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XCSO Return to Sport Protocol updated with Proof of Vaccination Guidelines

Please continue to visit this website for up to date information as we continue to manage our sport during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thank you to our ski community for their continuing support and adherence to public health guidelines.

Please refer to our COVID-19 page which is now updated with information about:

  1.  Return to Sport including the Government of Ontario’s Proof of Vaccination program
  2. Updated Return to Training
  3. A sample Safety Plan for training camps (also available in Word)
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XCSO Workshop & Apply It Weekend

Re-connect with the XCSO ski community on October 22-24 for a Workshop & Apply It Day (COVID-19 permitting).  Strict adherence to public health guidelines will be in place for all sessions and activities.

Schedule at a glance is HERE.  More details to follow.

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Ontario’s Proof of Vaccination

Cross Country Ski Ontario has received details from the Government of Ontario on proof of vaccination.  We are reviewing O.Reg 645/21 and accompanying guidance.  We will be updating our Return to Sport Protocol to reflect the current government regulations.  We encourage the ski community to follow public health guidelines.  More information on vaccines is HERE.

Nakkertok is hiring!

Job Opening – Nakkertok Nordic:  High Performance Coach

Nakkertok Nordic is hiring a full time, enthusiastic leader to be the new high performance coach of the Equipe Nakkertok Racing Group (ENRG), U20 and older athletes.  Nakkertok has a successful high performance racing program with 250 athletes, 3 paid full time coaches, 4 part time paid coaches, a strong volunteer coach/ admin support structure and excellent facilities, including snowmaking.  The position offers a competitive salary with benefits.  Competitive Development certification is requested. Bilingualism would be an asset.  This position starts September 1, 2021.  If you are interested, please contact Race Program Director, Alain Nicolle at [email protected] with a cover letter and resume before 15 August 2021.

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Step 3 Ontario Re-opening: Updated Return to Training

The province of Ontario has moved into Step 3 of re-opening.  More information HERE on how that impacts our Return to Sport/Training.

Coupe Skinouk Rollerski race – Sept 18/19, 2021

After a one-season hiatus because of COVID-19 in 2020, the Coupe Skinouk Rollerski will be back this year. The information regarding the event has not all been finalized but Club Skinouk suggests that you reserve the dates of September 18 and 19, 2021 in your calendar in order to participate or to encourage people around you to participate. You can be also a volunteer!

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Ontario to Move to Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen on June 30

Ontario is moving to Step 2 on June 30 at 12:01am (with the exception of Waterloo Region).  The regulation for Step 2 is available HERE.  Highlights include:

  • No limits on group size for sports
  • Cohorts are not required for group training
  • Games and  sports which may result in personal contact are not permitted – Incidental contact during sport should be avoided

XCSO is reviewing our current Return to Sport document and anticipate small changes based on the public health guidelines as vaccination rates increase and case numbers decrease.

References:

What’s allowed to open in Step 2

 

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Ontario to Move to Step One of Roadmap to Reopen on June 11

Ontario is moving to Step 1 on June 11 at 12:01am – the regulation regarding Step 1 is not yet available, however, once it is published and reviewed, XCSO will provide further guidance if necessary.  Please note during Step 1 the following is permitted:

  • Outdoor sports training (no games or practices), fitness classes and personal training up to 10 people

Questions or concerns with respect to implementation at the local level should be directed to your local public health unit.

References:

Roadmap to Re-open Ontario

News Release

 

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XCSO hires District Development Coordinators

XCSO is excited to announce the hiring of 3 of 4 District Development Coordinators.

Southern Ontario District will be led by Coach Bryan Dubeau. Bryan is a Competition Development Certified Coach who has led Team Canada at the 2019 FISU Games. Katherine Denis will lead the National Capital District. Katherine, a T2T coach, currently coaches with Nakkertok and competed as a varsity athlete with U Ottawa Nordiq and at the 2019 FISU Games. Lake Superior Ski District will have Katherine Hall at the helm. Katherine coaches with Lappe Nordic and competed as a varsity athlete with Lakehead University. If you would like to reach out, please check out our Contacts page.

The District Development Coordinators will be tasked with reaching out to clubs in their districts to engage and facilitate the development of coaches, athletes and parents in the sport of cross country skiing.

We continue to seek a District Development Coordinator for Northern Ontario District. More information here.