronique Boucher and Andrew Todd recently won a bronze medal at the 2015 Senior World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France in the Legs, Trunks, Arms Mixed 4. This performance has also secured Canada a spot in the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Under-23 athletes have also achieved notable success at the 2015 U23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Karl Zimmerman was a member of the gold medal Men’s Quadruple Sculls. Fellow athlete David DeGroot won a bronze medal in the Men’s Four.
ROWONTARIO is currently preparing for the 2015/2016 Carding year. The first major step will be the National Rowing Championships on October 8-10, 2015 in St. Catharines, Ontario.