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2021 Community Updates #1 and #2

Join the XCSO staff as we look at the year ahead and what might be in store. Agenda to be updated as new info becomes available.


  • Team Ontario Programming
  • Job Postings – District Approach
  • Para-Programming (Update #2)
  • Camp and Racing Calendars
  • Wax Protocols (Update #2)


April 15 @8:00pm: Zoom Link

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April 29 @8:00pm: Zoom Link

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XCSO announces Financial Support for Youth, High Performance & Competition

On May 8, 2020, the Canadian Government announced $500 million providing temporary relief to support cultural, heritage and sport organizations.  Cross Country Ski Ontario recently received our allocation of the funding through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Culture Industries.  XCSO will be investing the funds in 3 key areas of our sport: Youth, Competition and High Performance.

Youth have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic. Our clubs offering skill development programming provide an essential role in developing youth in our community.  To assist clubs in the delivery of programming under new restrictions and challenges, XCSO will be subsidizing $10 of the $15.50 bunnyrabbit, jackrabbit, and track attack enrolment fee.  Clubs will see the subsidy when ordering their SDP materials in our online store.

Competition has been curtailed due to travel restrictions.  Along with supporting a return to competition in the 2021-2022 season, XCSO will be investing in ‘Stay at Home’ racing options for this season.  More details next week.

Athletes representing Canada on the international stage will have additional costs associated with travel.  XCSO will provide additional funding to assist athletes with those additional costs.  This funding will be provided through our International Travel Support Guidelines.

Please direct any question to Liz Inkila.

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Skill Development Program Update!

A change and update for our Skill Development Program:

  1. Welcome Karen Cheek.  Karen will be your main contact for Skill Development Program materials.  Materials will continue to be operated out of Highlands Nordic. Please update your contact information to [email protected].
  2. We have added a SDP Coordinator’s Discussion Board  to our Project COY – Connecting Ontario Youth.  We are hopeful that this can provide an online forum for club SDP Coordinators to learn from each other and share ideas.
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XCSO Skill Development Programs Materials – Request for Proposals Extended

XCSO invites an interested club to bid on the management of our Skill Development Program Materials inquiries, ordering and handling.  The contract will be awarded to a responsive club/individual well integrated in the Ontario cross country ski community sharing a common vision of engaging youth in sport and promoting cross country skiing as a life long activity.  Please see our Request for Proposal for more information. DEADLINE extended to September 1, 2020


XCSO accepting bids for 2020/2021 Youth Championships

XCSO is now accepting bids for the 2020/2021 Youth Championships.  Please review the Ontario Youth Championships technical package. Please note ON clubs which operate a CCC Jackrabbit program are eligible to submit a bid.  Deadline for submission is Monday, March 4th at 5pm.  Please contact Liz Inkila or Alan White for more information.

CCC Jackrabbit Toque Contest!

Sharpen your pencil crayons and get creative Ontario jackrabbits!  CCC toque design contest is back for another great year.  More info here.

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2019 ON Team Programming & Athlete Development Opportunities

The High Performance Committee of XCSO is excited to launch a new direction for competitive xc skiing in Ontario.

From XCSO HPC Chair Jack Sasseville: “This new program will increase grassroots development while at the same time be more inclusive to post secondary high school skiers. We are thrilled to continue to enhance our high performance teams in conjunction with the NTDC in Thunder Bay.”

More information here.

CCC’s Ski to School Program

Applications are now being accepted for CCC’s Ski to School program. More information here.

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Ontario Team Structure Changes

Please read this notice regarding changes to the Ontario Team structure for 2018-2019.  Please direct any questions to Jack Sasseville High Performance Chair at [email protected] or Victor Wiltmann XCSO Technical Director at [email protected].

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New! Regional Development Squad Application

XCSO is now accepting applications for the Regional Development Squad (YOB 2004).  Please use & submit the fillable PDF here following the instructions by March 31st, 2018.  Program information is on page 6 & 16 of the ON Team Selection document.