2018 - 2019 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program

Final List of Ontario Nominations Announced

The Ontario Speed Skating Association is pleased to announce the final list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2018-2019 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). The athletes nominated were selected using the sport specific selection criteria developed by The Ontario Speed Skating Association and applied by (the) Selection Committee.

Full Card Nominations - Short Track

 Claudia Heeney, Sylvia Kolodziejczk, Dania El Sammak, Claire Mallard, Ayre Richards, Ethan McKinley-Young, Kitz Richards and Bennett Lai.

Half Card Nominations - Short Track

Emma Grace Wheeler, Eugene Wong, Zakariya Jackson, Chris Langridge and Sebastian Champagne

Half Card – Short Track Alternate William Gibbons

Full Card Nominations - Long Track

Olivia Scott, Taylor White, Sierra Johnson, Matthew Laxton, Max Brant and Gibson Himbeault.

Half Card Nominations – Long Track

Caleb Hovey and Noah Bouma

 *Note: All Half Card nominees are Full Card Alternates

Please note that this list is unofficial and is subject to change pending the outcome of any appeals and/or any re-selection decisions made by the PSO/MSO Selection Committee or the Quest for Gold Appeals Committee.  This list should not be seen as final until posted as such. 

Athletes who have not been nominated and who wish to appeal this decision can do so by following the process set out in the Selection Criteria document

If after following the process set out in the Selection Criteria document an athlete wishes to appeal please complete the Athlete Notice of Appeal Template


Time Based Entry for Canadian Junior Selections

Skaters looking to qualify for Canadian Junior Selections (formerly “Juniors 2”) March 15-17 in Sherbrooke QC, should submit their 500m and 1500m times skated between August 1st and February 18th in an SSC sanctioned event with electronic timing to the OSSA office no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday February 12th by emailing Please provide accurate times and the event where they were skated.

These times are due to the OSSA office prior to the SSC deadline because Julie, the Sport Manager, will be in Red Deer at the Canada Winter Games. If a skater skates a better time between February 12th and February 18th (ex - at CWG), please send a follow up email to notify Julie of the change. She will check her emails periodically for this purpose.

The list of prequalified skaters comes out on February 13th. Julie will monitor the entries and will not submit the times for any skaters who have prequalified. Skaters who are not sure if they have prequalified should submit their best times to the OSSA office anyway.

If you have any questions, please email Julie at ahead of Tuesday February 12th.


Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games

Congratulations to the 27 speed skaters who competed in the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Winter Games in Sault Ste Marie last weekend!

Results from the weekend can be found here.

Thank you to the many coaches and volunteers who made this excellent weekend of racing possible!


Ontario Elite Championships Technical Bulletin Now Posted

The Ontario Elite Championships Technical Bulletin is now posted on the Technical Bulletins page of the OSSA website.

Ontario Elite Championships are March 9-10, 2019 in Gloucester.


OSSA Long Track Camp

OSSA is excited to host a Long Track Camp at the Brewer Park Oval in Ottawa on February 2-3, 2019. This camp is open to skaters who have qualified to Team Ontario for the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships (primary skaters and alternates), as well as any other skaters interested in gaining long track experience!

The camp will feature 6.5 hours of on-ice instruction from experienced long track coaches and 2-3 classroom sessions for each skating group.

Registration can be completed using the Online Registration Form by Friday January 25, 2019. Please note that this camp is weather permitting.

The cost for camp is $120. Payment must be submitted by Feb 1, 2019 via EMT to Password: OSSA2019. If the camp is cancelled due to weather, refunds will be issued.