Para-Nordic Mentorship Opportunity at ON Para-Sport Games

The Ontario Parasport Collective and Coaches Association of Ontario strongly believe that coaching apprenticeship programs are an essential part of the development of a coach.  This pilot program would be the first of its kind as part of the Games Ontario Program. The program will provide up to one coach per sport the opportunity to develop their coaching skills through the Ontario Parasport Games.

Please review the program guidelines and timelines HERE. If you are interested, please apply no later than November 14, 2022 by 12pm EST. Please click here to apply.

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XCSO launches Updated Policies

Cross Country Ski Ontario has updated all relevant policies as required by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport. Policies can be found HERE.

XCSO is the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) formally recognized as the governing body for cross country skiing in Ontario. The primary function of a PSO is the development of athletes, coaches and officials and these new policies are compliant with the MTCS Sport Recognition policy.  We invite the ski community to learn more at two Community Updates.  Details below.

Monday, October 17 @ 8pm:  Zoom Meeting Link

Monday, November 7th @ 8pm: Zoom Meeting Link

 

 

Ontario Winter Games/ON Para Sport Games Criteria

The 2023 Ontario Winter Games will take place in Renfrew County Feb 9-12 and the Ontario Para Sport Games will take place in Durham County Feb 3-5.  Selection criteria and other information can be found HERE.

 

 

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ON Ski Team & Ontario Junior Ski Team

Congratulations to all ON Team athletes!  Check out the Ontario Junior Ski Team and Ontario Ski Team!

PS. Sorry it took so long!

Q4G Ontario Athlete Assistance Program – Athlete Selections for Nomination

The Q4G Ontario Athlete Assistance Program athlete selection process is underway.  More information is HERE.

Please note the new Appeal Deadline is noon Monday, May 30, 2022

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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.

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Team Ontario/Leader Bibs are published

Ontario Ski Team, Ontario Junior Ski Team, Ontario Cup Leader Bibs and District Teams ranking lists are now published.  Full details are HERE.  Questions?  Please contact Victor Wiltmann.

Introducing XCSO Para-Nordic Lead – Jen Nieson

Cross Country Ski Ontario is very excited to welcome Jen Nieson as our Para-Nordic Lead.  Jen is an Occupational Therapist and brings a unique and exciting perspective to program development for our para-nordic athletes and participants.  Jen is an active member of Soo Finnish Nordic and most recently was the Volunteer Coordinator at Youth Championships.  This is the first step in implementing the action plan identified in the Program Review & Development Plan.  PN Committee Chair John Cowan, “We look forward to working with Jen with accomplishing the report’s recommendations.”   Jen begins working with XCSO on May 2 and can be reached at [email protected] (pending email setup).