Q4G Program Launch

The 2020 Q4G Ontario Athlete Assistance Program has been launched by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, & Culture Industries.  Deadline for important document submissions is March 31, 2020.


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Ontario Cup #5 Cancelled – Official Notice

In light of Ontario’s and Quebec’s public-health announcements on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the global and national response to a fast-evolving situation, the Jury made the difficult decision to cancel Ontario Cup #5. The Jury conferred with Nordiq Canada, Ottawa Public Health and the Local Organizing Committee and understood the safety and health of skiers, coaches, volunteers, and spectators outweighed the need and desire to have a final race of the season. Refunds will be based on the event cancellation policy as per Section 17.6 of the XCSO 2019-2020 Ontario Cup Technical Package.  The Ontario Team Programming & Athlete Development Opportunities will be amended to reflect the cancellation of 2 Ontario Cup races.  Amended document to follow.

Thank you very much to Nakkertok Nordic for their organization and hard work in planning and organizing the final Ontario Cup of the 2019/2020 season.  A special thank you to Technical Delegate Shawn Sinclair for his guidance and support in making a difficult decision.


2020 Ski Nationals Cancelled

In support of Canadian efforts to minimize the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Nordiq Canada in consultation with the local organizing committee at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Ski Club have chosen to cancel the 2020 Canadian Ski Championships, scheduled for March 25 to April 2. Read more

XCSO extends our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the Organizing Committee of the 2020 Ski Nationals for their  leadership, hard work and dedication in preparing to host the country.

O-Cup #5: Thea’s Race at Nakkertok Nordic.

Join us for O-Cup 5: Thea’s Race in Ottawa. This annual event, offering NCD points for younge skiers in the region, celebrates women in skiing and usually features beautiful spring weather! The O-Cup races and formats provide the ideal tune-up for skiers attending Nationals. In addition, we are offering competitive and recreational events for all other skiers. (This includes parents, siblings and supporters!) Early bird pricing ends at the end of day Sunday March 1.  Registration on Zone4.ca
We also need volunteers to help out on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Pick a slot of a few hours or the weekend!
Further information on racing and volunteering is available at: http://nakkertok.ca/event/theas-race/
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2020 Nakkertok Thea’s Race Promo

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Ontario athletes heading to World Champs/World Cups!

Ontario’s athletes heading to international competition!  Georgian Nordic’s Graham Ritchie and Nakkertok’s Pierre Grall-Johnson both training with NTDC Thunder Bay  will be joined by Lappe Nordic’s Annika Richardson and Zoe Pekos of Barrie XC/U Ottawa Nordiq to represent Team Canada at the 2020 Under-23 World Championships February 28 – March 8th in Oberwiesenthal, Germany.

Lappe Nordic’s Evan Palmer Charrette and Team Hardwood’s Bob Thompson will also be competing at FIS World Cups.  Click here for a link to NTDC’s Full story

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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.