Nordiq Canada https://nordiqcanada.ca/ Fri, 21 Jun 2024 16:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://nordiqcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/cropped-site-icon-2-32x32.png Nordiq Canada https://nordiqcanada.ca/ 32 32 Weekly Division Update June 20 https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/weekly-division-update-june-20-2/ Fri, 21 Jun 2024 16:00:55 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18848 Dear Divisions,

Please share this information within your offices and with your members as appropriate.

 

Weekly Division Update June 20

 

Table of Contents: 

  • Nordiq Canada Annual Awards recipients
  • 2024-2025 Coach and Technical Staff Immersion Opportunities
  • NCCP Learn to Compete On Snow Workshop
  • Nordiq Canada Board Chair
  • Lunch and Learn Sessions for Nordic Coaches

 

Congratulations to the 2024 Nordiq Canada Annual Awards recipients

 

Reid Carter – Dave Rees Award
Claudia van Wijk – Firth Award
Kevin Pettersen – Volunteer of the Year Award
Sandra Houde – Volunteer of the Year Award
Norda – Sponsor of the Year
Brittany MacLean and CBC Sports – Media Recognition Award
The remarkable achievements and contributions of these individuals underscore the vibrant and supportive community within Canadian cross-country skiing.
As Nordiq Canada continues to honour and recognize these contributions, the inspiration drawn from such dedication promises a bright future for cross country skiing in Canada.

 

Full Story

 

2024-2025 Coach and Technical Staff Immersion Opportunities
Nordiq Canada is committed to creating meaningful development opportunities for coaches and wax technicians within the Development and High Performance Systems.

We are pleased to offer the following development opportunities for the 2024-25 season.

Interested applicants are asked to complete the following application form. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2024.

 

Learn More

 

NCCP Learn to Compete On Snow Workshop for Cross Country Skiing November 21-24, 2024
The NCCP Learn to Compete On Snow Workshop for Cross Country Skiing is now open for registration.
Held at Sovereign Lake, BC from November 21st through 24th 2024.

Participants need to have completed the Dryland workshop prior to attending (although not necessarily in the same year)

 

Cost is $440 per participant.

 

Learn More

 

Nordiq Canada Board Chair 

 

The Board of Directors has elected Morgan Rogers as its chair for a one-year term. Morgan can be reached at boardchair@nordiqcanada.ca.

“It’s a tremendous honour and privilege to be reelected as the Nordiq Canada board chair, and I am thrilled to continue to lead the board and collaborate with our stakeholders and partners as we work together towards the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.” – Morgan Rogers

 

Lunch and Learn Sessions for Nordic Coaches
Session 3 – Continuing the Conversation together: Communities of Practice and Psychological Safety with Wade Gilbert Part 2.

July 9th , 2024, 12:00 – 12:50 MT / 2:00 – 2:50 PM EST
Join us for part 2 of creating Communities of Practice and Psychological Safety with Wade Gilbert. In this session, we will discuss tools, resources, and best practices to create a community of practice that allows individuals to become the best versions of themselves.

Prior to the meeting, we encourage you to listen to the Brene Brown “building brave Spaces” podcast as a form of ‘preflection’.

 

Meeting Link

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Celebrating National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/celebrating-national-indigenous-history-month-and-national-indigenous-peoples-day/ Fri, 21 Jun 2024 06:00:51 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18835 In June we celebrate National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day. A time to recognize the rich history, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  

 

To celebrate, we had the privilege of speaking with Sharon Firth. She graciously shared her journey, highlighting the significance of Indigenous representation in sport. 

 

A member of the Gwich’in First Nation, Sharon Firth was born in Aklavik Northwest Territories in 1953. Sharon and her twin sister Shirley competed in four Olympic Games and three World Ski Championships. They won a combined 79 Nationals medals and were named to the National Ski Team for 17 consecutive years. Sharon was inducted into the order of Canada, Canada Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Ski Hall of Fame, and was awarded the John Semmelink Memorial Award, the Commissioner’s Award from the government of the Northwest Territories, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. 

 

In the interview we discuss growing up in Aklavic NWT, surviving residential schools, the Territorial Experimental Ski Training program, representing Canada and the Indigenous community, giving back, and life after competitive skiing.  

 

Listen Now (click to listen)

 

Sharon Firth’s Bio 

 

 

 

“The current systems that we live with at this moment in time are founded on genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Indigenous people of Turtle Island. We should remember that as we move through our everyday lives. Residential and Indian Day School was my era, sixties scoop was many of my friend’s era and there are still kids being taken away from their families and communities in so called Canada. And then to think about how this affects kids getting into sport and particularly sport that is dominated and governed by folks who do not look like them or share the same cultural values. There are many Indigenous sports organizations and competitions that Indigenous youth feel more comfortable engaging with and being part of.” – Sharon Firth 

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Celebrating Canada’s cross country skiing community, and the individuals making a difference in our sport https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/celebrating-canadas-cross-country-skiing-community-and-those-making-a-difference-in-our-sport/ Thu, 20 Jun 2024 15:46:34 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18819 The setting – a cross-country ski race at Pioneer Park, just northwest of Toronto. A young Claudia Kerckhoff, accompanied by her mom, is entranced by the famed cross-country ski twins, Shirley and Sharon Firth.

“They came down a hill,” van Wijk remembers, the image seared into her mind like it was yesterday. “Around a corner and then back up a hill, right past me—flew by me, actually—and I was like: ‘Oh. My. God. They never touched the snow!’”

That memory of Sharon and Shirley Firth continues to resonate with Claudia van Wijk, the 2024 recipient of Nordiq Canada’s Firth Award. Presented annually to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to cross-country skiing in the country, van Wijk is honored to receive an award named after the two icons. Members of the Gwich’in First Nation, the Firth twins were the first Indigenous women to represent Canada at the Olympics and were part of Canada’s first women’s National Ski Team.

“These women,” van Wijk marvels, “could ski as well as the guys. That made such an impression on me. They were a great inspiration; a great model to emulate.”

Following a long athletic career in kayaking, Van Wijk teamed with husband Dirk to expand the Nakkertok Cross Country Ski Club located outside Ottawa. Their investment of land for new trails, and fundraising has expanded the club into one of the largest in Canada.

“I love to ski,” she says. “For me, it’s pure paradise. Just fifteen minutes from Ottawa, our nation’s capital, you’re outside, surrounded by nature, with only the sound of birds chirping… It’s heaven.”

“The biggest reward is seeing how healthy the club is. When you get there on a Saturday morning, it is so colorful, little kids whipping around, most giggling and, yes, some crying. But you know they’re going to fall in love with the sport.”

If the van Wyks hadn’t bought the land, Claudia concedes, it “would’ve been developed, like everything else.”

“So, I feel very, very proud because it’s given a lot to a lot of people; but it’s also given me a lot, too. I love to give back to the sport that’s given so much to me, the way Sharon and Shirley did,’ emphasizes van Wijk.

Claudia and Dirk van Wijk at the Nakkertok Nordic Centre.

 

Other Nordiq Canada award recipients include Reid Carter for the David Rees Award, along with Kevin Pettersen and Sandra Houde for the Volunteer of the Year Award.

The David Rees Award is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding extended commitment to cross-country skiing in Canada.

A long-timer skier himself and division chair of cross-country B.C., Reid Carter founded Black Tusk Nordic Events Society to host the 2023 FIS Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships, and 2022 Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals and U.S. Super Tour Finals in Whistler, B.C. Carter and wife Laura contributed $1.3 million to make these prestigious events a reality.

Over 15 years, Kevin Pattersen, Volunteer of the Year recipient, helped transform his home club Caledonia Nordic Ski Club in Prince George, B.C. into a world class hosting venue, and the largest club in Canada.

During his tenure he’s been vice-president, president, and chairman for a multitude of prestigious national and international events, beginning with the 2015 Canada Winter Games and progressing to the 2024 IBU Para Biathlon World Championships and FIS Para Nordic World Cup Finals.

He’s been instrumental in acquiring funding for the improvements at the club, including a $1 million grant to build a 2.5 km roller ski track.

“For me, (the Distinguished Volunteer Award) really helps fuel the inspiration; knowing that the impact we have is felt far and wide,’ says Pettersen. “It’s acknowledging what we’ve pulled together to accomplish something here, and being recognized for that is an incredible feeling.

“It draws the spotlight to all the amazing work that everybody – not just me – does to make this an incredible place.

“Just like high-profile athletes inspire the next generation, the recognition of this, we hope, inspires others.”

Kevin Pattersen at the 2024 IBU Para Biathlon World Championships

Volunteer of the Year recipient Sandra Houde, a recreational skier and mother of two young skiers, became involved at the Club Nordique Mont-Sainte-Anne in 2017. Since then her commitment has grown adding work for Ski de Fond Québec and the Chaudière-Appalaches region.

A particular joy for her is assisting skiers in the U14 categories to grow their connection to the sport. She does this by organizing competitions, supervising, and developing the competitive program, coordinating the training of officials and youth instructors, managing club clothing orders, and overseeing club infrastructure and events. Houde was instrumental in mobilizing volunteers at the Nordiq Canada Selection Trials in 2023 and a couple of months later the Coupe Québec Final, after it was canceled at another site.

“I like to see the young athletes accomplish a lot of things,’ says Houde. “I also really enjoy welcoming new people to the club; if they have questions, I give them my telephone number because I know what it’s like to be a new family from a different place, to not know a lot of people.

“Competitions are a lot of work, being responsible for the volunteers is a lot of work, but these events wouldn’t be possible without the people involved. It’s not me. It’s a team.”

 

“In each year since my first, we have seen 15 new families arrive at our club. That’s the best feeling for me.”

 

The remarkable achievements and contributions of these individuals underscore the vibrant and supportive community within Canadian cross-country skiing. Claudia van Wijk’s profound impact on the Nakkertok Cross Country Ski Club and her connections to the Firth twins highlight the enduring legacy of pioneers in the sport. Reid Carter’s visionary efforts and generous contributions have elevated the status of competitive skiing in Canada, while Kevin Pettersen’s dedication has transformed the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club into a hub of excellence. Sandra Houde’s tireless commitment to fostering young talent and welcoming new families exemplifies the spirit of community and volunteerism that sustains the sport.

 

As Nordiq Canada continues to honour and recognize these contributions, the inspiration drawn from such dedication promises a bright future for cross country skiing in Canada.

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Weekly Division Update June 13 https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/weekly-division-update-june-13/ Fri, 14 Jun 2024 15:47:04 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18814 Dear Divisions,

Please share this information within your offices and with your members as appropriate.

 

Weekly Division Update June 13

 

Table of Contents: 

  • Coach Lunch and Learn #2 – June 25th
  • AGM Recap
  • 2024-2025 Coach and Technical Staff Immersion Opportunities

 

Coach Lunch and Learn #2 – June 25th:  The Need for Speed Continues
Join us for an engaging session with Joao Henrique Falk Neto, 2024 Coach Conference Presenter, and Eric de Nys, High Performance Domestic Operations Lead. This event will build on previous discussions about speed and performance.

Time: June 25, 12pm MT

 

Join the Session Here

 

AGM Recap
Thank you to all who attended this year’s Nordiq Canada AGM and Annual Awards Banquet in Whitehorse, and to Cross Country Yukon for hosting. 35 Division representatives, Board Members, and Nordiq Canada staff came together to discuss the future of cross country skiing in Canada.

Stay tuned for an introduction to newly elected Board members Janet Gates, Thomas Holland, Madison Koekkoek, Morgan Rogers, and Anton Scheier; and for the inaugural election of the newest Board position: Para-Nordic Athlete Director.

 

2024-2025 Coach and Technical Staff Immersion Opportunities
Nordiq Canada is committed to creating meaningful development opportunities for coaches and wax technicians within the Development and High Performance Systems.

We are pleased to offer the following development opportunities for the 2024-25 season.

Interested applicants are asked to complete the following application form. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2024.

 

 

Learn More

 

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Championing Development: The Carter Families Decision to Save the 2023 FIS Nordic Junior & U23 World Ski Championships. https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/championing-development-the-carter-families-decision-to-save-the-2023-fis-nordic-junior-u23-world-ski-championships/ Wed, 12 Jun 2024 16:59:09 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18799 Reid Carter had a decision to make. Four months before the first race start of the Nordic Junior & U23 World Ski Championships in Whistler, the event was in jeopardy of being shut down.

 

Carter was torn. Fold or fight. He hadn’t established the Black Tusk Nordic Events Society to walk away with the dream of Canada hosting the prestigious event unfulfilled.

 

A long-time cross country skier, and Division chair of Cross Country BC, Carter had been recruited Georgia Manhard, a renowned volunteer in the ski community, to spearhead the initiative to bring the FIS Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships to Whistler.

 

A year before the Championships, Black Tusk Nordic hosted the 2022 Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals as a dry run for the major event. The 2022 Nationals event hosted 1,200 athletes, 400 coaches and wax technicians and wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of volunteers who’d committed their time and talents.

 

“You don’t want to blow that up, that amazing group of people,’ marvels Carter.

With the Championship event on the line, and hundreds of athletes, coaches, wax techs, and support staff from around the world unsure if they would be heading to Canada for the championships, the decision was made.

 

“My wife said to me: ‘You’ve been at this three years. You know you’re going to hold it. We’re very fortunate. We should just pick up the difference.’

 

“I thought about it for a moment, and I told her: ‘I think you’re right.’ And we were good.

When your partner says something like that, it’s pretty wonderful and makes things much easier.”

 

The couple donated $1.3 million to save the event.

 

“The big shout-out,’ acknowledges Carter, “should go to my wife, Laura. I could see what the budget was going to look like for the Worlds, and I had to make a decision – hold them or not hold them. Being honest, if at that point we said we weren’t going to hold it, it would be a long time before FIS gave Canada an event again.”

 

Laura Carter at the 2022 Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals in Whistler BC.

 

“We did incredibly well fundraising with many generous donors when you look at things,’’ reflects Carter. “The problem is the Sea-to-Sky Corridor is a very expensive place to hold an event.”

 

A sampling of the costs provides a glimpse into the budget for such a large endeavour: $950,000 in food services, $900,000 for accommodation, $265,000 in transportation, $344,000 for broadcast and photography, and $375,000 on supplies such as temporary tents and trailers.

 

“People who suggest you should just go out and find more corporate sponsors need to understand they simply don’t exist.” explains Carter “Rossignol, Salomon, Lanctot, were all great partners in this along with several others. But a FIS event like this has a budget of approximately $3.2 million and finding sponsors that can make a business case for larger scale investment is challenging.”

 

Despite the cost, the Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships were a huge success from both competitive and experienced perspectives.

 

Thirty-six nations, 460 athletes and 350 team trainers, coaches and FIS officials attended. The competition was broadcast live on nine TV stations in Scandinavia and Europe, along with a CBC Sports livestream.  “Expensive but it really changes the impact,’’ notes Carter. “It was on TV in Europe, up on the website for a long time afterwards, and it’s still on YouTube”.

 

Three hundred and fifty volunteers gave their time to work at the Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships. A 15-vendor marketplace in the finish line stadium parking lot gave the event site an Olympic feel.

 

Team Canada at the 2023 FIS Junior/U23 Nordic World Ski Championships in Whistler BC.

 

 

Carter singles out the hiring of John Aalberg, a Norwegian-born American cross-country skier who competed for the USA at the 1992 and ’94 Winter Olympics and has since designed and staged a slew of major competitions, as pivotal in moving the project forward. The initial stages of planning, Carter admits, had been a bit of a trial.

 

“That (hire) was in September ’21,’’ recalls Carter. “John had put on all the major events, designed Whistler Olympic Park, the ski jump, nordic combined and cross country courses for Beijing and other Olympics.

 

“He agreed to be the project manager for an exceptionally generous amount – almost as a volunteer. As soon as we had John, everything fell into place quickly. We were in great shape.”

 

Aalberg brought his Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship “know everyone and know everything” pedigree to the project.

 

“The Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships are probably the one that’s the most work of any event you can put on” Aalberg explains. “I’ve done Olympic Games, but I had a staff of over 200 people reporting to me. I was in charge of Callaghan Valley, (for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games), all the venues up there, and had a huge staff and 2,500 volunteers.

 

“But for the Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships… “there are more athletes and coaches than an Olympics, yet almost the same number of events with far less staff.

 

“It all depends on your budget and the available human resources. “Obviously without Reid and his family’s contribution, these events wouldn’t have happened. We all know that.” said Aalberg.

 

The list of invaluable people who committed to the project is lengthy: Norman Laube (Black Tusk Nordic Events Society Chair), Jake Weaver (chief of competition), Rick Smith (chief of ski jumping), Morna Fraser (volunteer co-ordinator), Nancy Richard (marketing and communications), Dirk Rohde (venue operations), Cynthia Sully (special events co-ordinator), Tim Hope and Nadine Brandt (Whistler Olympic Park liaisons), Shera Clement (finance director), Ian Lowe (accommodation), and so many more.

 

“It’s an experienced and talented pool around the Vancouver-Whistler area that you can call on,” praises Carter. “A National Championship? No problem. A World Junior and U23 Championships? No problem.”

 

That degree of care and commitment resonated with everyone gathered at Whistler. The reviews during and after the event? Unanimous raves.

 

“For me, I talk to the teams and the coaches and by the looks on their faces, I know the truth,’ says Aalberg. “By that, I can tell if it’s been good or not. I trust them. And at those Championships those faces told me: ‘This is one of the best.’”

 

Rémi Drolet, Sasha Masson, Jasmine Lyons, and Liliane Gagnon celebrate a fifth-place finish in the Mixed Team Relay

 

“That’s what you have to do at a big international event. That human feeling we all strive for – to have a good time, the people you meet, the friendships you make, to think we’ve helped out in making a difference at an event for the people on hand competing or those watching.”

 

The importance of hosting large international events on Canadian snow can’t be understated.

 

“These events are so great for training coaches, building programs, and developing athletes…” “I think everyone is keen to know what the next one is.” says Carter.

 

In recognition of their support of cross-country skiing in Canada, Nordiq Canada is introducing the Reid and Laura Carter Award to honour all they have done in nurturing the talents of development athletes. The award will be presented to the top U20 male and female aggregate winners at the Canadian Ski Nationals starting in March of 2025.

 

When asked about his future plans to continue to support athlete development in the ski community, Carters response is resolute:

 

“I’ll definitely continue. I’m still chairing Cross Country B.C. We hosted a Teck B.C. Cup this year and will likely have Westerns next year. I’ve been involved in youth and development sports my whole life.

 

“And I’ve been incredibly fortunate. I’m not done yet but I’m very happy to be able to give back.”

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Weekly Division Update June 6 https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/weekly-division-update-6-june/ Fri, 07 Jun 2024 15:25:11 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18798 Dear Divisions,

Please share this information within your offices and with your members as appropriate.

 

Weekly Division Update June 6 

 

 

Table of Contents: 

  • 2024-2025 Coach and Technical Staff Immersion Opportunities
  • Happy Pride Month!

 

2024-2025 Coach and Technical Staff Immersion Opportunities
Nordiq Canada is committed to creating meaningful development opportunities for coaches and wax technicians within the Development and High Performance Systems.

We are pleased to offer the following development opportunities for the 2024-25 season.

Interested applicants are asked to complete the following application form. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2024.

 

Learn More

 

Happy Pride Month!
Happy pride month to everyone in our ski community that identifies as 2SLGBTQI+

Nordiq Canada is dedicated to fostering a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone. In our continued effort to lead in sport, we are engaging in discussions surrounding equity, and diversity. Our unwavering commitment extends to safeguarding and empowering 2SLGBTQI+ athletes, youth, coaches, officials, staff, and members of our nationwide community.

 

More resources

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2024-2025 Coach and Technical Staff Immersion Opportunities https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/2024-2025-coach-and-technical-staff-immersion-opportunities/ Thu, 06 Jun 2024 19:12:28 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18786 Nordiq Canada is committed to creating meaningful development opportunities for coaches and wax technicians within the Development and High Performance Systems. We are pleased to offer the following development opportunities for the 2024-25 season.

Coaching Wax Technician and Race Service Opportunities (click to view)

 

Application process (Click to View)

Interested applicants are asked to complete the following application form. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2024.

 

SafeSport

Nordiq Canada’s SafeSport policies requires everyone taking part in a Nordiq Canada trip to complete the following SafeSport requirements before departure.

  • · E-PIC
  • · 1 reference letter
  • · SafeSport Application Form
  • · Screening Disclosure Form
  • · NCCP Making Ethical Decisions (coaches only)
  • · CAC (Coaching Association of Canada) SafeSport Training
  • · Rule of Two online learning – (CAC)
  • · Driver’s Abstract – required to drive athletes

 

Requirements do not have to be completed to apply. Successful applications will be emailed instructions on how to complete them.

 

Expenses

Expenses related to travel, accommodation, food, SafeSport certifications, and approved miscellaneous costs will be covered by Nordiq Canada. Expense claims must be made using the Nordiq Canada Expense Claim Form found in the Document centre on the Nordiq Canada Website.

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Weekly Division Update May 30 https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/weekly-division-update-may-30/ Fri, 31 May 2024 15:17:33 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18752 Dear Divisions,

Please share this information within your offices and with your members as appropriate.

 

Weekly Division Update May 30

 

Table of Contents

  • Lunch and Learn Sessions for Nordic Coaches
  • 2024-25 National High Performance Program Prospects Team
  • Congratulations to the new Level 3 National Officials!

 

Lunch and Learn Sessions for Nordic Coaches  
June 4th, 2024, 12:00 – 12:50 MT / 2:00 – 2:50 PM EST 

Nordiq Canada and Biathlon Canada are excited to announce the first Lunch and Learn session of the season.  The ’virtual lunch’ and learn series will be a continuation of the Nordic Sports Coaches Conference in building Communities of Practice and better coaching practices.

Coaches who didn’t attend the Nordic Sports Coaches Conference are welcome to attend the session. The session will be hosted Wade Gilbert.

 

Zoom Link

 

2024-25 National High Performance Program Prospects
Congratulations to the following athletes who will be invited to a 2024-2025 Prospects camp based on the criteria outlined in the Nordiq Canada National High Performance Program Selection Criteria 2024-25.

 

PROSPECTS CAMP – EAST: July 11 – 15th Ottawa/Gatineau Region

PROSPECTS CAMP – WEST: July 18 – 22nd TBC

 

  • The Prospects program is an east and west based camp program designed for U18 and U16 athletes.
  • The goal of the Prospects program is to provide meaningful Athlete Performance Pathway based training opportunities from multiple divisions.
  • Aggregate Rank In Region placing is from the ranking list of eligible athletes from that region. Example, an athlete might be ranked 3rd overall on the aggregate list but be ranked first in their region.

 

Learn More

 

Congratulations to the new Level 3 National Officials! 
After 8 months of hard work and a final 4-day workshop at the Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals, these individuals have completed their level 3 course. Level 3 Officials can perform of all aspects of officiating at the division level for division cups and popular cross-country ski (loppet) competition or engage in event organizing at the division through to the national level.

Thank you to lead Course Conductor Mike Norton and to guest lecturers Dan Brisbin, Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt, Matt DeCarufel, and Dirk Van Wijk for their support. Congratulations graduates, we look forward to seeing all you do.

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2024-25 National High Performance Program Prospects https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/2024-25-national-high-performance-program-prospects-team/ Thu, 30 May 2024 17:58:24 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18729 Selection Rational (click to view)

 

Congratulations to the following athletes who will be invited to a 2024-2025 Prospects camp based on the criteria outlined in the Nordiq Canada National High Performance Program Selection Criteria 2024-25.

 

PROSPECTS CAMP – EAST: July 11 – 15th Ottawa/Gatineau Region

PROSPECTS CAMP – WEST: July 18 – 22nd TBC

 

  • The Prospects program is an east and west based camp program designed for U18 and U16 athletes.
  • The goal of the Prospects program is to provide meaningful Athlete Performance Pathway based training opportunities from multiple divisions.
  • Aggregate Rank In Region placing is from the ranking list of eligible athletes from that region. Example, an athlete might be ranked 3rd overall on the aggregate list but be ranked first in their region.

 

The deadline to appeal the nominations is Friday, June 7, 2024 11:59 PM in the time zone of the appealing athlete. Appeals must be submitted in writing to Nordiq Canada’s Appeal Manager, Stefano Mingarelli, at stefmingarelli@gmail.com.

 

Summary of Athletes (click to view)

 

The HPC oversaw the athlete nomination selection process as per the Nordiq Canada Selection, Nominations and Announcement policy. Members of this committee are:

  • Graham Nishikawa (athlete rep – Para)
  • Devon Kershaw (athlete rep – Olympic)
  • Maria Lundgren (BC)
  • Pauline Nadlersmith (ON)
  • John Lofranco (Athletics Canada)
  • Julie Beaulieu (Nordiq Canada)
  • Chris Jeffries (Nordiq Canada)

 

Final athlete selections were approved by Chris Jeffries, High Performance Director.

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Weekly Division Update May 23 https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/weekly-division-update-may-23/ Fri, 24 May 2024 15:45:31 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18685 Dear Divisions,

Please share this information within your offices and with your members as appropriate.

 

Weekly Division Update May 23

 

Table of Contents: 

  • NWSDA Grant Applications Open

 

NWSDA Grant Applications Open
The National Winter Sports Development Association (NWSDA) grants are a financial assistance opportunity aimed at supporting the development of internationally competitive Canadian athletes in cross-country skiing.

Application deadline: June 10, 2024.

Full details about the grant, eligibility and application form can be found below.

 

Application Form

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