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Nipissing NBN

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.
Camp Report


2014-2015 Q4G Draft 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 2014-2015 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program.
Announcement and Appeals Template
Ranking     [2014-11-10]


Officials Course Listing
Officials courses are posted to the website. Registration can be done from this website as well.  [2014-10-20]


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


L2T Workshops in Thunder Bay & Duntroon
If you've taken the ICC (Introduction to Community Coach) and CC (Community Coach) workshops and are looking for the next step, take a Learn to Train workshop. Sign up for the L2T Dryland workshop November 7 - 9, 2014 in Duntroon or Thunder Bay. Registration is open on  [2014-10-16]


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  [2014-10-15]

Laurentian Nordic

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.
Full Story  [2014-10-15]

Paralympic Games

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.
Video  [2014-10-15]


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  [2014-10-01]


CCO Para-Nordic Dryland Training Camp October 17 - 19
CCO Para-Nordic Program is offering a Dryland training camp at at the Naughton Community Centre on HWY #55 in Naughton ON. The camp will start Friday Oct.17th at 2:00pm and run through to Sunday October 19th. Check out the schedule and if you have any questions please contact .
Camp Schedule
Camp Registration
Informed consent and Assumption of Risk Agreement (Sept. 2012)


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


Walden CCFC Announcement
Walden CCFC is pleased to announce that Brendan Waddell will be the new head coach. Konrad Wiltmann is the new program coordinator.


Big Thunder/Lakehead University Coaching Announcement
Big Thunder Nordic and Lakehead University are pleased to announce that Leif Lennie has taken on the role of Head Coach for both the Big Thunder Nordic Ski Team and Lakehead University.
Amanda Holdsworth is taking on the role of Program Coordinator.


Cross Country Ontario PCE Opportunity - Silverstar
Cross Country Ontario requires coaches to assist in leading the Ontario Ski Team's on-snow training camp at Silver Star. This is a collaborative camp with NDC Thunder Bay. Silverstar is from November 27 to December 8 2014. Application Deadline; September 21, 2014.
More Information  [2014-08-19]

True Sport

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  [2014-08-26]


Female Athlete & Coach Surveys on behalf of CCC's Women's Committee
Cross-Country Canada's Women's Committee is conducting surveys seeking to better understand the needs and wants of female athletes and coaches. Deadline Sept. 26, 2014
More Informatiion  [2014-08-22]


SOD Camp Report
Athletes from Hardwood, Soo Finnish, Walden, Mono Nordic and Porcupine Ski Runners headed to Tobermory for a SOD Camp.
Camp Report

Team Hardwood

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.
Job Notice  [2014-08-13]

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.
Full Announcement  [2014-08-06]


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.
Full Notice  [2014-07-17]

Big Thunder's Head Coach, Adam Kates Stepping Down
Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club is sad to announce that Adam Kates is stepping down from his position as the club's Head Coach after 6 years in this role.
Press Release  [2015-07-15]


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.  [2014-06-27]

Larry Sinclair

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.  [2014-06-18]

Dave Battison

Dave Battison
Dave Battison, coach of Strathcona Nordic Ski Club, passed away June 15, 2014 at the age of 47. Dave formerly was coach of Laurentian Nordic from 1991 - 2000, and coached Devon Kershaw and Sophie Manarin during this time. Moving West, he has coached Rocky Mountain Racers and Strathcona Nordic for many years. He also has coached at the World University Games in China, 2009, and Italy, 2013. CCO extends condolences to Dave's wife Laura, his family, and many friends in the skiing world.   Memorial Details    [2014-06-16]


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.
Concussion Guide  [2014-05-30]


Weldon brings a wonderful message to Sudbury
Perhaps the only thing that surpasses Robbi Weldon's passion and commitment to sport, is the quick-witted, eternally optimistic "joie-de-vivre" that the ultra-talented Thunder Bay paralympian presents in the face of every challenge.
Full Story  [2014-05-10]


Provincial Coach Announcement
Cross Country Ontario extends our heartfelt thanks to Pavlina Sudrich, Provincial Coach for her dedication and commitment to the Ontario ski community. She is an inspiring coach whose strengths will be missed in our community. Our good wishes are with Pavlina, as she returns 'home' to Whitehorse to spend more time with her family.
As a province, our high performance system has evolved and the landscape has changed since the inception of a full time Provincial Coach position. It is our intent to take this opportunity to review and evaluate the roles and responsibilities of the Provincial Coach to ensure our high performance system continues to improve. Please be assured that OST and OTS programming will continue in the interim and we are currently working on communicating our short term OST/OTS planning with athletes.  [2014-05-07]


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.
Full Story
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.  [2012-01-28]


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
Selection Criteria  [2014-04-09]


Ontario Ski Team and Ontario Talent Squad Ranking List
Posted here is the final OPL for 2013-2014. This identifies Ontario Ski Team Ranking (Junior Boys and Junior Girls)and Ontario Talent Squad Ranking (Juvenile Boys and Juvenile Girls).
Final Ontario Points List for 2013-2014.  [2013-03-30]

Team Hardwood

Second generation skiers bring former NST members together at Team Hardwood
Team Hardwood's Isabella Howden of Barrie, ON and Joey Foster of Midland, ON have a lot in common. They're both offspring of former National Ski Team members who skied for Canada at the same time more than 25 years ago.
Full Story   Picture    [2014-03-25]


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  [2014-02-25]


OUA Ontario Cup / OUA Invitational Points Totals To Date (Feb 18)
Points are prepared by Doug Winter for OUA Ontario Cup/OUA Invitational up to Feb 18.
OUA Ontario Cup / OUA Invitational Points Totals To Date (Feb 18)


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 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.  [2014-01-29]

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.
Details  [2014-01-18]


2013-2014 Para-Nordic Team Selection Criteria & Athlete Support
The 2013-2014 Ontario Para-Nordic Team Selection Criteria & Athlete Support are posted.
2013-2014 Ontario Para-Nordic Team Selection Criteria & Athlete Support

2013-2014 Selection Criteria and Athlete Support Programs
The Cross Country Ontario Team Selection Criteria and Athlete Support Programs for 2013-2014 are posted. This document has several significant changes from previous years.
2013-2013 Selection Criteria and Athlete Support Programs


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

Peter Beisel

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    [2013-11-04]


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  [2013-09-19]


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  [2013-09-13]


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  [2013-08-28]


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 All coaches are encouraged to check their transcript on 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  [2013-07-23]


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.
Full Story  [2013-06-23]


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  [2013-06-11]


CCC Videos
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  [2012-06-05]


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


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.
Full Story  [2013-04-02]


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.
Full Story  [2013-03-29]


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.
Full Story  [2013-03-28]


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.
Full Story  [2013-03-27]


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.
Full Story  [2013-03-26]


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.  [2013-03-12]


2013 OUA Series Points
The OUA Series Points to March 6, 2013 are posted.
2013 OUA Series Points to March 6  [2013-03-06]


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  [2013-03-05]


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.
Full Story  [2013-03-05]

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  [2013-03-04]


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.
Full Story  [2013-02-26]

Alana Thomas

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.
Full Story  [2013-02-26]


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.
Full Story  [2013-02-21]

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.
Full Story    [2013-02-07]

Alannah MacLean

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  [2013-02-06]


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.
Full Story  [2012-02-06]


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.
Full Story  [2012-02-06]

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.
Full Report    [2013-01-29]


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.
Full Report  [2013-01-22]


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].
Details  [2013-01-15]


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    [2013-01-14]


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  [2013-01-11]


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.
Full Story  [2013-01-07]


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.
Full Story  [2013-01-05]


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.
Full Story  [2013-01-04]


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.
Full Story  [2013-01-01]