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
Four Clubs and Two University Teams Join Team Hardwood Summer Program
Team Hardwood's Summer Program got off to a great start with 28 participants from all over Southern Ontario and beyond. Hardwood Head Coach Ron Howden summarizes the weekend in a video and article.
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
Draft Nominations for 2013/2014 Ontario Ski Team - Junior A and U23
Based on the National/NST nominations published by CCC, attached is a draft nomination list with reasons for each. The appeal and force majeure deadline was Friday, May 3 at 5pm.
National Ski Team and National Development Centre Team Nominations 2013-14
The Nominations for National Ski Teams and Development Centres have been announced by Cross Country Canada.
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.
Lakehead XC Summer Training Camp
The Lakehead XC Summer Training Camp, hosted by Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club and Lakehead University will take place June 30- July 4, 2013.
For Information Contact:
Adam Kates or phone 807-355-0497
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)
2013 - 2014 Request to Host Ontario Ontario Midget Championships
The revised bid requirements and documents for the Ontario Midget Championships are linked below. Deadline for submission of these documents us extended to May 27, 2013.
Ontario Midget Championships Bid Package
2013 - 2014 Request to Host Ontario Cup Events
Please note that the Ontario Cup Bids package submission deadline has been extended to May 27th. The CCO High Performance Committee will be reviewing the current Ontario Cup technical package as well as the 2013-2014 competition calendar. Our goal is to include competition dates and formats in the bid package document. Stay tuned for the new bid package document in early May.
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.
Juvenile & Junior Boy/Girl Draft OST Points & Criteria Update
Linked below are the OST points after all races. Please note the following updates to the OST Criteria Document:
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.
The Superclinic is Back
The 3rd annual NCCP Superclinic will take place in Thunder Bay, at Lakehead University Athletics, June 14-16, 2013. Training to Train coaches, who are interested in moving on to the Comp Dev stage, can complete the mandatory multi sport modules (i.e. leading a drug free sport, managing conflict, coaching and leading effectively, psychology of performance) at this event. The multi sport modules are available to ANY coach to take whether it is part of the coach pathway or as professional development or just personal interest. More information and how to register to come.
Ontario Junior Development Team
CCO congratulates the athletes selected to the Ontario Junior Development Team who will be representing Ontario at the 2013 National Championships in Callaghan Valley.
2013 Ontario Junior Development Team
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.
My Coach Video Contest & Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards
The Coaches Association of Ontario is calling all students, athletes, parents, to find the best coaches in the biggest province in Canada. Until February 1, 2013, you can says “Thanks Coach” by nominating them for an Ontario Coaching Excellence Award or entering the My Coach Video Contest where $800 is up for grabs.
SIRC Press Release
The Minimum Mandatory Coaching Qualification Policy Update
The Minimum Mandatory Coaching Qualification (MMCQ) policy has been updated simply to clarify the meaning of “assisting”. It is a minor update and doesn’t change the policy per se. Please note that there are liability insurance implications associated with policies that establish standards of practice.
Updated Minimum Mandatory Coaching Qualifications(Policy 2.4.5)
Call for Guides for Para-Nordic Athletes
The CCO Para Nordic program is seeking able bodied high performance skiers in various parts of Ontario to train and/or compete as guides for our high performance visually impaired skiers. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Opportunities exist to compete provincially at Ontario Cups; nationally at the our National Championships and the 2015 Canada Winter Games; and internationally at International Paralympic Committee sanctioned World Cup races and the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. For more information please contact Gary Fohr at
2012-2013 OST Criteria
The Able Bodied and Para-Nordic OST Criteria have been approved by the board and are posted.
2012-2013 Able Bodied Ontario Ski Team Criteria
2012-2013 Ontario Para-Nordic Ski Team Criteria
Andy Shields on his First World Cup Experiences
CCO reporter, Corina Zechel interviews Andy Shields of Waterloo Region, a senior men's U23 racer now in his 3rd year at the National Development Centre in Thunder Bay. Shields competed in both individual sprint competitions at the World Cups in Québec City and Canmore.
Erin Tribe on her First World Cup Experiences
CCO reporter, Corina Zechel interviews Erin Tribe of Team Hardwood, a senior racer now in her 4th year at the National Development Centre in Thunder Bay. Tribe competed for Canada in both individual sprint competitions at the World Cups in Québec City and Canmore.
North Americans Show Their Stuff in Canmore
Proving to the world that North American skiing has come of age, Canadians and Americans claimed 15 top 20 finishes in the World Cup in Canmore on a perfectly groomed course that impressed the Europeans.
Canmore World Cup Classic Races: A Real Fight
It was a spectacular day for racing in the picture perfect Rocky Mountain town of Canmore, where skiers from 20 countries came to race the challenging trails. The first of a series of 3 events, the women's 10km and men's 15km classic races took place yesterday, showcasing some of the world's best hill climbers.
Kershaw Teams Up with Harvey for Canada's Top Result in Quebec World Cup
In the free style team sprint event on Friday in Quebec City, Devon Kershaw of Sudbury teamed up with Alex Harvey in North America's first city-centered World Cup in an exciting fast-paced race on a narrow and twisty course lined by hundreds of enthusiastic spectators.
Michael Somppi and Brittany Webster Shine at Silver Star NorAm
For the second straight weekend in a row, Somppi and Webster have put in solid performances, no doubt a big confidence booster in the lead up to the World Cup in Canmore this week.
Seven Ontario Skiers Qualify for Canadian World Cups
Ontario was well represented at the first Haywood NorAm of the season in Canmore, Alberta this past weekend. Stakes were high as Canada's top skiers fought for the remaining national group quota spots at the World Cups in Quebec and Canmore.
Erin Tribe & Andy Shields Qualify for World Cups
NDC Athletes Erin Tribe & Andy Shields will join Michael Somppi participating for Canada in the Canadian World Cups this month.
World Cup Skiing Season Begins
The World Cup skiing season began last Saturday and Sunday in Gällivare Sweden. Saturday, the men did a 15 km free, and the women 10k. Sunday was a relay day, with the men doing 7.5 km legs.
2012-2013 OAAP Carding Criteria
OAAP Carding Criteria for 2012 - 2013 is now posted.
Able-Bodied OST Ontario Athlete Assistance Program
Para-Nordic Ontario Athlete Assistance Program
Changes to the CCI Coaching Certification Process
The CCI (L2T and T2T) coaching level is changed such that there is a certification at L2T and another at T2T. Formerly there was one certification for CCI at the completion of the T2T component. There is also a formal evaluation process for certification in the future, with some exemptions until March 31, 2013.
Details on Changes to CCI Coaching Certification
Coaching Certification Update
The linked document identifies equivalencies and steps required for Level 2 certified coaches in the old system, to move to the new system. In addition, certification changes within CCI (L2T and T2T) are explained, where coaches will now be certified at L2T prior to moving to T2T.
Coaching Certification Update
Updated CCO Documents
The Ontario Cup Technical Package has been updated for 2012-13.
2012-13 Ontario Cup Technical Package
The detailed spreadsheet of all O Cup events, formats and distances by category is posted.
2012-13 Ontario Cup Event Details
Algoma University Nordic Ski Team News
Helen Lindfors has been named coach of the Algoma University Nordic Ski Team, which will formally join the the OUA for the 2013-2014 season. The team plans to compete this season, prior to being formally recognized in the OUA.
More Information about Algoma University
2012 - 2013 Ontario Cup/NORAM/Midget Championships Schedule
The CCO HPC has updated the Ontario Cup, NORAM and Ontario Midget Championships Schedule, including format and technique for 2012 - 2013. Highlands Nordic is hosting a NorAm on January 25 - 26, which is not an O Cup due to conflict with high school exams.
CCO Competition Schedule
Robbi Weldon Wins Paralympic Gold Medal
Robbi Weldon and guide Lyne Bessette won the gold medal in the Women's Individual B Road Race at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Eric Bailey Recipient of 2012 Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Award
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce Eric Bailey as the recipient of the 2012 Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Award.
NEW Selection Criteria for FISU World University Games 2013
The 2013 FISU World University Games are now to be held in Trentino, Italy from Dec 11 - 21st, 2013. Due to the change of dates and location of the 2013 FISU World University Games, the selection criteria has been amended.
Selection Criteria from CCC Website
Cross Country Canada Skills Development Programs Fee Increase
Cross Country Canada's Skills Development Programs Registration fee will be raised to $7.00 per participant for the 2012-13 season. This increase is the first since 1995, the current fee of $5.00.
Letter from CCC to Divisions Letter from CCC to Clubs
Ontario Athletes Nominated to National Talent Squad
Four Ontario athletes have been named to the National Talent Squad. The program is delivered by the four National Development Centres across Canada. The goal of the program is to help prepare athletes for a training centre in the future.
Complete list of nominations
Robbie Weldon Wins Ontario Sports Award
Robbie Weldon has been awarded Female Athlete of the Year with a Disability - for Para-Cycling.
Robbie's page on Canadian Paralympic Committee's Website
CSC Ontario High Performance Sport Symposium Presentations
The CSC Ontario’s PSO High Performance Symposium’s Powerpoint presentations from April 13 are linked below.
CSC Ontario High Performance Sport Symposium Presentations
2011-2012 Ontario University and College Points Series
Congratulations to individual winners Mary Thompson and Harry Seaton, and the top teams (which were the same for both Men and Women:
2011-2012 OCU OCup Points Series Team Results
2011-2012 OCU CCup Points Series Individual Results
2012 Haywood Ski Nationals - Overall Aggregate Standings
The aggregate Provincial, Club, Individual, CCCUNC Team and Individual standings are available on the CCC website.
2012 Haywood Ski Nationals Aggregate Standings.
NCCP Competition Coaching Development (Comp-Dev) Context
There is new information on the CCC website on Competition Coaching Development (Comp-Dev).
Competition Coaching Development Information.
New NCCP Minimum Age Policy & MMCQ Policy Update
CCC has decided to lower the minimum age at which a coach can register for an NCCP Intro to Community Coaching (ICC) workshop to 14 years (as of the first day of the workshop). This new policy will come into effect starting January 21, 2012, but may be implemented now at the discretion of each division.
NCCP Minimum Age and Minimum Mandatory Coaching Qualifications Policy
CCO Coaching Certification Database
Club Head Coaches/Administrators can now access each coach’s certification information through zone4. This allows one to keep track of the number of certified coaches, whether or not paperwork has been completed, what steps are missing to get certified, etc.
CCC Student Athlete Leadership Grant Program
CCC is providing financial support to University ski team members with racing licences for coaching and officials courses. More information at http://www.cccski.com/Membership/Student-Leadership-Grant-Program.aspx