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
Ontario Cup 1 Race Notice
The Race Notice for Ontario Cup 1 is posted. Registration will be on Zone 4.
Race Notice for Ontario Cup 1
Crowd Funding Campaign - Chris Hamilton
Chris Hamilton, racing in his second season with the Alberta World Cup Academy has created a crowd-funding campaign to support his skiing this season.
Important Information for Potential 2014 WJ/U23 Team Athletes
Upon the completion of the World Junior/U23 Trial races, successful athletes will be required to stay in Canmore until departure to Europe. No exceptions will be made. Therefore, when packing for the trial races in Canmore, you must pack assuming you will depart to Europe closely following the final trials race.
Details on CCC Webpage.
Ontario Team Structure Going Forward
The CCO HPC has proposed a fairly significant change to landscape of the High Performance programming for 2014. With the phase out of the Ontario Junior Development Team, the Ontario Talent Squad is a new initiative with the goal of providing a larger group of developing athletes with an intermediary goal to the OST.
Explanation and summary of changes ahead of releasing the criteria document.
Canadian Interuniversity Sport Announces Cross-Country Ski Team for the 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy
Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Monday the Canadian rosters in five snow sports for the 2013 Winter Universiade, set for December 10 to 21 in Trentino, Italy.
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
NDC/CCO Team to Oslo, Norway - January 2014
In partnership with NDC Thunder Bay, CCO will be leading a team of Ontario athletes to Oslo, Norway between January 13 - 27. This will include training and competing in races in and around Oslo.
Team Hardwood Announces 2013-2014 Coaching Roster
The Board of Directors of Team Hardwood is pleased to announce the team's coaching roster for the upcoming season.
Team Hardwood Announcement
Club Registration Letter
The 2013-2014 Club Registration letter is updated for the current year. It is linked from the left menu of the Admin Section of the web page.
2013-2014 Club Registration Letter
Frozen Thunder On Snow Training Opportunity
Cross Country Ontario is offering a coach supported early on snow training opportunity for Ontario athletes. Frozen Thunder is a 3km loop of groomed skiing in Canmore, AB from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3.
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
Leif Lennie Hired as Assistant Coach at Big Thunder
Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club is happy to announce the hiring of Leif Lennie as assistant coach to its growing race program.
2013-2014 OAAP Carding Criteria
OAAP Carding Criteria for 2013 - 2014 are now posted.
Able-Bodied OST Ontario Athlete Assistance Program
Para-Nordic Ontario Athlete Assistance Program
2013-2014 O Cup Schedule - Midget Championships Change
The O Cup Schedule, consisting of three three day weekends, is linked below. In addition, some other dates of significance are included. The dates for the Ontario Midgets have been changed from previous posting.
2013-2014 O Cup/Midgets Calendar
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
Hardwood Midget Camp Report
Team Hardwood held a Midget camp this Summer with coach Ron Howden and four volunteers from Team Hardwood's Senior racing team. Heather Wilson prepared a report on the two day camp.
Team Hardwood Midget Camp Report
Coaching Opportunity - Part Time Assistant Coach Nakkertok
Nakkertok Ski Club is looking for a part-time assistant coach. The position will remain open until September 10, 2013 with a review of applications beginning August 15, 2013.
Win a free registration to Easterns 2014!
Hey skiers! The Canadian Easterns Championships Organizing Committee (CECOC) invites you to submit a sketch to serve as the visual identity for the event in the upcoming years. The CECOC wants to provide the event its own identity which differentiates it from the clubs and the host site. The prize for the selected design is free registration to the Easterns, Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2014. Deadline is Sept. 21, 2013 at 17:00.
Please contact Pierre Millette at for details.
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.
CCO Coaching Certification Bursary Guidelines
Cross Country Ontario and Quest for Gold are providing support for L2T, T2T, Comp Dev level workshops and evaluations conducted between April 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014. Details are provided in the linked document. Application deadline is April 30, 2014.
CCO Coaching Certification Bursary Guidelines
FISU Trentino Team 2013 Named
The team representing Canada at the World University Games in December 2013 at Val de Fiemme in Italy has been announced. The team has a very strong Ontario University composition.
FISU 2013 Team
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
Lappe Nordic to Host 2015 Haywood Ski Nationals
The Cross Country Canada events committee has announced that Lake Superior Nordic Ski Association, a partnership of the Lappe Nordic and Big Thunder Nordic Ski Clubs, will host the 2015 Haywood Ski Nationals at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre.
More Information on CCC
2013-2014 NDC Thunder Bay Roster
NDC Thunder Bay is pleased to announce it's roster for 2013-2014.
NDC Thunder Bay Team Roster
Timo Puiras hired as NDC-Thunder Bay Head Coach
NDC Thunder Bay is pleased to announce the hiring of Timo Puiras as Head Coach. Timo has a long history of High Performance racing. He also has worked in the role of Assistant Coach and wax technician.
Full Story on CCC
Marilyn Suke Receives 2013 Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Award
CCO is pleased to announce the recipient of 2013 Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Award as Marilyn Suke of Georgian Bay Nordic. Marilyn is well respected member of the Ontario coaching community. Marilyn was also honoured by the Coaching Association of Ontario with the Good-to-Great Coach Award (Female) at the 2013 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards in Toronto recently. Check out
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
2012-13 CCC Coach Excellence Award to Lisa Patterson
Lisa Patterson received the Female Leadership in Coaching Award from Cross Country Canada. The award recognized quality leadership in the role of Team Leader at the World U23/Junior Championships in 2013.
Draft Nominations 2013-2014 OST (Juvenile & Junior B)
Linked below is the nomination list for the 2013-2014 Ontario Ski Team with method of nomination based on team selection criteria. Junior A and U23 nominations will be follow when NDC nominations are announced.
Draft 2013-2014 OST Nomination List (Juvenile & Junior B)
Ontario’s Para-Nordic Skiers Number One at Nationals
Contributing 562 points to Ontario’s aggregate results at the Haywood Nationals held in Whistler, B.C. this past March, the Para-Nordic team helped secure Ontario's 3rd place overall.
Ontario 3rd at Nationals
With 3 medal-winning performances, and averaging 5 in the top 20 in each category on the last day of the Haywood Nationals, Ontario showed its strength and capped off a successful week of competition.
Valjas Sprints to Gold, Jones to Silver in Whistler
In his debut performance at Nationals, National Ski Team member Len Valjas took gold in the classic sprints, while Perianne Jones claimed her second silver of the week.
Jenn Jackson Sprints to Bronze on Day 4 of Nationals
Claiming her third medal of the Championships, Team Hardwood's Jenn Jackson battled back after a fall in her qualifier that placed her midfield, and just missed out on the silver in the 1.2km classic sprint.
Ontario’s Junior Girls & Boys Each Place 8 in Top 20 on Day 3 at Nationals
It was an impressive display of Ontario’'s talent as the junior girls and boys claimed 8 of the top 20 spots in Tuesday’s interval start classic events. Ontario added 3 more medals to its total.
Opening Weekend of Haywood Ski Nationals
Ontario has already accumulated 9 medals over the first two days of the Haywood Ski Nationals taking place in Whistler, the Nordic venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
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.
2013 OUA Series Points
The OUA Series Points to March 6, 2013 are posted.
2013 OUA Series Points to March 6
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.
Interim OST Points after O Cup 4
Interim OST points have been prepared including O Cup 4 for Juvenile and Junior B categories.
Interim OST Points after O Cup 4
2013 OJDT Provisional Points After All Races
Linked below are the provisional OJDT points after all races.
If there are any issues with the point, please email
Provisional OJDT Points after All Races
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.
Alana Thomas Triumphs at Western Canadians
Taking top spot in the 3-day multi-stage event at the Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships in Grande Prairie, Alberta this past weekend, Alana Thomas proved that she is in great form heading into Nationals.
Soldier On Program at Highlands Nordic
Members of the Soldier On program attended a two day training camp in Duntroon , Ontario to try cross country skiing and biathlon on February 13th and 14th.
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.
Ski to School Scholarship Winner 2012: Alannah MacLean
Congratulations to Alannah MacLean, member of the Walden Cross Country Fitness Club, and winner of the 2012 Ski to School Scholarship.
Full Story from CCC
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.
Cross Country Ontario’s Call For Applications - Pav Immersion Program [PIP]
As part of continuing effort to assist clubs in their ongoing development, Cross Country Ontario has begun a new initiative called the Pav Immersion Program [PIP].
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
Lost & Found at Thunder Bay NorAm/O Cup 1
There is a very long list of lost and found items from the NorAm, World Junior/U23 Trials, and O Cup 1 in Thunder Bay on the event website.
List of Lost and Found Items
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.