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Southern ON District (SOD) is at the Toronto Snow Show

Representatives from clubs in Southern ON District (SOD) are at the Toronto Ski + Snow Show.  Give roller skiing a try! Learn more about cross country skiing – the best family sport around!  Visit our friends at Booth #1004 near the food area if you are in the neighbourhood.

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NEW wax protocol for SOD Paraffin Series races 2019-20

A main focus of the Paraffin Series has always been to “keep it simple to keep it fun!”

Recent changes in waxing protocols at both the National and Provincial levels has given us pause to re-examine our current wax practices for our SOD races. In particular, it appears to be in the best interest to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach and align with the LF-only policies adopted by both Nordiq Canada and XCSO for this coming season.

For the 2019-2020 season LF wax will be permitted in any category (including Open and Masters). 


Our intent in making this change is to assist clubs who may wish to streamline their wax inventory, thus making it easier to manage while at the same time reducing costs.  The focus of the Paraffin Series remains a strong commitment towards accessibility and a focus on athlete development.

Waxing is necessary and ever evolving part of our sport. As such, we endeavor to continue examining our practices in the efforts of finding a balanced approach.

Southern ON District (SOD): Ontario Winter Games Criteria

The 2020 Ontario Winter Games (OWG) will take place February 26th, 27th and 28th bringing together young cross-country ski athletes from across the province to compete at Hardwood Ski and Bike.  Event Participation is for U16, year 1 &2 (YOB 2005 and 2004) and U14, year 2 (YOB 2006) athletes who meet SOD Selection Criteria as outlined in this document.

SOD Selection Criteria 2020 OWG Final

Good luck to all those athletes whose goal is to attend these exciting multi-sport games!

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Enormous Loss – Shelby Dickey

The Duntroon and ski community suffered an enormous loss this weekend with the passing of Shelby Dickey in a cycling accident in North Bay.

There will be a private funeral in several months’ time. Arrangements are being managed by Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home, Stayner. The family requests that once the obituary is registered on the funeral home’s website, all messages of condolence be sent through the website found here: https://www.carruthersdavidson.com. A celebration of life will be held at Nipissing University, North Bay on Sunday September 15, 1 – 2:30 pm.

The family wishes for private time and space as they grieve together and thanks everyone for their support and care.

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New SOD Team Coach & Coordinator

SOD is pleased to announce that we have hired a new SOD Team Coach and a new SOD Team Coordinator for the upcoming year.  

Madison Fraser will take on the role of SOD Team Coach.  She brings her experience as an elite athlete while attending University, along with her experience coaching youth.  We look forward to Madison inspiring our athletes!

Scott Dowling will fill the role of SOD Team Coordinator.  He will draw on his experience as a Track Attack coach and his work experience in education.  SOD is excited to have Scott joining the team!

For more information about the SOD Team, please see our website: http://xcskiontario.ca/districts-clubs/sod/team/

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Mono Nordic Racing Celebrates!

On Sunday April 28, Mono Nordic athletes, coaches and parents gathered to celebrate a successful 2018-19 season.  Bryan Dubeau (High Performance Committee, Cross Country Ontario) awarded junior racers with Mono Nordic’s first-ever provincial championship banner, won at the Ontario Youth Championships in North Bay in February.  Thanks to Bryan Dubeau making the trip to personally award this banner and for taking time to talk with athletes about racing at the national and international levels.  Mono’s racers also competed as a team in 5 district and provincial races, including Mono’s own ‘Invitational’.  These races resulted in 7 Mono Nordic racers making the Southern Ontario District Team (the 30 top junior racers in Southern Ontario).  This year we congratulate Theo DeGroote, Meghan Rogers, Levi Dittman, Jerome Dittman, James Rowan, and Thomas Beukeboom in making this team. 

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SOD Annual General Meeting Reports

Thanks to those who attended this years SOD AGM held Saturday April 27th at Highlands Nordic. For those who could not attend in person we are providing links to the District Chair Report Barber-SOD_AGM and High Performance Report HPC presentation

Minutes: SOD AGM Minutes 2019

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SOD is Hiring — Team Coach & Coordinator

SOD is searching for a new Coach and a new Coordinator for the SOD Race Team.  We thank outgoing SOD Team Coach Shelby Dickey for her excellent work and wish her the best in future adventures.

SOD Team

The team is named to recognize and support the development of athletes racing the SOD races. The goal of the SOD Team is to support these athletes to begin to race competitively on the Ontario Cup circuit and to prepare to qualify for the Ontario Ski Team. The SOD Team targets athletes aged 13 through 16.  The SOD executive believes that promotion of an active ski racing circuit within SOD will strengthen the ski community by providing opportunities for skiers to come together as a community in fun and friendly competition.

SOD Team Coordinator

The SOD Team Coordinator is responsible for the administration of the team, including team selection, clothing, athlete communication, assisting the coach with planning team training camps, and promoting the SOD Paraffin Race Series.  The SOD Team Coordinator will be an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the board.

SOD Team Coach

The SOD Team Coach is to plan and deliver training camps for members of the SOD Team, with support from the coordinator as needed.  The SOD Team Coach must have, at a minimum, NCCP certification level of L2T-trained.


Full job descriptions and compensation details for both positions are available here: SOD Team Job Descriptions

To apply for either position, please send resume and cover letter to [email protected].  Application deadline is April 15, 2019.

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POSTPONED TBD: SOD World Snow Day Jamboree @ Highlands Nordic

Due to EXTREME Cold we have decided to re-schedule the SOD World Snow Day Jamboree @ Highlands Nordic to a later date in February.  Further details will follow.