Divisions Update

Weekly Update: September 11 – 17

September 18, 2020

2020-2021 Female Athlete Mentorship Program

The Nordiq Canada Women’s Committee has been coordinating the Female Athlete Mentorship Program since 2010 with the goal of creating a strong community of elite female skiers in Canada. Younger athletes will be paired with past or current elite skier for the year. The program will provide an opportunity for older athletes to share their journey, knowledge and experiences as high-level racers, while giving younger athletes a friendly resource for any questions or concerns they may have. Click here for more information on how to apply.

Ski-at-School Grants Now Available for Divisions! 

Modifications have been made to the Alta-Gas Ski-at-School program. The will be delivered via divisions, and applications can be made directly by divisions to better support new as well as established Ski-at-School efforts within their division. 

Ski-at-School is a Nordiq Canada program, sponsored by AltaGas, which aims to bring cross-country skiing to schools and clubs across Canada in the hopes of converting them into long-term skiers. This program is intended to directly connect divisions to schools and clubs by assisting in furthering program development and expansion. For divisions to apply for a Ski-at-School grant, please fill out this application and send it to Ilona Gyapay,   by October 15, 2020.

Resources for instructional standardization of the Ski-at-School program by means of the NC Ski-at-School Guidebook, which will serve as a program resource with sample plans and expected learner outcomes can be found here.

Nordiq Canada Strengthens Commitment to Athletes and Gender Equity: Call for Nominations for New Board Position Coming Soon

At the 2020 AGM held earlier this month, Nordiq Canada’s voting members – comprised of Division Chairpersons and the elected athlete representative –  unanimously voted in favour of amending the by-laws to add a second athlete director to the Board of Directors.

Of the two athlete director positions, one is reserved for a male athlete, and the other for a female athlete. The change was made with the goal of ensuring gender equity for Canada’s cross-country ski athletes, strengthening the athlete voice on the Board of Directors, and ensuring sufficient resources available at the Board level to support the growing athlete pool across the country.

Want to help shape Nordiq Canada’s future? Stay tuned for our official Call for Nominations to be released late September.