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Quest for Gold

What is Quest for Gold?

Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2019-2020 (OAAP) is funded by the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries (MHSTCI), 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.

Athlete Eligibility

In accordance with the OAAP guidelines, Field Hockey Ontario develops sport-specific selection criteria and forms a Selection Committee that will apply these criteria. The top-ranked athletes, based on the criteria, will be awarded Ontario Card status in 2019-2020. This Selection Criteria has been approved by Field Hockey Ontario and reviewed by MHSTCI staff. Nominated athletes will be required to sign and comply with an Athlete Agreement between the athlete and Field Hockey Ontario. Carding status will be for one year starting April 1, 2019 ending March 31, 2020. Carded athletes will be required to compete exclusively on behalf of the Province of Ontario at National Championship events and for Canada at International Championship events, for a period of one year from the date carding is approved and acknowledge Ontario as their permanent place of residence on athlete profiles, Media Guides, PSO/NSO and personal websites, and in similar types of public communications.
There are a number of criteria that go into athlete selection. 
  • Athlete performance at the previous year's National Championship (25%)
  • National coaches' squad ranking (40%)
  • Fitness scores (35%)
Fitness Eligibility for Q4G:

Test results within the last 6 months for the following tests:

  • 30-15 or YoYo scores
  • 0-10m sprint times
  • 0-40m sprint time

Male and Female Fitness Evaluation:

For fitness evaluation the player must submit an official letter from their university or FHC with the following information:

30 -15 or Yoyo Results.

  • Date test was administered
  • Location / field surface of where test was administered
  • Name of practitioner/coach  who administered the test

0-40m Sprint

  • 0-10m split and 0-40m split times
  • Date test was administered
  • Location and surface of where the test was administered
  • Name of practitioner/coach who administered the test

The letter must also include:

  • Signatures from Athletic Director, Head Coach and practitioner/SnC coach who put the athlete through the tests
  • Letter must be on official letterhead from the university or FHC
  • Tests must have been administered within the last 6 months

If player does not have any current fitness test results then FHO will run the 30-15 and 0-40m tests in Kingston on March 21st, 2020 to be eligible for Quest for Gold.

If you are participating in the testing on March 21 or sending a letter from your school/FHC, a $100 QFG administration fee will be applied. This payment is to be sent to at the same time as submission of application in order to be considered.
Application must be submitted no later than Friday, March 27th.


For more detailed information about athlete eligibility, all of the selection criteria, and the selection process, please read the document below.

Please reach out to with any questions.