Monday, April 8, 2002 - Information
Podium 2010 National Work Plan

The Podium 2010 Workshops identified key areas that we need to improve, if we are to have increased competitive success in the future. The workshops identified priorities and draft strategies that need to be publicized, implemented and monitored at a club, divisional and national level. This document identifies immediate initiatives that can be undertaken to help improve our athlete development system at this time. Other strategies will take some time to implement and integrate into existing or new plans at all levels.


1)    Podium 2010 Priorities, P+ublicity.

Publicity for the Priorities: In order for the strategies to be implemented there needs to be an awareness as to what they are and what they mean.

Action taken:
they have been distributed through, CCC and web page and email network, Ski Trax , Cross Connections, the Club Video and in Coaching course materials and discussions. Each division has also been sent a copy of the Workshop report and artwork for distribution in their division, posting on web pages etc.

Provincially: there has been some discussion in coaching courses but it is unclear how far the information has been distributed. It is visible on only one division web page. Please let Anton Scheier know what provincial initiatives have been undertaken to promote the Podium strategies.
Suggested initiatives:

o      Prime positioning on provincial web page,

o      distribution via provincial email networks,

o      inclusion in provincial newsletters and handbooks

o      workshop at Provincial Annual meeting

o      implementation strategy discussions at provincial executive and planning meetings

Club: as with provincial territorial associations it is unclear as to the extent of initiatives that have been undertaken to date. Information in this regard should be forwarded to the CCC Athlete and Coach Development office.

Suggested initiatives:

o      inclusion on club web page

o      distribution via club communication methods

o      implementation strategy discussions at club executive meetings



2)    Priorities and Strategies Adoption

Formal adoption of the Podium 2010 Priorities and Strategies are desired to encourage commitment to the initiatives.

Action Taken:

Nationally: plans are underway to hold a Workshop on the strategies at the CCC AGM and for the formal adoption of the Priorities and Startegies by the Board of Directors at that time. From there the National level initiatives will be incorporated into committee workplans and form part of CCC's new Strategic plan to 2006.

Provincially and Club levels: the plan can only be effective if implemented at the local levels. It is hoped that club and divisional executive will adopt the priorities and strategies at their upcoming spring AGM's and incorporate the initiatives into their own activities and planning documents.



Immediate Implementation Opportunities


There are many initiatives from the plan that can be incorporated quickly into the day to day activities at the Club, Division and National level. The remainder of the document highlights initiatives that can be quickly implemented in many situations. Other strategies will require longer term and more substantial actions that will be included in ongoing planning procedures and a further document. As well a monitoring system will be set up in the next few months to evaluate the initiatives effectiveness.


The initiatives are labelled P1 designating what Priority they relate to. The complete list of priorities is attached at the end of the document:


            Club Level

P1 Assign a media volunteer to publicize club races and other events

P1 Host and publicize more new event types (intra and inter club) such as sprints, duathlons, relays etc.

P1 Use existing dynamic CCC and other posters/videos etc in schools, community centers and internal communications to enhance the visibility of the sport

P1 Where feasible, invite NST and Training Centre athletes/coaches to meet and talk to developing racers (at events or separate off-season activities) Liase with CCC and the regional Training Centre in your area to implement.

      P2 Take appropriate levels of athletes to higher level competitions

P2 Ensure you recognize club athlete's success through your newsletter, web page, and to the local media. Have prize money or a prize table at local events.

P2 Investigate local sponsorship opportunities for club racing programs, possibly just through club membership connections

P2 Apply to local and prov. govt and other agencies for funding assistance especially for team trips

P2 Encourage local club athletes to undertake leadership roles in club programs, ie Jackrabbits and in this way develop a longer term club association. Promote these athletes as role models for younger skiers.


P3 Where numbers warrant, hire a paid club head coach. CCC has some information packages available in this area and a more complete package should be available in the summer of 2002.


P4 Ensure that the job description of the Club Head Coach includes the development of their assistants coaching skills.

P4 Assist the club coaches with funding to help them attain higher level certification courses

P4 Actively recruit potential new coaches, from athletes and parents and assist them to develop their skills

P4 Ensure that club coaches are certified coaches, that are actively pursuing upgrading courses. Level 3 NCCP certification is the expected standard for club coaches.


P5 Have a key club representative attend provincial level meetings relating to athlete development, in particular those relating to the roles and responsibilities of different levels in the athlete development system.


P6 Identify coaches requiring and capable of providing mentoring services for coach and leader development in the club. Structure a program to develop their abilities. Get involved with CAC's online mentorship program for women

P6 Encourage coaches to become involved in provincial and national programs including ICE and PCE assignments, Womens Program coach training funding opportunities and


P7 Ensure athletes in the club are following the guidelines of the "Road Map to a World Championship Title" athlete development model and introduce the "24 hour athlete" concept to the serious competitors

P7 Investigate flexible education opportunities in your community. This can run the range from teacher flexibility for individual athletes that are travelling to events, to a significant sport school situation. Where contacts are in place and circumstances dictate, establish a sport school program in your community.

P7 Work with local schools and business to develop flexible work and school arrangements for committed athletes in your community.


P8 Start a Canadian Team bulletin board in your clubhouse, highlighting the achievement of Canadian skiers in international events. Encourage your skiers to follow or to keep up to date and read interesting stories about Canadian ski stars. Promote Canadian role models when discussing skiing, Beckie Scott, Colette Bourgonje, Pierre Harvey, Marie-Josee Pepin Richard Weber and others. Check the athletes page on the CCC web page. Show the CCC club video at club get-togethers, highlighting the accomplishments of Canadian skiers

P8 Have an athlete get-together to watch an Olympic race on video. Send an email to our Canadian Team when competing in Europe, cheering on their efforts.


P9 Provide Level 1 NCCP training to team athletes 16 years and over that could be interested in coaching.

P9 Give athletes coaching related to tasks to help with at competitions. Involve them with helping out other, particularly younger athletes. Provide appropriate feedback on performance.


P10 Promote the sport at the local level.

P10 Get involved in Local, Provincial, National shared revenue generation/fundraising activities.

P10 Identify potential sponsor contacts to provincial and national committees.

P10 Identify and assist skiers in obtaining Grants, Scholarships etc, and look to access other grants and programs that will benefit club development.


P11 Ensure athletes are racing at the level and the number of times as advocated in the "Road Map"

P11 Recruit athletes to your program, using the recruitment guidelines in the Level 3 coaching manual and on the CCCC web page.

P11 Look to host high level events in your community and maximize the Sport Promotion impact. The sight of elite competitors can inspire young athletes to future success.

P11 Coordinate athlete travel with other clubs to ensure athletes are effectively supported on trips.

P11 Organize race calendars in conjunction with other clubs and their travel plans.


P12 Look at establishing trails near local educational facilities in order to faciliate skiing at schoool and after school. Lobby with the educational authorities to us the facilities in their programs.

P12 Establish lit trail systems to facilitate mid week racing and training.

P12 Establish a team handbook outliningg expectations and the needs of the racing program.

P12 Meet with the parents of the Elite racers outlining the demands and expectations of the program.


P13 Institute basic sport science monitoring activities as outlined in the CCC coaching manuals. Ensure club coaches are aware of the information.


P14 Work with other coaches to run 1-2 day intra and inter club training camps. Run and host similar camps for a longer period of time with more committed athletes, possibly as part of a provincial program.


P15 Ensure your club provides appropriate coaching support as athletes graduate to the older Junior, and Senior ranks. Include the older athletes in your program and also have them assist with the younger racers.

P15 Assist elite skiers meet their skiing goals, through fundraising events etc. as necessary "It takes a village to raise a child, it takes a ski community to raise an Olympic medallist"


P16 Recruit athletes. Check the Level 3 coaching manual for information and suggested methods. Promote, Promote, Promote and provide an environment with lots of hard work but lots of fun.


Division Level

P1 Develop a relationship with key media and ensure contact and press releases are forwarded to them for all key events, with post event reports.

P1 Ensure a variety of events are run in the division race series, including relays, sprints and some of the new format events, 1 day pursuits, Ski Duathlon.

P1 Develop a relationship with the provincial school sports program and explore avenues to work together to include a higher quality cross country ski racing experience in their program.

P1 Contact the NST program in order to have NST athlete participation at key divisional activities, particularly in the dryland season.


P2 Expand trip and camp opportunities, to promising “next level” athletes on an occasional invitational basis.

P2 Include prize money and/or prizes at provincial events and recognize more athletes on the podium rather than just the top 3 at events

P2 Ensure that good media coverage is given to the events. Nominate an effective volunteer in the media and publicity position.

P2 Expand the Sponsorship (cash and services) available through the Provincial Team program.

P2 “Recycle athletes” promote provincial athlete role models, maintaining contact with athletes as they move out of intense competitive involvement and encourage their continued involvement in the sport as a volunteer and/or supporter.


P3 Provincially promote the concept of fulltime paid club coaches and facilitate clubs establishment of these types of positions. This could include access to provincial grants, facilitation of communication between clubs that have an established and clubs interested in setting one up etc.

P3 Provide assistance with the identification of potential coaches for this position.


P4 Ensure the Province runs mentoring type experiences for developing coaches at training camps and competitive tours. Actively target potential coaches and provide a structured route for their development. This should include higher level athletes that may be interested in coaching as a career after their retirement from serious competition.

P4 Provide additional educational opportunities for coaches, seminars, workshops etc. to build on certification course materials.

P4 Specifically emphasize the professional development and improved effectiveness of Course Conductors.

P4 Ensure high standards are maintained in course delivery and the certification level of coaches involved in divisional programs.


P5 As necessary host a provincial workshop session to help define the different roles and responsibilities of clubs and the province in developing athletes. Liaise nationally in this regard. Document this information for new coaches and programs.


P6 prioritize and develop mentoring opportunities in the division, particularly emphasising the training of new volunteers. Link with National programs in this regard.


P7 With clubs investigate opportunities to establish Ski-Sport school programs and develop opportunities that better mesh, educational and ski racing goals.

P7 Ensure athletes in the province are following the guidelines of the "Road Map to a World Championship Title" athlete development model and introduce the "24 hour athlete" concept to the serious competitors.


P8 Promote the achievements of Canadian athletes and Coaches. Easy to do now after the 2002 Olympics.


P9 Identify up and coming coaches (former racers/parents etc.) with good high level potential. Mentor their development.

P9 Use the NCCP database to monitor coaches development and actively recommend they proceed to the next step to upgrade their training.

P9 Actively involve Team athletes in coaching related positions at provincial development camps, giving them some coaching experience. Ensure apprentice coaches are given meaningful roles.

P9 Ensure apprentice coaches are given meaningful feedback that will enhance their coaching performance.


P10 Work with CCC to communicate relevance of the National body and enhance it’s profile.

P10 Become involved in and promote joint cooperative, club, PSO, National fundraising activities.

P10 Compile and publicize a list of provincial funding, scholarship, sponsorship opportunities. For clubs, athletes.


P11 Compile Provincial race calendars that follow the guidelines of the “Road Map to a World Championship Title” and the Podium 2010 Priorities and meet the competitive needs of all levels of athlete..

P11 Organize a racing schedule that is as integrated as possible with the national and neighbouring divisions calendars.

P11 Develop a long term approach to event hosting, maximiing sponsorship, media and promotional opportunities.

P11 Ensure event schedules take into account the needs of various groups of athletes and the funding for these athletes is targeted in an appropriate fashion.


P12 assist provincial team members obtain appropriate time off from school as required, by identifying them as elite athletes. Ensure appropriate time for educational activities is available on team trips.

P12 Ensure there is good communication between the provincial level program and the parents of the children involved.

P12 Identify opportunities where provincial assistance can help to develop lit trails systems close to larger population bases and assist form the provincial level in the establishment of these facilities.


P13 Promote and implement Nationally generated Sport Science and Sport Medicine standards and guidelines.


P14 Assist with the scheduling and the provision of resources as appropriate, of local and regional athlete development training camps.

P14 Organize higher level regional developmental and provincial team training camps. Access funding, provide coaching expertise etc.


P15 Interact with National Team Development centres and establish provincial level centres where appropriate.

P15 Promote the importance of a focus on the 18-24 year old athlete in strong club and provincial systems.

P15 Provide financial and/or organizational and resource support for older Juniors and young seniors on the national competitive circuit (Continental Cups etc.)


P16 Provide resource materials, to clubs and promote the need for active recruitment of athletes to produce the competitive base necessary for continued Podium success.

The Goal is a 10% increase in the # of skiers participating in development programs at any level by 2010! If you have 10 athletes in your program, that means adding an additional skier for next year.


“It takes a village to raise a child, it takes a ski community to raise an Olympic Medallist”

Top 16 Improvements required for Podium Results at the 2010 Olympics and beyond.

1. Improve the image of the sport to make it more attractive to children/teenagers.

2. Increase the quality and number of athlete incentives (trips, recognition, finances).

3. Increase the number of fulltime paid, club coaches.

4. Improve the quality of coaching for children ages 6-14.

5. Better define the roles of club, division and national in developing athletes.

6. Increase mentoring opportunities available to coaches, athletes and other leaders.

7. Develop more "24 hour athletes" and increase the understanding of the concept.

8. Instil the belief in more people that Canadians can be internationally successful in cross country

ski racing.

9. Identify, recruit and develop more passionate coaches /leaders.

10. Increase the funding at all levels of the athlete development system.

11. Ensure that athletes have sufficient, appropriate race opportunities at all levels.

12. Increase parents and athletes understanding and knowledge of the requirements of the competitive

part of the sport and promote the support and opportunities that are available to assist the athlete

pursue their dreams and improve the facilitation of athlete's personal development, in particular

education and career objectives, in conjunction with the demands of high performance racing

13. Develop and publicize a Sport Science/Sport Medicine support model that outlines the

requirements and importance for all levels.

14. Organize and run, an increased number of affordable training camps at the club and regional


15. Develop a better race and support structure for 17-23 year old athletes that are just below the

National team level.

16. Increased skier recruitment.

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