Quest for Gold

2017-2018 Quest For Gold Nominations

Feb 16, 2018 Draft Nominations releasedTOR_DOCUMENTS-#3775906-v1-2017-18_Q4G_Announcement_of_Nominated_Athletes

Mar 20, 2018: the above nominations are final.  There were no appeals.


2017-2018 Quest For Gold Selection Criteria

Shooting Sports QFG 2017-18 Criteria FINAL

2017-2018 Quest For Gold Application Form

2017-2018_QFG_application_form (revised Jan 26, 2018)

NOTE: The submission deadline for the application is Feb 7, 2018 @ 11:59pm.

The correct link for the 2018 SFC athlete selection criteria is

The 2018 SFC NAST selection criteria for your reference: SFC 2018 Athlete Selection Criteria NAST v08 Dec 16



In Section 6.0, it states: “Decimal Scores, if submitted, will be converted to whole numbers if and when applicable, to determine ranking.”

Please note that this language was retained in the event that we needed to use it and will be removed from next year’s criteria in its entirety. The current process is that paper scores are being converted to decimal scores by the standard formula (multiply by 1.045). This formula is not specifically set out in the criteria as it’s the SFC accepted standard. This is the same process as it’s been for several years now and has not changed.

In Section 6.0, it states: “The same shooting range cannot be used more than twice when submitting scores (Example, three or more scores cannot be submitted from the same shooting range).”

However, in Section 7.0, it states: “A maximum of two (2) scores can be submitted from the same location (range), excluding the 2017 Canadian National Championships location.”

Please note that the location of Canadian Nationals does not count against an athlete as a location when submitting scores as we don’t always know in advance what location will be used for our nationals. Therefore, for this cycle, the 2017 CAGP, 2017 Cdn Nationals and another cut-score match held at the PanAm Centre in 2017 may all be used when declaring scores.


Quest for Gold Athlete Ranking Clarification

Athletes are ranked in descending order based on the following criteria:

  1. Number of times the SFC development team cut score was achieved (in the submitted scores)
  2. The average number of points above the SFC development team cut score.

The word “percentile” used in the documentation is not used in the correct context as to the intended calculation process. Please ignore the use of this word.


Three male junior air rifle shooters submit the following scores:

Athlete A Athlete B Athlete C
591.2 592.2 592.3
590.5 589.0 588.2
593.7 591.2 589.6
588.0 590.6 590.7
591.0 590.3 590.5


For the above sets of submitted scores:

  Athlete A Athlete B Athlete C
SFC junior dev team cut score 590.0 590.0 590.0
Number of times above cut score 4 4 3
Average (of 5 scores) 590.88 590.66 590.26
Average points above cut score 0.88 0.66 0.26
Integer average points above cut score 1 1 0

As illustrated above, we have a tie between Athlete A and B.  So according to section “7.0 Breaking a Tie”, we will now reduce the data set to average the top 4 submitted scores.  Athlete C automatically ranks the lowest because he only submitted 3 scores above the cut score.

  Athlete A Athlete B
SFC junior dev team cut score 590.0 590.0
Number of times above cut score 4 4
Average (of top 4 scores) 591.6 591.08
Average points above cut score 1.6 1.08
Integer average points above cut score 2 1

From the above calculation, this will be the final ranking.

  1. Athlete A
  2. Athlete B
  3. Athlete C

Now, if the above example had resulted in Athlete A and B tied after the averaging to 4 top scores, then we would have looked at the 2016 National Championship results for men’s air rifle to determine who had the higher score from the qualification round.




Q. The age requirement talks about 23 or over for adult and under 22 for juniors. Does this leave out 22 year olds for either group? Also is this the age they reach during the calendar year or as of what date?

A. There was an error made in the age references and should read “23 or over for adult” and “22 or under for juniors” – this is because it’s a backward funded model and therefore refers to athlete performance from the year previous when the junior was still competing at 21.


Q. It refers to appendix A. Is this attached somewhere?

A. Appendix A is the Application and example attached thereto.


Q. In the document it refers to basing things on percentile ranking with an asterisk but no clarification. How does decimal vs whole number scoring fit in and do you have a formula for in mind for this?

A. Again, the conversion is referred to in the Application document and also refers to the calculations as made by the SFC. This process remains unchanged from last year’s calculations.