Rowan’s Law Implementation (Concussion safety)

The Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport (MTCS) very recently provided Cross Country Ski Ontario (and other provincial sport organizations) information and resources related to the implementation of Rowan’s Law on July 1, 2019. Rowan’s Law, the legislation and the regulation, is about concussion safety. This has implications for clubs and sports offering programs to athletes under the age of 26. Q & A from MTCS webinars.

From the MTCS website:

Ontario is a national leader in concussion management and prevention. Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 makes it mandatory for sports organizations to:

  1. Ensure that athletes, parents of athletes under 18, coaches and officials confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s concussion awareness resources by July 1, 2019
  2. Establish a removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocol by July 1, 2020
  3. Establish a concussion code of conduct that sets out rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention by July 1, 2019

Concussion Awareness Resources

Links to age specific resources:

Ages 10 & under

Ages 11 to 14

Ages 15 & older

2020 Ontario Winter Games selection criteria

The 2020 Ontario Winter Games selection criteria is now available.  Orillia is the 2020 Ontario Winter Games host society.  The dates and location of the cross country skiing event will be communicated once finalized.

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XCSO launches Fund Development web page and two fund raising initiatives

Cross Country Ski Ontario is excited to launch our Fund Development web page and two fund raising initiatives.

Cross Country Ski Ontario recently launched a Fund Development program with the intention of increasing overall revenues within the next five years.

“We are thrilled adding this critical component to our organization”, says Liz Inkila, XCSO Executive Director. “It is XCSO’s intention that the Fund Development program will ultimately increase opportunities for athlete development; as well as promote greater participation of the sport including new Canadians and First Nation communities”.

In addition, XCSO has launched two exciting fund raising initiatives including the Athlete Development Bursary Fund – Project 142 and the Learn to Ski Bursary Fund – Project 143 through the Sport4Ontario platform. Sport4Ontario is a member of Canadian Council of Provincial & Territorial Sport Organizations to establish revenue generation projects for which a tax receipt can be received for qualifying donations.

Cross Country Ski Ontario (XCSO) provides the framework for Ontario cross country ski clubs and their individual members to participate in national programs established by the National Sport Organization, Cross Country Ski de Fond Canada (CCC). The organization is divided into four geographical ski districts representing 75 clubs and 13500 individual members.

The organization of cross-country skiing activities and the delivery of programs are principally carried out by individual clubs. The four districts (Southern Ontario, Northern Ontario, Lake Superior, and National Capital); as well as Cross Country Ski Ontario reflects the effort of Ontario clubs working together primarily managed by volunteer committees.

For additional information about XCSO and or to donate:
Contact: Catherine Smart at [email protected] (705) 606-0985 or [email protected]

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XCSO Coaching Seminar, Club Workshop & AGM Presentations are now available!

Our Coaching Seminar, Club Workshop and AGM was held in Ottawa May 31st – June 2.  Check out our Annual General Meeting page for Saturday and Sunday’s presentations.  Thank you to U Ottawa Nordiq for hosting our coaching seminar.  Check out U Ottawa Nordiq for  coaching seminar presentations and additional resources.

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New SOD Team Coach & Coordinator

SOD is pleased to announce that we have hired a new SOD Team Coach and a new SOD Team Coordinator for the upcoming year.  

Madison Fraser will take on the role of SOD Team Coach.  She brings her experience as an elite athlete while attending University, along with her experience coaching youth.  We look forward to Madison inspiring our athletes!

Scott Dowling will fill the role of SOD Team Coordinator.  He will draw on his experience as a Track Attack coach and his work experience in education.  SOD is excited to have Scott joining the team!

For more information about the SOD Team, please see our website:

Nordiq Canada Tier 2 Race Waxing Policy

Nordiq Canada will implement a Low Fluoro waxing policy at all Tier 2 races in the 2019/2020 ski season. More details.

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XCSO Volunteer of the Year: Pierre Millette

Cross Country Ski Ontario celebrated the achievements and contributions of long time National Capital District official Pierre Millette. Pierre’s contributions to race organizing and officiating in Canada are extensive. Pierre was Technical Delegate for Canada Winter Games, Chief of Competition at the 2019 Ski Nationals, and then officiating at the Quebec City World Cup.

Thank you Pierre for all that you do for racing in Canada!