Financial Support for Eligible Ontario Athletes for Ski Tour Canada
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce financial support for Ontario athletes who qualify for the Ski Tour Canada. Eligible ON licenced athletes, who are not on the NST, and are selected for the Ski Tour Canada, will be provided with $500 plus a further $250 bonus for each top 30 placing per event.
Ontario ParaSport Championships Change of Location
ParaSport Ontario would like to welcome Para-Nordic athletes to participate in Ontario ParaSport Championships, Feb. 12 - 14, 2016 in Sudbury Ontario. (Please note Saturday race start and banquet time changes in revised notice)
Employment Opportunity - Assistant Coach - NDC Thunder Bay
NDC Thunder Bay is seeking candidates for an assistant coaching position. Application deadline Feb. 12, 2016.
Ontario Athletes Selected to Represent Canada Internationally
Congratulations to 13 Able Bodied and Para-Nordic athletes who will be representing Canada internationally following the selection races at Lappe.
T2T On Snow workshop February 27, 28, 2016, Nakkertok, Ottawa
This workshop is directed at coaches working with children 12 - 16 years of age (Training to Train). Prerequisite: NCCP Trained Community Coach and Trained Learning to Train status as well as T2T Dryland workshop. We are aware that this date conflicts with Midget Championships and the Gatineau Loppet. We will be offering more workshops in the near future, but please join us if you can be free that weekend.
Registration open on www.zone4.ca.
2016 Ontario Midget Championships at Kawartha Nordic
Get excited for Midget Championships hosted by Kawartha Nordic, on February 27th & 28th, 2016.
2015-2016 CCO Para-Nordic Team Criteria
Cross Country Ontario Para-Nordic Team Selection Criteria and Athlete Support Programs document is now posted.
Para-Nordic Team & Athlete Support Document
Ontario High Performance Quick Fact Sheet
Linked below is a short summary overview of the programs and support available to Ontario licensed skiers.
Quick Fact Sheet
Ontario Support Guidelines at International Races
Cross Country Ontario announces guidelines to support Ontario athletes who are selected to represent Canada at international races. We value excellence and reward excellence by providing financial support to ensure athletes are able to focus on training and success.
CAO 10th annual Coaches Conference
The Coaches Association of Ontario's 10th annual Coaches Conference (Feb 19-21, 2016) is coming to Niagara Falls, and registration is now open. The conference is a great development opportunity for coaches of all types and all sports. It offers a unique multisport learning experience. (And PD points for certified coaches). Open to Coaches of every level. Full Conference weekend or Single Day options available.
Information & Registration
2015-2016 Q4G - OAAP 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 2015-2016 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP).
2015-2016 OAAP Final Nomination List
2015-2016 OAAP Quest for Gold Nomination List with Ranking
Accommodations For 2016 Eastern Canadian Championships
The organizing committee has negotiated a preferential room rate with the Official Hotel, Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa, 2, Montcalm Street, Gatineau, Québec J8X 4B4. It is recommended that reservations be made early since the event coincides with Winterlude in Ottawa.
2015-2016 CCO Team Criteria
Cross Country Ontario Team Selection Criteria and Athlete Support Programs document is now posted.
Team Selection & Athlete Support Document
NDC Thunder Bay - Club Wax Room Experience Opportunity.
NDC Thunder Bay is offering an opportunity intended to provide developing Ontario Clubs, Coaches and Technicians with exposure to a high level wax room environment at the Eastern Canadian Championships 2016.
Development CCC License
CCC has introduced a Development Level License for those skiers born in "2001 and after" for the price of $15. While the purchase of the license is not mandatory we recommend that midget-aged athletes intending to compete at more that one OCup event consider purchasing the developmental license. Please note the Ontario Midget Championships will not require athletes to have a CCC license.
More Information on CCC License Application Page
2015-2016 Q4G Ontario OAAP Carding Criteria
The 2015-2016 Q4G Ontario Athlete Assistance Program Able Bodied and Para-Nordic criteria are now posted.
Q4G OAAP Able Bodied Carding Criteria
Q4G OAAP Para-Nordic Carding Criteria
Bryan Dubeau Awarded Heinz Niederhauser Scholarship
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce that Bryan Dubeau has been awarded the Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Scholarship.
Air North Offer for Transportation to Ski Nationals 2016
Air North is offering a special package for transportation from Ottawa to the 2016 Ski Nationals in Whitehorse.
Email from Air North
Ski Nationals Rate Details
Provincial Coaching Experience - Forêt Montmorency
Cross Country Ontario requires coaches to assist in leading the Ontario Ski Team's on-snow training camp in Forêt Montmorency between Oct. 31 - Nov. 8, 2015 with the possibility of an extension until November 11. Application deadline Sept. 21, 2015.
Position Description and Application
SKI-LINES.COM Launches For the Ski Community!
Three members of the Ontario ski community have recently launched a website called ski-lines.com with the goal of increasing the accessibility of cross-country ski racing news by aggregating, translating and summarizing articles from around the World.
Press Release Ski-Lines Website
Accommodation for 2016 Ski Nationals
Claude Chabot, Chief of Competition for Ski Nationals has invited people having trouble booking accommodation, to contact him with details and the number of people with the team.
Coach Opportunity: Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoe
In preparation for the Arctic Winter Games, the Kativik Regional Government's (KRG) Recreation Department and Team Nunavik-Quebec (TNQ) are hiring coaches to manage a five month long training and development program for youth between the ages of 13-17 years.
Patti Kitler Recipient of 2015 Firth Award
Congratulations to Patti Kitler on receiving the Firth Award at the 2015 CCC AGM in Canmore. The Firth Award is awarded annually to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to cross country skiing in Canada.
2015 - 2016 Ontario Cup Events
The schedule of Ontario Cup Events for 2015 - 2016 is posted.
2015 - 2016 Ontario Cup Formats and Techniques
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.
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
2015 Talent Squad Nomination
The Ontario Talent Squad Nominations are posted.
2015 Ontario Talent Squad Nominations
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
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.
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.
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.