Cross Country Ski Ontario & the Northern ON District are pleased to announce that Dick and Sally Hagman of Blind River Cross Country Ski Club are the recipients of the XCSO Outstanding Volunteer Award. Dick and Sally began volunteering at Blind River in the early 2000s. They work together, support each other and are both essential to the club’s continued growth and well being. Read about Sally & Dick HERE.
This award will be presented at the XCSO AGM on Sunday, May 28th at ~ 12:30pm. Please visit the XCSO Hall of Fame for information on our awards
The Cross Country Ski Ontario Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Rod Somppi of Lappe Nordic will be the recipient of the Cross Country Ski Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award. This award celebrates outstanding contributions to cross country skiing in Ontario and Canada. Rod began his timing journey in 2006 at the Ski Nationals held at Lappe Ski Centre and has been involved since then. Please read more HERE.
Congratulations Rod! Thank you for your outstanding achievements in timing and your commitment to racing in Ontario and Canada! Rod will be presented with the award on Sunday, May 28 at XCSO AGM ~ 12:30pm.
Cross Country Ski Ontario will launch a new suite of Safe Sport policies in collaboration with Nordiq Canada. A harmonized approach is the most effective way to prevent and address maltreatment in sport. Thus a Pan Canadian suite of safe sport policies has been adopted by the XCSO Board of Directors. Nordiq Canada has provided a template policy suite that will require customization by the clubs. Robust policies adopted at the club, Division and National level ensure everyone who participates in our sport is subject to the same standards of behaviour. Our sport environment is evolving and so must we as leaders in our sport.
Substantive Policies include:
- Athlete Protection Policy
- Code of Conduct and Ethics
- Social Media Policy
- Screening Policy
- Whistle Blower Policy
Procedural Policies include:
- Discipline and Complaints Policy
- Dispute Resolution Policy
- Appeal Policy
Clubs must adopt these policies by November 1, 2023. Those clubs joining later in the season will be required to adopt the policies within 3 months of joining XCSO – please see Implementation Schedule. Please consider attending XCSO Information Sessions on Tuesday, May 23rd or Tuesday, June 6th at 8:30pm.