OHPSI Overview

The Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) is a program run through the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) to develop and enhance a world-class high performance athlete and coach development system in Ontario.  Through this initiative, the Ontario Cycling Association is able to obtain resources, including access to sport science expertise, financial support, facilities, and equipment, to enhance our high performance system.  This system is created in alignment and partnership with Cycling Canada using the same sport science practitioners and creating joint initiatives to help facilitate athlete progression towards national team programs.

The overarching goal of OHPSI is to:

“To support Ontario athletes who are deemed capable of achieving future international success on senior national teams in targeted summer and winter Olympic/Paralympic Games and Pan/Parapan American Games sports.”


Given the geographic size and capacity challenges, Ontario recognizes that there are different athlete development pathways leading to Team Canada representation.  As a result, Ontario’s plan supports both centralized, OCA-led programming, and de-centralized club/personal coach training environments.  It must be recognized that there is a finite amount of resources available and to maximize the return on investment, the OCA will be responsible for identifying athletes demonstrating the highest potential for international success.


Athlete Selection Process

The following criteria are used for selection of athletes into the OHPSI/High Performance Athlete Targeted Program.  Simply meeting criteria does not guarantee entry into the program.  Final decisions will be made through the OCA High Performance Staff and coaches in-conjunction with Cycling Canada and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario personnel.  This list will be updated at different points in the year.  However, athletes are able to be added/removed from internal OHPSI lists at any time.

*Please recognize that without opportunities for talent id and athlete evaluation in 2020, the list currently reflects results/performances primarily from 2019

The program is designed for athletes for athletes 4-8 years [varies] from Olympic/Paralympic competition.


Tier Selection
Provincial High Performance/ National Prospect Pool

(Tier 1)

a) Athletes selected into National NextGen/Development    Programs [who are not fully supported]

b) Athletes selected to represent Canada at a U23/Senior World Championship [MTB/Track/BMX/Road]

c) Athletes competing at high level competition within their sport [UCI Trade Team, MTB World Cup] identified by Cycling Canada within the Prospect Pool

d) Athletes meeting National/International Team time standards as identified by Cycling Canada [track, para]

e) National/Provincial Coach recommendation based on demonstrated physiological performances or achievement of high level results

Provincial Performance Pool/National Development Pool

(Tier 2)

a) Athletes selected to represent Canada at a Junior World Championship [Road/Track/MTB/BMX] or achieved a national junior time standard when applicable

b) Athletes within 3% of the Cycling Canada “B” Para-Cycling Standards

c) Athletes placing top 3 [BMX/Para] or top 5 [Road/MTB] at U19/U23 National Championships

d) Athletes selected into part-time/associate national team programs, identified as tracking towards national team programs [identified pool], or are demonstrating progress towards higher level competition

e) Athletes in the U17 category that have captured an individual national championship and/or have demonstrated potential above their age and reflective of having success at an international level

Advancement Pool

(Tier 3)

a) Athletes selected into a Provincial Training Group Programs or Provincial Para-cycling HP Program [not meeting Tier 1/2 criteria]

b) Athletes with consistent performance results in the U17/U19 category at high level/national level events

c) Athletes identified as having potential through performance results, physiological testing [e.g.  RBC Training Ground], or provincial/national coach recommendation

d) National/Provincial Coach recommendation based on overall performances and reflective of targeted athlete profile


*May be subject to review based on number of competitors

OHPSI Targeted Athlete List [may not reflect most updated list, updates ongoing]

First Last  Sport First Last  Sport
Dylan Bibic Track/Road Carson Mattern Track/Road
Jackie Boyle Track Sprint Carson Miles Road
Miriam Brower Track/Road Christine Molnar Para-Road
Tyler Clark MTB Megan Muys Track Sprint
Madison Dempster Track Sprint Daniel Nordemann-DaSilva Road


Disera MTB Cole Punchard MTB
Chris Ernst Track/Road Tyler Rorke Track Sprint
James Hedgcock Track Sprint/BMX Josh Samells BMX
Gunnar Holmgren MTB Kaitlyn Shikaze MTB
Jennifer Jackson MTB Jocelyn Stel MTB
Dylan Kerr MTB Lauren Webber BMX
Curtis Krey BMX Ian Ackert MTB
Tyler Orschel MTB Colson Bates BMX
Kaitlyn Rauwerda Track/Road Elli Clark MTB
Andrew Scott Track Sprint Emily Dodge Track/Road
Ruby West Track/Cyclocross Ava Holmgren MTB
Nicole Bradbury MTB/Track Isabella Holmgren MTB
Owen Clark MTB Amanda Kleinikkink Track/Road
Axel Froner Road Liam Langford Track/Road
Daniel Gregory Track Kiara Lylyk Track/MTB
Kelly Lawson MTB Ryan Macdonald Track Sprint
Michael Leonard Track/Road Cole Zufelt BMX
Anthony Lue Para-Road

Team Ontario Athlete Photos