ABOUT THE ONTARIO SKI TEAM
The Ontario Ski Team (OST) is one of the main properties of Alpine Ontario Alpin. Since its inception in 1977, the OST has been a leader in ski racing development in Ontario, Canada, and the world. Many graduates of the OST have continued to race and achieve international success as part of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team (CAST) and/or on the NCAA circuit at some of the most prestigious schools in the United States.
The Ontario Ski Team (OST) is a High-Performance Development Program designed to prepare Ontario’s best Junior FIS ski racers with the broad range of skills and values needed to succeed on the international stage. The primary athletic goal of the team is to graduate athletes to the Canadian Ski Team, but many OST athletes have also gone on to successful NCAA racing careers. The OST strives to work with the whole athlete, creating an environment where athletes can develop their skills, athletic character, and passion for ski racing. The OST requires athletes to be fully committed to the program.
2019-20 ONTARIO SKI TEAM
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The CSIO – Toronto (Canadian Sports Institute of Ontario) provides the Ontario Ski Team with physical testing, injury prevention screening, physical conditioning program design and sports science support. The CSIO supports multiple Olympic and Development level athletes and sports. Learn more here: www.csiontario.ca.
The OST will come together for conditioning camps, and coaches are in regular contact with our athletes to implement and monitor programs. The goal of our conditioning program is to reach elite fitness levels, including a focus on injury prevention and the general health of our athletes.
Key Conditioning camps at the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) include: Testing, program design, sport psychology, nutrition and injury prevention and typically take place over one weekend in April, May or June, July and September. *2020 dates will follow in March.
ON SNOW PREPARATION:
Our preparation plan involves over 50 training days at 5 excellent venues with a focus on skill development, technical training and speed training for those that race all disciplines.
2019 Snow Camp Dates and locations:
May 11-19: Mammoth Mountain, California
June 26 – July 6: Wittenburg Germany
September 1-14: Saas Fee, Switzerland
October 12-26: Wittenburg Germany, Hintertux Austria
November 14 – 28: Western Canada, or Colorado
*note the 2020 camp dates will follow in March, 2020
The primary performance objectives for this level are the success at the Nor-Am level and qualification for the World Junior Championships. This will also involve developing competitive skills, building confidence, and improving rankings at regional FIS races in Canada and the US, possibly Europe. Goals and race calendar will be tailored to the success and development needs of the team and individual athletes, and to support school demands.
The OST is lead by Kip Harrington, AOA’s High-Performance Director. Kip is a Performance Level (PL) Certified coach and Level 3 CSIA with experience coaching at the NOR AM, Europa Cup and World Cup level. He previously ran the OST from 2000 to 2007 after which time he moved to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team for eight years and then to the British Ski Academy for two years. Kip lives in Sault Ste. Marie. [email protected]
Cam Stephen – Women’s OST Head Coach. Cam is a Performance Level Coach, Level 3 Official, NCCP mentor, evaluator and course facilitator. In addition to 12 years of coaching on the FIS Circuit Cam was in the Canadian Armed Forces and has his Bachelor of Physical Health and Education Honors from Laurentian University and his Masters of Education from the University of Victoria. This is Cam’s first year with the OST. Cam has recently moved to Collingwood from Alberta and reports to Kip Harrington. [email protected]
Cam Mckenzie – Men’s OST Head Coach. Cam is a Development Level (DL) trained coach with over a decade of experience coaching at the club, regional and PSO level. He has spent the past four seasons coaching the Ontario Ski Team, this is his third year as the Men’s Head Coach. Cam lives in Collingwood. [email protected]
OST SUPPORT STAFF
Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario
Melissa works with the U19 High-Performance Program and Ontario Ski Team athletes at the CSIO. She holds a BSc. degree in Athletic Therapy and a MSc in Exercise Science from Mercyhurst University. During her time at Mercyhurst University, she also played on the women’s ice hockey team.
Prior to joining the CSIO team, Melissa worked as a sport physiologist and lab manager for 6 years at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. Through her role at CSI Pacific, she has worked predominantly as the lead physiologist and innovation & research lead for Wheelchair Rugby Canada. She has also provided physiological testing support for numerous provincial and national Olympic and Paralympic athletes along with strength and conditioning support for Softball Canada for the past two years.
Human Performance International
Dr. Sinclair works with the U19 High-Performance Program and Ontario Ski Team athletes. She is a world-renowned sports psychologist AOA is extremely lucky to work with. Her credentials include Ph.D. (Ott.), Ph.D. (Cantab.), R. Psych., C. Psych. Partner and Performance Psychologist. James Sleeth M.A. (Miami) Partner and Managing Director