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Understanding HF & LF wax

An interesting and informative Op-Ed on HF & LF waxes in cross country skiing.

By Erik D. Mundahl, P.E.

Nordiq Canada updated competition categories

Nordiq Canada competition model is updated with new ‘U-(age)’  nomenclature for competition categories for the 2019-2020 ski season.

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

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!

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2019/2020 Ontario Cup Bid – Deadline extended to June 16

Cross Country Ski Ontario is now accepting bids to host Ontario Cups for the 2019/2020 ski season.  Deadline for submissions is extended to June 16, 2019. Please see related documents on our officials page.

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2019/2020 Competition Category Name Changes

Cross Country Ski Ontario will be adopting new competition category names which are reflective of the age of athlete within the category.  This will include all Ontario Cups and Youth Championships – technical package updates are currently being completed.  Click here for more information from Nordiq Canada.

5 medals for Team ON

Ontario had a banner day on Day 2 of competition at the 2019 Canada Winter Games with 2 gold medals and a silver medal in the free technique sprint event.  NTDC Thunder Bay athletes Graham Ritchie (Big Thunder) and Pierre Grall Johnson (Nakketok) took the led at the halfway point of the A Final and didn’t look back after posting the top 2 qualifying times. “The best feeling was sharing this with fellow NTDC Thunder Bay teammate Pierre, our skis were awesome – a huge shout out to the wax techs”.   This is Graham’s second medal of the games after winning a bronze medal in the 10K free technique individual start race yesterday.  The bronze medal also has an Ontario connection with LU Thunderwolves Conor McGovern also on the podium.

NTDC Thunder Bay athlete and LU Thunderwolves Shaylynn Loewen (Georgian Nordic) posted the 4th fastest time in the qualifier and moved through the heats with ease.  Shaylynn had a come from behind push in the final 100 metres to take the gold medal. This is Shay’s first gold medal at a National event.   “Everything lined up today – wax techs did an amazing job and the course suited me well”.

NTDC Coach Camille Cheskey is the Head Coach of the CWG Team Ontario and was thrilled with the results.  Everyone had a great day today with all our athletes qualifying for the heats.  The wax techs outdid themselves and put all the athletes in a great position.

Ontario Paranordic rounded out the medal haul with Kyle Barber of Lively, ON taking a silver medal in the PN standing category 2.5Km free technique and 3-time CWG athlete Tanya Quesnel of Sudbury, ON winning a silver medal in the PN Sitting category 2.5km event.  Patti Kitler, PN coach was pleased with the entire team’s results.

 

 

 

 

Mono Nordic takes the coveted Club Banner at Youth Champs

Congratulations to Mono Nordic winter of  the Ontario Youth Championships banner.  Close behind in 2nd and 3rd was Highlands Nordic and Team Hardwood.  Great work by all the athletes, coaches & parents!  Thank you to North Bay Nordic for hosting a great event.

XCSO accepting bids for 2020/2021 Youth Championships

XCSO is now accepting bids for the 2020/2021 Youth Championships.  Please review the Ontario Youth Championships technical package. Please note ON clubs which operate a CCC Jackrabbit program are eligible to submit a bid.  Deadline for submission is Monday, March 4th at 5pm.  Please contact Liz Inkila or Alan White for more information.