Job Opportunity – Carleton Ravens Head Coach

Carleton University Recreation and Athletics is seeking a highly motivated and skilled applicant for the position of Head Coach, Nordic Skiing. More information HERE.

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2023 Ski Nationals & CCUNC Championships to be held in Thunder Bay

The 2023 Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals and Canadian College & University Nordic Championships will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario at the Lappe Ski Centre.  Congratulations to Lappe Nordic and Big Thunder Nordic Ski Clubs for their successful bid.  The last time Nationals was held in Thunder Bay was in 2018.  Read more HERE.

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Provincial Coaching Experiences Application now Open – UPDATED

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 Membership Fee Update

At the XCSO AGM on Monday, May 9, membership fees were discussed and voted upon.  The XCSO membership fee is now $10 per member effective immediately.  The Zone4 membership panel has been updated – see below for illustration purposes for NOD.  Clubs are advised to change their documentation as appropriate and inform their membership.

Special Note to Clubs which have opened their 2022/2023 Membership Registration: Zone4 has informed XCSO that if any of 2022/2023 member’s carts are edited, Zone4 will reprocess and the $2 per member difference will be charged to the Club.  This reprocessing can be triggered in many ways such as from a Club Administrator editing a misspelled name, changing someone’s program choice, or giving a refund, for example.

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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




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Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipient – Grant Hall

Cross Country Ski Ontario announces that late Grant Hall of Lappe Nordic is the recipient of the XCSO Outstanding Volunteer Award.  Grant began volunteering at Lappe Nordic in the early 2000s.  He was a fixture in race organizing at Lappe for local, regional, provincial and national races.   Read about Grant’s volunteerism HERE.

This award will be presented at the XCSO AGM on Monday, May 9th at ~ 8pm.  Cross Country Ski Ontario will be developing a virtual Hall of Fame on our website for great volunteers in our sport.

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Alan White

The Cross Country Ski Ontario Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Alan White will be the inaugural recipient of the Cross Country Ski Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award celebrates outstanding contributions to cross country skiing in Ontario and Canada.  Many of us know Al from being on a timing crew or seeing him in the role of Technical Delegate at an Ontario Cup.  Al has been busy behind the scenes as well.  Al began with Cross Country Ski Ontario (then called Cross Country Ontario) in the 1990s.  Please read more HERE.

Congratulations Al! Thank you for your outstanding achievements in officials development, race organizing, timing and volunteerism! Al will be presented with the award on Monday, May 9th at the XCSO AGM ~ 8pm.

Q4G Ontario Athlete Assistance Program Funding – Direct to Athlete Support

The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries (MHSTCI) has provided funding to Cross Country Ski Ontario to be directed towards either Direct to Athlete Funding or High Performance Program Funding.  Cross Country Ski Ontario is directing this funding to athletes.  The criteria for athlete nomination and selection will look much as it did pre-COVID with some added flexibility due to the flexible nature of the MHSTCI funding.

More information HERE.

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