Celebrate Para Nordic at the Toronto Argonauts game June 18th!

Join XCSO at the Toronto Argonauts game on Sunday June 18th 2023 to recognize the accomplishments of the Ontario Para Nordic athletes throughout the 2022-23 season. The game is the Toronto Argos home opener vs the Hamilton Tiger Cats at 7pm on Sunday June 18th 2023. Tickets are $36/person. Section 105 Please email Jennifer Nieson […]

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.

Team ON Programming Opportunities Para-Nordic

Please see Team ON Programming Opportunities PN HERE.   New this year is our Para-Nordic VI Guide Program. Please apply for the VI Guide Program is HERE

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).

Provincial Coaching Experiences Opportunity – Para-Nordic & Team ON

Looking to expand your experience as a coach and make a difference in the athlete experience at a training camp?  XCSO is seeking coaches for two Provincial Coaching Experiences (PCE) – Para-Nordic dryland camp and Team ON on snow camp in Morin Heights, QC.   Deadline to apply is October 9th.  More details.

Kivi Park in Sudbury – Para-Nordic Training Centre

An in-depth look at Paralympian Collin Cameron, and the community who rallied behind the vision to build Ontario’s first Para Nordic Training Centre – Kivi Park in Sudbury.  Watch here.

Para-Nordic Program Development – Request for Proposal

Cross Country Ski Ontario is seeking to procure a consultant to develop a sustainable para-nordic program. More information here.

5 medals for Team ON

Ontario had a banner day on Day 2 of competition at the 2019 Canada Winter Games with 2 gold medals and a silver medal in the free technique sprint event.  NTDC Thunder Bay athletes Graham Ritchie (Big Thunder) and Pierre Grall Johnson (Nakketok) took the led at the halfway point of the A Final and didn’t look back after posting the top 2 qualifying times. “The best feeling was sharing this with fellow NTDC Thunder Bay teammate Pierre, our skis were awesome – a huge shout out to the wax techs”.   This is Graham’s second medal of the games after winning a bronze medal in the 10K free technique individual start race yesterday.  The bronze medal also has an Ontario connection with LU Thunderwolves Conor McGovern also on the podium.

NTDC Thunder Bay athlete and LU Thunderwolves Shaylynn Loewen (Georgian Nordic) posted the 4th fastest time in the qualifier and moved through the heats with ease.  Shaylynn had a come from behind push in the final 100 metres to take the gold medal. This is Shay’s first gold medal at a National event.   “Everything lined up today – wax techs did an amazing job and the course suited me well”.

NTDC Coach Camille Cheskey is the Head Coach of the CWG Team Ontario and was thrilled with the results.  Everyone had a great day today with all our athletes qualifying for the heats.  The wax techs outdid themselves and put all the athletes in a great position.

Ontario Paranordic rounded out the medal haul with Kyle Barber of Lively, ON taking a silver medal in the PN standing category 2.5Km free technique and 3-time CWG athlete Tanya Quesnel of Sudbury, ON winning a silver medal in the PN Sitting category 2.5km event.  Patti Kitler, PN coach was pleased with the entire team’s results.