WALDEN NORDIC RACE TEAM

YOUTH RACERS  |  JUNIOR RACERS
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The Walden Nordic Race Team is led by an experienced staff of National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Certified coaches;

WNR HEAD COACH: 

Marlee Clement

WNR ASSISTANT COACHES:

Bryan Dubeau

Sara McIlraith

Walden Nordic is supported and offered by Walden Cross Country. Athletes will benefit from training on trails throughout the city, however the main training facility will be Walden.

Whether your goal is to compete on the international stage, or simply to develop the skills required for participation in cross-country skiing – a “sport for life” – we have the program for you. Our mission is to grow the cross-country skiing racing culture as a whole throughout the Greater City of Sudbury and grow into a strong presence on the local, provincial, and national stages in the years to come.

The Walden Nordic programs are developed by Cross Country Canada and delivered through our Provincial Sport Organization; Cross Country Ontario.  Our racing programs follow the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model, which integrates health and education with sport and physical activity.  It encourages all individuals to be involved in lifelong physical activity and articulates the need for all, particularly those that have the capacity and interest to become elite athletes, to be given a solid foundation in physical, technical, tactical and mental capacities upon which to build their performance abilities. Whether you’re new to racing, or are looking to climb the national ranks, WNR will help get you there.

YOUTH RACERS

TIER 1A
FEES TBD

This program is designed for athletes in U16, U18, U20 and U23 categories who are planning to compete on the Ontario Cup Circut, be named to the provincial team, and/or attend Nationals.


The goal of this program is to engage athletes in a fun, supportive and healthy team atmosphere while increasing their commitment to Nordic Skiing.

Under the guidance of the coaching team, Youth Racers focus on improving technical skills, aerobic capacity, speed, strength, and race tactics in both classic and skate skiing techniques. The program coincides with the Cross Country Canada Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model



INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION FEE:

  • All practices from September to April.

  • 1 Summer Training Camp, 1 Fall Training Camp, 2 Testing Camps

  • Customized Full Year Training Plan (YTP)


EXTRA FEES:

  • Club Membership at Walden Cross Country and day passes at other local clubs.

  • Race Support Fees for each event. To be divided among athletes attending.

  • $20 Race Wax Fee for each event.

  • Athlete Pro Sport Log account


TRAINING SCHEDULE:

  • Summer: 1 dryland practice per week

  • September to November: 2 practices per week

  • December to End of Season: 2-3 practices per week


FULL YEAR TRAINING PLAN (YTP):

  • An individualized training plan is created for each athlete in Tier 1a by March.

  • Athletes receive weekly emails and communication regarding training specifics.

  • Training is monitored and tailored online using Athlete Pro Sport Log.


COMPETITION:

  • Athletes must confirm which Ontario Cup events they wish to attend by October 1st and submit a $50 deposit.  The deposit will be subtracted from the first Race Weekend Support Fee.

  • Athlete to Coach/Support Ratio policy has been changed to allow coaches discretion based on the type of event. Typically, if less than 5 athletes are attending a race 1 coach is needed, 5 + athletes will require additional coaching/support staff. This information will be communicated with the parent executive. Youth Championships athlete to coach ratio will remain at 8:1.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

HEAD COACH

Marlee Clement

YOUTH RACERS

TIER 1B
FEES TBD

This program is designed for athletes in U16, U18, U20 and U23 categories who are planning to compete on the Ontario Cup Circut. For those aiming to be named to the provincial team, and/or attend Nationals, Tier 1A is highly recommended though not necessary.


The goal of this program is to engage athletes in a fun, supportive and healthy team atmosphere while increasing their commitment to Nordic Skiing.

Under the guidance of the coaching team, Youth Racers focus on improving technical skills, aerobic capacity, speed, strength, and race tactics in both classic and skate skiing techniques. The program coincides with the Cross Country Canada Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model



INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION FEE:

  • All practices from September to April.

  • 1 Summer Training Camp, 1 Fall Training Camp, 2 Testing Camps


EXTRA FEES:

  • Club Membership at Walden Cross Country and day passes at other local clubs.

  • Race Support Fees for each event. To be divided among athletes attending.

  • $20 Race Wax Fee for each event.


TRAINING SCHEDULE:

  • Summer: 1 dryland practice per week. Tuesdays at 5:30

  • September to November: 2 practices per week

  • December to End of Season: 2-3 practices per week


COMPETITION:

  • Athletes must confirm which three Ontario Cup events they wish to attend by October 1st. A $50 deposit will secure their spots and will be subtracted from the first race support fee. 

  • Athlete to Coach/Support Ratio policy has been changed to allow coaches discretion based on the type of event. Typically, if less than 5 athletes are attending a race 1 coach is needed, 5 + athletes will require additional coaching/support staff. This information will be communicated with the parent executive. Youth Championships athlete to coach ratio will remain at 8:1.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

HEAD COACH

Marlee Clement

JUNIOR RACERS

TIER 2
FEES TBD

This program geared towards U14 athletes, as well as high school athletes who’s primary focus is on Cities, NOSSA and OFSAA competitions.


The program coincides with the Learning to Train (L2T) and Training to Train (T2T) stages of the Cross Country Canada Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model. It supports positive team building and social activities and it fosters the development of mental, cognitive, and emotional skills required at this developmental stage of racing. Under the guidance of the coaching team, U14 Racers focus on improving technical skills, aerobic capacity, speed, strength, and race tactics. 


INCLUDED:

  • All practices from September to April

EXTRA:

  • Club Membership at Walden and day passes at other local clubs

  • Training Camps

  • Race Support Fees for each event.


TRAINING SCHEDULE:

  • September to November: 2 practices per week

  • December to End of Season: 2-3 practices per week



CONTACT INFORMATION:

HEAD COACH

Marlee Clement