The Ontario Ski Team (OST) is one of the main properties of AOA with coaches , office staff and support staff working directly with this team throughout the year. Since its inception in 1977, the OST has been a leader in ski racing development in Ontario, Canada, and the world. Having athletes perform at a world class level is a priority at the National level. The province of Ontario shares a similar value and believes that no matter the sport, we are capable of producing the greatest athletes in Canada. As the Provincial body for Para, Alpine and Ski Cross we are tasked to field and fund the brightest young stars and pave the way for their success both in the short and long run. Many graduates of the OST have continued to race and achieve international success on the Canada National Ski Team.
The high cost of the program is well beyond the means of most athletes. Consistent with the programs of the other provinces, AOA pays 1/2 of the program costs while the families of the team pay the balance. The 50% from AOA comes from sponsorships and fundraising which is approximately $500,000 each year.
This U16 High Performance Program (HPP) is a new initiative for AOA that started in 2016 with consultations with Alpine Canada, The Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport (MTCS) and many AOA clubs and PSO organizations in Ontario. The program is collaborative in design, to work alongside club and regional programs. Athletes in the U16 Program remain with their existing teams and clubs.
The goal of the U16 HPP is to bring the best and most committed athletes together under common leadership to provide improved athletic advantages while reducing costs and taking advantage of local resources. Since its inception, AOA has invested $93,772 in to the U16 High Performance Development team.
Club Excellence (CE) identifies four main pillars of improvement within the sport of Alpine Skiing and is designed to provide more support and resources to AOA member clubs. The CE Program will provide targeted support and resources to participating AOA member clubs based on their needs and goals. The (CE) Program focus for the 2017-18 season will be on Coach Development and the Rossiter raffle. The goal of the program is to raise over $100,000 for coach education through the province.
Divisional Subsidies; Every year AOA provides each division with $10,000. These funds are used to help in the development and implementation of grassroots programs within each division.
Targeted Provincial Training Centre’s consists of a number of training days across the province, aimed to provide well-funded opportunities for athletes to hone their skills on some of Ontario’s most technical terrain. The athletes will have the opportunity to train and race alongside the OST.
Breakdown of Fundraising Budget:
Ontario Ski Team $466,000
U16 Development $91,000
Club Excellence $100,000
Divisional Subsidies $40,000
Targeted Provincial Training Centre $40,000
2018 Fundraising Budget: $737, 000