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Provincial Coaching Experiences Application now Open

XCSO is seeking Coach candidates for various Provincial Coaching Experiences.  Please complete this Google Form.  We will be accepting applications on an ongoing basis – please submit your application as soon as possible.  Multiple positions are available at some camps.

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XCSO is hiring – 2 District Development Coordinators (contract positions)

Cross Country Ski Ontario is accepting applications for District Development Coordinators in 2 Districts – Southern Ontario (SOD) and National Capital (NCD).  Please read more HERE.

The application intake process will continue until the position is filled – please submit an application as soon as possible.


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Heinz Niederhauser Award Recipient – Gord Salt

Cross Country Ski Ontario is pleased to announce Gord Salt of Highlands Trailblazers as the recipient of the Heinz Niederhauser Outstanding Coaching Award.   Gord started in his coaching career almost 50 years ago at the high school level and continued at the varsity level.  Gord then moved to club coaching and currently leads the Junior Development Program at Highlands Trailblazers and is also the club’s Coaching Coordinator.  Gord is a Learning Facilitator for NCCP Coaching course and has trained many coaches at multiple levels over the years.  Gord has long been an advocate for long-term athlete development and has helped the club structure their programs to maximize the retention of athletes. He is always athlete first focused. He is also constantly helping other coaches develop and improve their skillsets and levels while supporting athletes with high-performance ambitions as well as those who just want to improve their skiing and their athleticism.  From his nomination: “I knew Heinz, his dedication and what he meant to the sport in Ontario. I see Gord in that same light.”

Congratulations Gord! Gord will be presented the Heinz Niederhauser Outstanding Coaching Award on Monday, May 9 at ~8pm.  Please join XCSO in celebrating coaching in Ontario.  Zoom Meeting Link




FIS Survey for Athletes YOB 2002-2009

The FIS Youth and Children cross country skiing committee wants to conduct a survey amongst young athletes (birth year 2002-2009) in order to get a better view of athletes’ thoughts about cross country skiing. These views help FIS to evaluate the current status as well as to determine the direction that cross country skiing should be taken.
The survey must be completed by April 30 2022!

The result of this survey will be revealed and shared in the FIS Congress meetings in May, and all nations participating will of course get the results for their own nation.

Please use this link for  athletes birth year 2002-2009. Link to Canada’s survey: https://surveys.enalyzer.com?pid=fuqifdn6

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Bryan Dubeau hired as XCSO Technical Director

XCSO is pleased to announce the hiring of Bryan Dubeau as XCSO Technical Director. Bryan’s experiences include representing Team Canada at the 2019 & 2021 FISU Games; working with Southern Ontario clubs as SOD’s District Development Coordinator; and coaching the Walden Cross Country race team.  Bryan is a Competition Development Certified Coach as well as Learn to Train, Athletes with a Disability (AWAD) trained.  We are excited to welcome Bryan in this new role.

Jack Sasseville: “On behalf of the High Performance Committee I am excited to announce that Bryan Dubeau has accepted the position of Technical Director of XCSO. Bryan brings a wealth of experience at the club and district level to this role and I believe that he will help XCSO HP continue to grow and prosper going forward.”

Bryan is ready to take on this new challenge: “Ontario has much to celebrate and be proud of!  I am thrilled to build on the great work that has been done over the past several years.  Ontario has benefited greatly from Victor Wiltmann’s leadership. I endeavour to serve our community with the same giving mindset. I feel that a focus on connections and relationships will be Ontario’s path forward to excellence.  I am most excited by the opportunity to support both our Olympic and Para Olympic stream athletes on their path to success. We have a diverse and thriving ski community in Ontario and I am fully committed to working towards our potential.”

XCSO’s Board of Directors, committees and staff thank Victor Wiltmann for his commitment to the Ontario ski community.  Victor will continue with XCSO and manage the CSIO Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative portfolio.


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Heinz Niederhauser Outstanding Coach Award

XCSO is accepting nominations for the Heinz Niederhauser Outstanding Coaching Award.  This award was the inspiration of long time Ontario coach Heinz Niederhauser and is presented to an Ontario coach who has made an outstanding contribution to coaching and athletes in our province. Heinz loved coaching athletes and was a strong advocate for long term athlete development.

Please complete the nomination form by Sunday, May 1 at 23:59.

National Athlete Meeting followed by University Info Session

Annual Athlete meeting is taking place Tuesday, March 22 at 3pm Pacific Time, 6pm Eastern Time.  University Info session to follow.

Topic: Nationals Athlete Meeting
Time: Mar 22, 2022 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 745 734 2825
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Job Opportunities

NTDC Thunder Bay is hiring an Assistant Coach.  More details HERE

Highlands Nordic is hiring.  More details HERE



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Technical Director Position – application deadline extended

XCSO continues to accept applications for the position of Technical Director.  The application intake process will continue until the position is filled.  More information is HERE.

XCSO is Hiring! Paranordic Lead – deadline to apply March 21, 2022

Consider joining XCSO in the role of Paranordic Lead.  This .5 FTE position will help guide our PN program as we continue to grow our programming to all Ontarians.  More information is HERE.  New deadline for applications is March 21, 2022.