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.
Coaching Opportunity - Head Coach Big Thunder Nordic
Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, is seeking to fill the full-time position of Head Coach. Deadline for applications; August 6, 2014.
Job Posting Job Description
2014 - 2015 O Cup Schedule
The 2014 - 2015 Ontario Cup Schedule, as well as important race dates for OUA Championships and OFSAA are now posted. Formats and Techniques will be posted as they become available.
2014 - 2015 Ontario Cup Schedule
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.
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.
Employment Opportunities at Walden
The Walden Cross Country Fitness Club is hiring a part time coach and a Program Coordinator. Deadline for applications is July 31, 2014.
Part Time Coach Position Description
Program Coordinator Job Notice
Program Coordinator Job Description
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.
Team Hardwood Camp
Team Hardwood is offering a camp for younger skiers (ages 10-14) from Aug 17-22. Focus is on fun while hiking, mountain biking, swimming, volleyball, tree-top trekking and giving roller skiing a try. See http://www.teamhardwood.ca Early bird rate ends June 30. Limited to 20 participants. Registration https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=6878&lan=1&cartlevel=1
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
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.
2015 And 2016 ON Midget Championships Request to Host
In hopes of increasing participation and ensuring stability in hosting, CCO is accepting bids for both the 2015 & 2016 Ontario Midget Championships OR the 2015 Midget Championships.
Request to Host Package
Ontario Cup Technical Package
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.
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.
O Cup Technical Package & Request to Host Package Posted
The 2014-2015 Ontario Cup Technical Package and Request to Host Package are now available. Deadline May 30, 2014.
Ontario Cup Request to Host Package
Ontario Cup Technical Package
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
Registration for Team Hardwood's Summer Program now open
Team Hardwood's Summer Program is back again this year. This program offers flexibility for athletes looking for quality coaching in a fun, supportive atmosphere where they can get fit and enhance their cross country ski skills.
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.
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.