Southern Ontario District

SOD OWG Team Staff Application of Interest

The 2024 Ontario Winter Games (OWG) will take place in February 16-18, 2024 in Thunder Bay and SOD will be sending Coaching staff to support the selected athletes. Event participation is for U16, year 1 & 2 (YOB 2008 and 2009) and U14, year 2 (YOB 2010).

This form is simply a way to indicate your interest in being part of the SOD OWG Team Staff (not for athletes).

A link to the application can be found HERE

Southern Ontario District

SOD Ontario Winter Games Qualification

The Qualification Criteria for SOD Athletes wishing to attend the Ontario Winter Games has been published and is available here:  CRITERIA

More information on the Ontario Winter Games will be made available shortly, and can be found here:  Ontario Winter Games page

Southern Ontario District

SOD Annual General Meeting Minutes

The Annual Meeting for SOD was held on Saturday September 27th at Highlands Nordic.  For members that were unable to attend, the PowerPoint slides and Minutes from the Annual Meeting for SOD are available here:

SOD AGM Minutes 2023

AGM Slides 2023 Final

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SOD Super Camp August 25th + 26th

Please hold the date for the SOD Super Camp on Friday August 25th (evening) & Saturday August 26th in Orillia. All U14, U16 and U18 athletes in the Southern Ontario District are invited to join this training opportunity! Please email Suzy Shalla at [email protected] if you have any questions!

And coaches, please reach out to Scott at [email protected] if you would like to help out.

Southern Ontario District

SOD Coach Job Post

We are looking for a new SOD Coach!  Please have a look and help spread the word.  Interested people should contact SOD Chair Dwayne Barber at [email protected] .  The Job Posting closes October 1st.


SOD-Ontario Winter Games Selection Criteria 2022

The 2022 Ontario Winter Games (OWG) will take place March 3rd, 4th and 5th bringing together young cross-country ski athletes from across the province to compete at the Ma Te Way Centre in Renfrew County.  Event Participation is for U16, year 1 &2 (YOB 2006 and 2007) and U14, year 2 (YOB 2008) athletes who meet SOD Selection Criteria as outlined in this document.

SOD Selection Criteria 2022 OWG Ver1

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SOD Team Fall Camp-Huntsville, ON

Hey Team,
As I’m sure many of you are, I am now back at school and day-dreaming of long training sessions outside in the rain. (Well, maybe not the last part.) But I did want to take this opportunity to reflect on last weekend and our jam-packed training day in Huntsville. A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who helped make the day a success– including all of you, the athletes. Your positive attitude and hard effort meant that we were able to make the most of our time together and to grow as a team.
Looking ahead to the first snowfall, we had the opportunity to work on our skating fundamentals: balance, weight-shift, glide. We also talked a bit about double-pole starts and had a giant team relay to work on agility. Who knows when rubber chickens might be added as official batons in FIS-sanctioned events? Our agility and coordination were challenged once again in a game of mud-puddle soccer. Dryland camps are the perfect time to develop our skills through both skiing and non-skiing-related activities. 
In the afternoon we stuck it out for a tough session of uphill striding, where we learned about explosive “spenst” training. Hard bounding workouts are a sure sign of the race season approaching, and I hope you are able to incorporate some of the things we worked on into your training leading up to this winter. We will be skiing on snow again before long!
A special thanks goes to our teammates from Arrowhead Nordic as well as Holly and Jon, for helping us to secure an indoor space and for showing us around their home training grounds! I had a super fun time and I hope you did too. Keep an eye out for info regarding our winter training day in December. Scott and I loved hearing all your ideas: snowball fighting, snowman making, obstacle courses, relays– we will see what we can dream up.
See you on the trails!
Southern Ontario District

SOD Board of Directors: Call for Nominations

The Southern Ontario District (SOD) of Cross Country Ski Ontario (XCSO) is seeking nominations
to the Board of Directors. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in participating in
program delivery in southern Ontario.

Click HERE for more details.

Southern Ontario District

SOD Welcomes Finn Dodgson as the new SOD Team Coach!

We are thrilled to announce that Finn Dodgson will be the SOD Team coach for the 2021-22 season!

Finn replaces outgoing coach Madison Fraser who we would again like to thank for her dedication and commitment to our district skiers.

Finn is currently a student at the University of Waterloo studying physics. He has been a member of the UW ski team for 4 years and is a former member of the OST (Ontario Ski Team)  and Junior NST (National Ski Team).

When he’s not training or studying, he likes to go camping and to read.



Southern Ontario District

2021-22 SOD Team Nominations now posted!

We were pleased to accept the applications from the following athletes and we welcome them to the SOD team for 2021 / 2022.

Congratulations!  What an amazing group of skiers.  We don’t know what the future will bring – but there is hope that we can get together as a team very soon to train and have some fun.

Please complete the nomination documents found HERE,  including the contract, code of conduct, photo release form and jacket order form by JUNE 13th.   Please note, XXS is not available.