Coaching Opportunity - Female Apprentice Coach
CCO is seeking a female apprentice coach/chaperone for the OST dryland camp in Thunder Bay and the OST European on snow training camp. Due to the nature of the team trip and the need to have both genders in a supervisory role, only female applicants will be considered for this position.
Mid-Summer Dryland Camp Chaperone/Apprentice Coach Position Description
Dachstein Chaperone/Apprentice Coach Position Description
Coaching Development Opportunities in NCD
The first two of a series of coaching development opportunities in NCD will take place June 1, 2015 and June 13, 2015. For more information contact
Big Thunder High Performance Camp
The Big Thunder Dryland Camp takes place July 8-12 for ages 13+ and July 10-12 for ages 8-12. Please contact Leif Lennie at Camp Schedule
Slack - Communication Platform for CCO Coaches
CCO has launched a new communication platform for all coaches in Ontario called Slack. With this tool coaches can exchange information, upload videos and files, talk technique and see what's new in the world of coaching. Slack integrates twitter, dropbox, google drive and more and also syncs between desktop, smart phones and tablets. Twenty-one Ontario coaches signed up in the first few hours. Together we are stronger! To sign up contact Katja:
CCO Contract Coach Anouncement
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew Casey as Ontario Ski Team Contract Coach, and Mike Vieira as Ontario Talent Squad Contract Coach. These positions fit into Cross Country Ontario and NDC Thunder Bay partnering to offer vertical integration in the development of Ontario athletes.
Employment Opportunities at Arrowhead Nordic
Arrowhead Nordic is looking for Skill Development Program Coordinator and Track Attack Coordinator.
SOD Coaching Conference July 17 - 18 2015
Southern Ontario District is presenting a Coaching Conference, hosted by Team Hardwood, with presentations by Justin Wadsworth, Timo Puiras and Jack Sasseville at Georgian College on July 17 - 18, 2015.
Camp Notice Information Letter
Women's Arctic Challenge guided by Katja Mathys
Katja Mathys, CCO Coaching Development Co-ordinator guided (for Black Feather) a group of 14 British ladies across Auyuittuq Pass on Baffin Island this Spring. The linked video follows the event.
LeasePlan Woman's Arctic Challenge: The Whole Story
Call For Bids To Host 2015/16 Ontario Cups & Ontario Midgets
The bid packages to host 2015/16 Ontario Cups and Ontario Midget Championships are available.
2015-2016 Ontario Cup Bid Package
2015-2016 Ontario Midget Championships Bid Package
2015-2016 Ontario Cup Technical Package
2015-2016 Ontairo Midget Championships Technical Package
SOD Summer Camp #2 at Highlands Nordic - June 25 - 28
This camp is designed for Juvenile and Jr. athletes age 14+ (14 as of December 31, 2015). This is going to be a volume camp with several skill development opportunities. Registration deadline June 19 at midnight, limited to first 45 athletes.
2015 Talent Squad Nomination
The Ontario Talent Squad Nominations are posted.
2015 Ontario Talent Squad Nominations
Call for Applications for Heinz Neiderhauser Scholarship
An Ontario Division club coach who wishes to further their advancement in Canada's National Coaching Certification Program is eligable to apply for the Heinz Neiderhauser Scholarship. The applicant must email the CCO administrator at by no later than May 15, 2015.
Big Thunder Summer Training Camp Date Change
The Big Thunder Summer Training Camp Date has been changed to July 8 - 12, 2015.
Team Hardwood Summer Program and Camp Registration Announced
Team Hardwood is pleased to invite skiers from across the province and beyond to join its summer program or take part in one or more of its training camps.
2015 OST Nominations
The Ontario Ski Team Nominations for Junior Boys/Girls and Juvenile Boys/Girls are posted.
Junior Men and Junior Women (YOB 1996), CPL / IPB Ranking List for Ontario Ski Team Nomination
Junior Men and Junior Women (YOB 1996), CPL / IPB Ranking List for Ontario Ski Team Nomination
Everyone is invited to the Larry Sinclair Memorial at Highlands Nordic, June 13, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
RSVP by June 8, 2015 to:
Invitation & Details
Ontario University Nordic Camp 2015
The Ontario University Nordic Camp 2015 camp will be held at Highlands Nordic, June 5 - 7. 2015. The camp is open to all Ontario College and University aged athletes, and those entering College or University this fall.
Schedule Information & Registration
Coach Development Weekend Super Clinic (June 12-14, 2015)
The second annual NCCP coach development camp will take place at Olympia Sports Camp, Muskoka ON., June 12-14, 2015.
CCO & NDC Thunder Bay Extend Partnership
Cross Country Ontario and NDC Thunder Bay are pleased to announce the continuation of our partnership to provide comprehensive Ontario Ski Team programming to Ontario's best junior skiers. For the upcoming 2015/2016 season, we will partner with NDC Thunder Bay to offer Ontario Ski Team members appropriate developmental training opportunities, both dryland and on snow.
Please see accompanying notice outlining the program.
To provide further support to the partnership, Cross Country Ontario is seeking applications for a contract coach(es).
Please see accompanying job notice.
Questions regarding this program should be directed to Liz Inkila, CCO Administrator at or Victor Wiltmann, NDC Thunder Bay Assistant Coach at
Ontario and Nakkertok are Overall Haywood National Champions
Ontario came out on top in the Divisional rankings at the Haywood Ski Nationals, 14 - 21 March 2015 at Lappe Nordic. This is the first time Ontario has topped the standings since 2006. Nakkertok took it's sixth straight Club Championship, with Team Hardwood third.
Ontario Talent Squad, & Ski Team Points after Nationals
Ontario Points after Nationals:
Ontario Ski Team Points After Nationals
Ontario Talent Squad Points After Nationals
A reminder to all athletes to please review the criteria document to familiarize yourself with the various deadlines regarding OTS Midget applications, force majeure and OTS/OST appeals. Questions should be directed to Liz Inkila at .
Midget Championships Club Banner Aggregate Results
The Midget Club Banner for 2015 was won by Highlands Trailblazers at the Midget Championships hosted by Temiskaming Nordic on March 7 - 8.
Ontario Talent Squad, Ski Team, & Bib Points after O Cup 4
Ontario Points after O Cup 4
Ontario Talent Squad Points after O Cup 4
Ontario Bib Points after all Ten Races (revised 15-03-05)
NDC Thunder Bay's TeamUp 'The Rhythm of Winter' Campaign
NDC Thunder Bay is very grateful that Robbie Craig has Teamed Up NDC to raise funds by creating a Nordic-inspired original piece of art for this campaign.
Details on TeamUp Website
Light the trails for Larry
As you all know our good friend Larry recently lost his battle with cancer. One of Larry's recent plans was to improve the training opportunities for athletes at Highlands by lighting enough of the trail network to allow evening training on varied terrain. As a way to honour Larry's lifetime in skiing, his many friends have established a fund for a system of solar powered lighting.
Eastern Canadian Championships Links
There is a lost and found section on the Eastern Canadian Championships website.
Eastern Canadians Lost and Found
There are great photos of the event posted.
Eastern Canadian Championships Photos
Summary reports are available for each day.
It is with great sadness that Cross Country Ontario announces the passing of Larry Sinclair. As a young man, Larry competed both at the provincial and national level. The Sinclair family was synonymous with cross country skiing in Collingwood.
2014-2015 Ontario Points & Bib Points after First Five Races
The Ontario Points and Bib Points Tabulation from the first five Ontario Cup Races is posted.
2014-2015 Ontario Points After First Five Races
2014-2015 Bib Points after First Five Races
2015 Canada Winter Games - Ontario Team Announcement
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce the Team ON for the 2011 Canada Winter Games to be held in Prince George, BC, February 21 - March 1, 2015. The CWG Team Ontario Selection Committee reviewed the team selection calculations as provided in the accompanying document.
2015 Canada Winter Games Ontario Team Announcement
2015 CWG Selection Points
2015 Canada Winter Games Para-Nordic Criteria
Para-Nordic criteria for the 2015 Canada Winter Games are now posted.
2015 Canada Winter Games Para-Nordic Team Criteria
CCC Canadian Excellence Fund
CCC has created a new fundraising campaign that will directly benefit aspiring World Cup skiers. All donations to the Canadian Excellence Fund will go directly toward lowering trip fees for athletes meeting the selection criteria for CCC convergence trips in 2015.
MAKEACHAMP Campaign - Jack Carlyle
Athlete Jack Carlyle has a MAKEACHAMP account to help cover his costs for training and competition. You can donate to Jack's account at:
2015 Canada Winter Games Able Bodied Criteria - REVISED
Due to weather conditions in British Columbia, Ontario Team Canada Winter Games Criteria events venues and formats have been changed. This has required changes in the able bodied criteria reflected in the criteria document linked below.
2015 Canada Winter Games Ontario Able Bodied Criteria - Revised
2014-2015 Q4G Ontario Card Nominations
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce the final list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2014-2015 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program.
No Snow at Whistler Olympic Park Forces NorAm Move to Sovereign Lake in Vernon and an Adjustment to the Competition Schedule
The NorAm and World Jr/U23 Trials will now be held on the Sovereign Lake trails on Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20.
Details on CCC website.
2014 - 2015 Selection Criteria and Athlete Support Programs
The Cross Country Ontario Able Bodied Team Selection Criteria and Athlete Support Programs for 2014-2015 are posted.
2014-2015 Able Bodied Selection Criteria and Athlete Support Programs
MAKEACHAMP Campaign - Bob Thompson
NDC Athlete Bob Thompson has a MAKEACHAMP account to help cover his costs for training and skiing in North America and Europe. You can donate to Bob's account at:
Nipissing Nordic Hosts Fall Training Camp
Nipissing Nordic in partnership with North Bay Nordic hosted a Cross Country Ontario training camp November 7 - 9, inviting in juniors from Northern Ontario to train alongside our varsity athletes.
Officials Course Listing
Officials courses are posted to the https://cccofficials.moonami.com/ website. Registration can be done from this website as well.
Ontario Glide "Low Fluoro or No Fluoro" Waxing Protocol
For Midget Categories and Younger
Cross Country Ontario is adopting a policy of limiting fluorocarbon glide waxes in Midget age competitions and younger, including the Ontario Midget Championships.
Ontario Glide Waxing Protocol for Midget Categories & Younger
Revised 2015 Canada Winter Games Able Bodied Criteria
In response to feedback from the Ontario ski community, the 2015 Canada Winter Games selection criteria was reviewed by the CCO High Performance Committee and the CCO Board of Directors. As a result, the criteria has been revised to better allow racers the opportunity to fulfill the required number of sprint and distance races while attending designated selection events in Ontario. The Ontario High Performance Committee and Board of Directors recognizes that the current Canada Winter Games selection criteria is difficult, as it attempts to balance the many different athlete development streams in play, both provincially and nationally. Please note that the Canada Winter Games criteria selection subcommittee looked at a number of different options for selecting Team Ontario for the 2015 CWG and consulted with CCC, NDC Thunder Bay coaches, our Quebec counterparts, as well reviewing BC and AB selection criteria.
2015 Canada Winter Games Ontario Able Bodied Criteria
2015 Canada Winter Games Technical Package
Para-Nordic Program at Laurentian Nordic Ski Club
The Laurentian Nordic Ski Club is excited to begin the fall training season and welcomes new participants to it's Para-Nordic program.
The Future of the Paralympic Movement
More than 260 people from around the Paralympic Movement met in Berlin, Germany, 3-5 October 2014 for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Membership Gathering.
T2T Workshops Uploaded to Locker
All T2T workshops and evaluations have been uploaded into the Locker. All coaches are encouraged to check and update their profile and certifications. Any missing data, please report to Katja Mathys at
2014-2015 Q4G Ontario OAAP Carding Criteria
The 2014-2015 Q4G Ontario Athlete Assistance Program Able Bodied and Para-Nordic criteria are now posted.
Q4G OAAP Able Bodied Carding Criteria
International Performance Benchmark
Q4G OAAP Para-Nordic Carding Criteria
2014 - 2015 O Cup Schedule
The 2014 - 2015 Ontario Cup Schedule, as well as important race dates for Ontario Midget Championships, OUA Championships and OFSAA are now posted.
2014 - 2015 Ontario Cup Schedule
CCO has joined True Sport
True Sport is a series of programs and initiatives designed to give people, communities and organizations the means by which to leverage the many benefits of sport from a platform of shared values and principles.
More about True Sport
SOD Camp Report
Athletes from Hardwood, Soo Finnish, Walden, Mono Nordic and Porcupine Ski Runners headed to Tobermory for a SOD Camp.
Team Hardwood Looking for Radical Rabbits Coach
Team Hardwood is looking for a coach for it's Radical Rabbits program, an extension of it's Jackrabbit program for ages 10 - 12.
Dave Nighbor Joins Lakers Nordic Coaching Staff
The Nipissing Lakers Nordic Ski Team is pleased to announce the addition of David Nighbor as an assistant coach for the 2014-15 season.
2015 Canada Winter Games Coaching Staff
CCO is pleased to announce the coaching staff for both Para-Nordic and Able Bodied teams at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. The team is comprised of Rick Dickey, Katja Mathys, Victor Wiltmann, Patti Kitler, and Eric Jackson.
TeamUp! New for the National Development Centre – Thunder Bay!
Donate and get in on the Unique Rewards and Prizes!
Welcome to the home of TeamUp!
We have an exciting new fundraising initiative starting here at the National Team Development Centre in Thunder Bay. We would like to get the incredible community excited about our athletes, our team, and our goals. We want to reach YOU, and all who support and believe in our athletes, to help them reach athletic excellence and make the leaps and bounds we know they are capable of. I invite you to view our Make A Champ page, located under the "Donor" tab, check out the great prizes and rewards available on the Home page. While the athletes are hard at work becoming the best athletes they can be, we ask for your support in helping them get there.
Larry Sinclair inducted into Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame
Larry Sinclair, CCO High Performance Chair has been inducted into the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame. Larry has a long history with skiing in Ontario, being a former Head Coach, developer of Highlands Nordic and founder of Highlands Trailblazers.
Full Story on CCC website.
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Concussion Guidelines
A reminder to all coaches and parents, we all have a role to play in ensuring the safety of those participating in physical activity and for encouraging and motivating participants to assume responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. Awareness of the signs and symptoms of concussion and knowledge of how to properly manage a concussion is critical to recovery and helping to ensure the individual is not returning to physical activities too soon, risking further complications.
Erin Mallinger Awarded Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Scholarship
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce that Erin Mallinger has been awarded the Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Scholarship.
CCO continues to accept donations to the Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Scholarship. Donations are provided a tax receipt through CCC's Charitable Donation program. The donation form is available at
Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Scholarship Donation.
2015 Winter Universiade Selection Criteria and Change of Location
The FISU Steering Committee has announcd that the Nordic skiing and Biathlon events of the 2015 Winter Universiade will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie (SVK).
Letter from FISU
Maintenance of Coaching Certification Policy
The requirement for all certified coaches to maintain their "certified" status through the accumulation of Professional Development (PD) points and self reporting of active coaching status has officially started for all sports on January 1, 2014.
Details on CCC website
Coaching Certification Database (Locker)
If you have taken a Coaching Workshop, you will be assigned a coaching number through CAC. This number will be e-mailed to you. Please DO NOT create a new account on http://www.coach.ca/ just because you don't know your number or password. Please contact Katja Mathys . The coaching development co-ordinator has access to this information and will forward it to you. Numerous accounts for one coach makes it impossible to track certification. Please make sure your profile is up-to-date in the Locker.
CAAWS Incentive Grants
CAAWS incentive grants are available to Ontario-based organizations interested in addressing the psycho-social factors that impact women and girls' participation in sport and physical activity through participation, leadership or capacity building projects.
2013-2014 Quest for Gold List of Ontario Card Nominations
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce a draft list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2013-2014 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). The athletes nominated were selected using the sport specific selection criteria developed by Cross Country Ontario and approved by its Board of Directors and applied by (the) Selection Committee.
Announcement of Nominated Athletes
2013-2014 OAAP Carding Calculations - Women
2013-2014 OAAP Carding Calculations - Men
Ski to School Scholarship Winner 2013 - Peter Beisel
CCC has announced that Peter Beisel, full time student at Carleton University, skiing for both Carleton University and XC Ottawa, has been awarded the Ski to School Scholarship for 2013.
Full Story on CCC website
Cross Country Canada - Commercial General Liability Quick Sheet
A one pager summarizing the Cross Country Canada Commercial General Liability for 2013-2014 is linked below. An updated full manual is linked from the left menu in the Admin section.
Insurance Quick Sheet
Canadian Anti-Doping Program Adoption 2013/2014
CCES has created the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) Adoption and plan for 2013/2014. Part of this plan includes updating new terminology about the program. Also, Cross Country Canada encourages all to become a members of True Sport. True Sport is dedicated to the notion that good sport can make a great difference. You are encouraged to join at http://www.truesportpur.ca/en/join
Coaching Development Update
CCC has updated CCI-L2T coaches' statuses in the Locker (CAC database) and these can now be viewed by coaches on their transcript https://thelocker.coach.ca/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2faccess%2faccount%2ftranscript. All coaches are encouraged to check their transcript on www.coach.ca to make sure it reflects all your workshops up to T2T (T2T not yet imported to the locker). Please also update your profile information. If any data are missing, please contact Katja Mathys at
Pilot AWAD LTT & TTT Pilot Article
With the launch of a Para-Nordic ski program in 2007, coach Patti Kitler and the good folks at the Walden Cross-Country Fitness Club in Naughton set the wheels in motion for some pretty impressive accomplishments.
CCC has a number of videos in it's Media section. Among them is an early season testing video featuring Perianne Jones, and other National Team athletes.
CCC Media Page
CCO - NDC Thunder Bay High Performance Management Plan 2013 - 2015
The CCO - NDC High Performance Management Plan 2013 - 2015 has been released.
CCO - NDC Thunder Bay High Performance Management Plan
CCO Athlete Code of Conduct
Cross Country Ontario has completed a review of its Athlete Code of Conduct. We strive to have an equitable and fair code of conduct for all Ontario athletes. In an effort to educate and create the best possible environment for athletes and coaches in which to strive for excellence, we respectfully request that ALL Ontario athletes attending the 2013 Ski Nationals, March 23-31, sign an online Athlete Code of Conduct. Please 'sign' by Monday, March 18, 2013. For those athletes under the age of 18, we are requesting that parents/guardians also read and provide an online signature.
Revised CCO Athlete Code of Conduct Athlete Code of Conduct On Line
Please continue the registration process to completion including checkout and the 'receipt' page. The confirmation list is private and will not be available to the public. There is no fee to sign. Please note, for those athletes on the OJDT - ON Team jackets, and/or Nationals registration rebates may be withheld for non-compliance.
Final List of 2012-2013 Ontario Card Nominations Announced
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce the final list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2012-2013 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP).
2012-2013 Athletes Nominated for Ontario Cards
Final Ontario Cup: A Tight Race for Ontario Team Selection
The final Ontario Cup of the 2012/13 season took place at Hardwood Hills this past weekend as racers tried to gain extra points before their last stop on the competitive calendar at Nationals in Whistler.
Fun & Friendship at the Ontario Midget Championships
The small Hepworth community pulled together to host what Georgian Nordic coach Ghislain Henry called “a very upbeat and positive” Ontario Midget Championships for 125 peewee and midget skiers on the Sawmill Trails this past weekend, February 23rd and 24th.
Jones' Bronze is a Confidence Booster Heading into World Championships
In the classic sprint competition in Sochi, Russia this past weekend, Perianne Jones of Nakkertok and Daria Gaiazova of Rocky Mountain Racers displayed the kind of grit and determination that is necessary to succeed on the world stage of cross country skiing.
World Junior Championships: An Athlete’s & Coach's Perspectives
Scott Hill of Team Hardwood shares his experience racing at his first World Junior Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, while Coach Kieran Jones takes a closer look at the importance of success at this event.
Ontario Tops Québec at Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadians
For the first time in many years, a new aggregate champion was crowned at the Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadians this past weekend on Nakkertok’s trails in Cantley, Québec, as Ontario narrowly beat out Québec by 27 points. Ontario skiers collected 19 medals over the 3-day event.
Ontario Skiers Claim 7 Medals at NorAm in Duntroon
It was quite the weekend for Ontario. Brittany Webster and Alannah MacLean both took home gold medals in the distance events on Sunday, while Jennifer Jackson took top honours in Saturday’s junior women’s sprint race.
Nakkertok and Team Hardwood Stand Out at O-Cup 2 in Sudbury
Winter was back this weekend with a fury, and so were Ontario's junior and juvenile skiers, meeting for the first time since Thunder Bay. Dominating the junior boys and junior girls' races were Colin Foley of Nakkertok and Jennifer Jackson of Team Hardwood.
Canadian Para-Nordic Athletes Rack Up Five Medals at IPC World Cup in Wisconsin
Canada’s Para-Nordic squad teamed up to win five medals, one gold, three silver and one bronze, in middle distance cross-country ski races at the IPC World Cup in Cable, Wisconsin on Sunday.
Story Ontario Team Picture
World Under 23 and Jr. World Championship Team
Cross Country Ontario congratulates Ontario athletes, Scott Hill and Andy Shields, and the other Canadian Team athletes who qualified for the World Junior/U23 Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic.
Announcement of World Junior/U23 Team
One Gold and Two Bronze in Thunder Bay
On the last day of competition at the Haywood NorAms in Thunder Bay, Michael Somppi of Lappe and Christopher Hamilton of Big Thunder took gold and bronze in the 15km skate race. Kate Brennan of Kanata took the bronze in the senior women's 10km race.
Valjas Does It Again & This Time It’s Silver
Len Valjas of Team Hardwood exhibited his cool style once again in the 2nd last stage of the Tour de Ski, sticking to his plan of staying in the pack, then moving forward in the 3rd and last lap of the mass start 15km classic race, setting himself up for the final sprint to the finish.
Top Performances by Andy Shields & Alana Thomas at Haywood NorAms in Thunder Bay
By being the first U23 skier to cross the line in the senior men's 30km skiathlon, Andy Shields of Waterloo Region secured himself a spot in the World Junior Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. Alana Thomas of Nakkertok had her best race of the season, capturing silver in the senior women's 15km skiathlon.
Len Valjas Takes Bronze in Tour de Ski
In the Tour de Ski's only sprint competition, Len Valjas of Team Hardwood came into the finals as a lucky loser and captured 3rd spot behind Norway's Krogh and Italy's Pellegrino.