In September 2021, Judo Ontario published a draft criterion for the 2021-22 Quest for Gold program.
At the time of publication, Judo Ontario were not able to confirm if the planned qualification events would be able to take place or more importantly, if the Quest for Gold program would resume under its pre-covid-19 state.
This previous document was published as an unofficial draft guideline for athletes, based on if the above factors would allow so, and not as an official document. Judo Ontario could not anticipate or predict the ongoing development of the Covid-19 situation and the impact it would have on this program.
The 2021-22 Season had a limited number of competitive events within the expected Quest for Gold criteria timeframe and unfortunately several previously targeted events were rescheduled outside of the allocated timeline by other Provincial Organizations. Judo Ontario will not be able to allocate funds as previous years, based on results, as to do so from a single competitive event would eliminate athletes who had planned to compete at the now ineligible rescheduled events.
Through extensive discussions with the Quest for Gold Committee and all relevant stakeholders, a more comprehensive strategy for Ontario athlete support and development was established as the most valuable investment of funds. The resulting MHTSCI plan and suggested allocation of funds is outlined below:
1) Support high performance programming for athletes in the Train to Compete stage & above (i)
2) Access to sport science and sport medicine support (ii)
3) Card (direct funding) Senior National level athletes not carded by Sport Canada. (iii)
4) Card (direct funding) Cadet & Junior National level athletes not carded by Sport Canada. (iv)
(i) Support for National and International provincially led events.
(ii) Sport Science / Sport medicine administered by The Canadian Institute of Sport. This would include access to service providers in Strength & Conditioning, Physiotherapy & Nutrition.
To be eligible for direct funding, athletes will be required to meet one of the following criteria & complete the online funding registration no later than by the end of business day April 29th, 2022.
(iii) Full-time U18, U21 or Senior athlete training at National Training Centre, Montreal - Not carded by Sport Canada.
• Training Status definition
(iv) Full-time U18 or U21 athlete training at Regional Training Centre, Toronto - Not carded by Sport Canada
• Training Status definition
The carded athlete funding will be distributed no later than May 31st, 2022.If any athlete wishes to receive their funding via direct deposit, they must upload a copy of. void cheque to their online registration, otherwise their funding will be issued by mailed cheque.
The Quest for Gold Committee can be reached via Q4G@judoontario.ca