Apply NOW for XCSO Mentorship Program!

“The biggest myth in coaching is that you can do it all by yourself.”

-Cody Royle Second Set of Eyes

Cross Country Ski Ontario is continuing its Coach Mentorship Program for the 2024-25 season!

The aim of this program is to facilitate partnerships, knowledge transfer and support coaches in reaching their potential.

Full program details and application HERE

May 2024 Community Update Safe Sport Debrief

Thank you to clubs that joined us for the Safe Sport debrief yesterday.

Many learnings were shared. Thank you for your time, transparency and commitment to Safe Sport.

Here are the:

  1. Notes
  2. Partial recording of the 12:00 pm meeting
  3. Full recording of the 8:00 pm meeting

 

XCSO welcomes Alex Roger to the Excellence Programs Manager Position

Cross Country Ski Ontario is excited to introduce Alex Roger as the newest member of our team! Join us in extending a warm welcome as Alex embarks on his journey with us, as XCSO’s Excellence Programs Manager (formerly Technical Director) bringing fresh energy and expertise to our collective endeavors. 

Alex joins XCSO with experience in the delivery of NCCP Coach Education at Ontario Cycling and with a high performance background as an Own the Podium Program athlete in rowing. Holding a master’s degree in Sport Management and Leadership from Western University, Alex will play a key role in cultivating innovative opportunities for coach development and mentorship at Cross Country Ski Ontario and managing the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative program.

Working under the direction of the Executive Director, Alex will specifically oversee the design and delivery of XCSO’s Excellence Programs, including Para Nordic programming. “I think that cross country skiing is a unique sport because it gives people of all ages and ability the opportunity to participate and live a healthy active lifestyle. Reflecting on my history in sport and competing at the Learn to Win stage, I find it incredibly rewarding to support high-performance programs while applying my knowledge in coach development activities”.

As a Certified NCCP Coach Developer with several National Sport Organizations, Alex understands the requirements of capacity growth and delivery of high-quality programs at the club, provincial and national levels of sport. “With respect to cross country skiing and its vibrant community, I am committed to providing athletes and coaches with the appropriate resources and tools to achieve excellence at the highest levels of competition”. 

Alex joins the team on June 3rd. Here’s to great collaborations ahead!

 

2024-2025 Ontario Para-Nordic Development and Foundations Program Application

We welcome your application to Team Ontario Para-Nordic!

We value your interest in making application to the:

Team Ontario Para-Nordic Foundations

  • Athletes looking to develop athletic practices in para-sport
  • Application intake: Ongoing from June 1st to December 31, 2024

Team Ontario Para-Nordic Development

  • Athletes committing to following a YTP and training at least 5 times/week. Online coach recommendation required
  • Application Deadline: July 4, 2024

Zone4 Online Application is found HERE

Please reach out to Bryan Dubeau, Technical Director at [email protected] should you require assistance completing this application process.

2024-2025 Ontario Para-Nordic Team Nominations

We are thrilled to nominate the following athletes to the 2024-2025 Ontario Para-Nordic Ski Team!

Nomination Synopsis

Our aim is to be as inclusive as possible with the interpretation of criteria and nomination decisions.  Athletes nominated to the Ontario Para-Nordic Ski Team are representative of Ontario’s highest performing paralympic athletes.  selection was made by taking the top athlete by PN CPL points in each gender and discipline.  Additional discretionary nominations were given to those athletes who were named to the Nordiq Canada Prospects Team.

 

Force Majeure

Appeals will be evaluated by the Nomination Committee. Force Majeure documentation must be submitted by email to admin@xcskiontario ca Sunday May 5, 2024 4:00 PM by 4pm EST.

Nomination Acceptance

Athletes must accept their nomination for the Ontario Ski Team (OST) by registering on Zone4 by May 10, 2024.

Zone 4 Ontario Para-Nordic Ski Team Nomination Acceptance and Team Registration 2024-2025 HERE

 

2024-2025 Team Ontario Development Program

Team Ontario Development Program is intended to introduce athletes to high performance concepts and engage athletes in supplemental learning opportunities in nutrition, mental performance and technique.

Eligibility

  • Athletes YOB 2010-2001
  • Intend to purchase a 2024/25 Nordiq Canada racing license and participate in the 2024-25 Ontario Cup race season
  • Be a member of a registered XCSO club
  • Complete the Coaching Association of Canada’s SafeSport: Athlete and Rule of Two modules

Athletes must submit their application via Zone4 HERE

Application will include:

  • Planned training hours and goals for the upcoming season
  • A copy of your Yearly Training Program (YTP)
  • Online recommendation from your club coach

Application Deadline: Saturday June 1, 2024 with official team selection in early September.

Team Ontario clothing upon successful completion of application process!!!!

2024-2025 Ontario Junior Ski Team (OJST) Nominations

We are thrilled to nominate the following athletes to the 2024-2025 Ontario Junior Ski Team (OJST)!

Nomination Synopsis

Our aim is to be as inclusive as possible with the interpretation of criteria and nomination decisions. The Ontario Junior Ski Team (OJST) is a development focused team. Athletes nominated to this team must meet performance requirements of achieving a minimum average CPL in Sprint, Distance, or an average of Sprint/Distance. Athletes must also have competed in a minimum of 7 Ontario Cup starts. Due to the cancellation of the North Bay Ontario Cup, only 5 Ontario Cup starts are required. Those athletes who attended the XCSO competition trip to Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Trials and Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championships were able to count those races in lieu of Ontario Cup starts.

Force Majeure

Appeals will be evaluated by the Nomination Committee. Force Majeure documentation must be submitted by email to admin@xcskiontario ca Sunday May 5, 2024 by 4pm EST.

Nomination Acceptance

Athletes must accept their nomination for the Ontario Junior Ski Team (OJST) by registering on Zone4 by May 10, 2024.

Zone 4 Ontario Junior Ski Team Nomination Acceptance and Team Registration 2024-2025

Additional Selection Requirements

Upon acceptance of your nomination/registration, athletes will be required to submit the following supporting documentation:

  • A copy of your YTP
  • Access to athletes training logs
  • Complete physical tests (Critical Speed & Peak Power Double Pole) by July 3rd, 2024
  • Continued completion of your training logs

More information and instructions for these requirements will be provided after the May 10, 2024 nomination acceptance deadline. Please contact Bryan Dubeau, [email protected] if clarification is needed.

2024-2025 Ontario Ski Team (OST) and Female Athlete Bridge Program Nominations

We are thrilled to nominate the following athletes to the Ontario Ski Team (OST) and the Female Athlete Bridge Program!

Nomination Synopsis

Our aim is to be as inclusive as possible with the interpretation of criteria and nomination decisions. The Ontario Ski Team (OST) is a high performance focused team supported by the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) program within Ontario. Athletes nominated to this team must meet performance requirements of achieving a minimum average CPL vs IPB threshold. Athletes must also have competed in the 2024 Ski National Championships or granted an exception. Additional discretionary nominations were given to those athletes meeting performance criteria who did not compete in the 2024 Ski National Championship but who competed at World Junior Championships.

Ontario Ski Team (OST)

Nomination Synopsis

In an effort to address the gender disparity in the current Ontario high performance landscape, in particular during the post-secondary transition, additional female athletes who fall within 3% of their XCSO CPL/IPB percentage benchmarks will be nominated to the Ontario Ski Team Female Athlete Bridge Program.

Athletes must complete all components of the Ontario Ski Team selection process. The program will offer targeted opportunities and support determined during the intake process and include team clothing.

Female Athlete Bridge Program

Force Majeure

Appeals will be evaluated by the Nomination Committee. Force Majeure documentation must be submitted by email to admin@xcskiontario ca Sunday May 5, 2024 4:00 PM by 4pm EST.

Nomination Acceptance

Athletes must accept their nomination for the Ontario Ski Team (OST) by registering on Zone4 by May 10, 2024.

Zone 4 Ontario Ski Team Nomination Acceptance and Team Registration 2024-2025

Additional Selection Requirements

Upon acceptance of your nomination/registration, athletes will be required to submit the following supporting documentation:

  • A copy of your YTP
  • A letter of Recommendation from their club coach
  • Access to athletes training logs
  • Completion of an Individual Athlete Performance Plan (IAPP) 
  • Completion of all CSIO health screenings and XCSO/CSIO Testing Camps
  • Completion of Canadian Association Coaches Safe Sport:Athlete and Rule of Two Modules

Official selection to the Ontario Ski Team will take place once there has been satisfactory completion of these and other requirements as indicated in the XCSO Excellence Programs Document.

More information and instructions for these requirements will be provided after the May 10, 2024 nomination acceptance deadline. Please contact Bryan Dubeau, [email protected] if clarification is needed.

XCSO is Hiring a Summer Communications Intern!

Are you 15 or older and a high school or post secondary student interested in a rewarding summer experience.

Apply now for the XCSO Summer Communications Intern position.

Read the job description here.