Sunday, January 6, 2019

January News

Masters Skiers and Friends,
We welcome you to the 2019 Masters xc ski championships in Northern Ontario on February 8-10th.
The ski trails at Porcupine Ski Runners are in top condition for the 10 & 20km. events.
We received over 20cm last week, and another 10-15cm is expected in the next week.
The rain and warm weather in many parts of Ontario did not reach us. Their rain was our snow.
Multiple daily flights from Air Canada and Porter airlines provide service from the Toronto hub. All major car
rental companies provide service from the airport.
The hotel room block is in place until January 11th. Best to book now.
Travel from the hotel to the trails is 10 minutes or less.
Friday night athlete social will have a local microbrewery ( Full Beard Brewing) providing a refreshing
beverage option to athletes.
Saturday banquet will be at a local Italian Hall with a great pasta meal offering.
The Early Bird registration deadline is January 11th so if you want to take advantage of the reduced rate you
have to register prior to then. Registration is on
Please refer to the PSR website and connected race notice for event and accommodation information.
Please join us for a great event, and a great warm up for those traveling to Norway for the MWC!
January 2019
The MWC in Norway is quickly approaching. Over 60 Canadians have already registered, and it should be a
super event. Please see information from our National Director, Bruce LeGrow, in the attached Canadian
newsletter. This describes details on selection for RELAYS as well as Canadian Social events.
If you did not book your accommodation through Bruce and the Canadian Team, please contact Bruce at to let him know your location and to confirm your participation.
Our second order of Canadian Masters Toques have arrived! These are available to any member of the
Ontario Masters organization. They are great toques by Sauce Headwear. Please see attached the
design.. The cost is $35.00 including tax. Please contact Wendy Grater if you
would like to purchase one. We will have any toques still remaining at the Canadian Masters
Championships in Timmins, and at the MWC in Norway.
Submitted by member Norm Spinks
I am recommending to members of the Ontario Master Cross Country Ski Association that they consider a new
way of identifying winners in our competitions. This is defined by the following:
Winners Are Those Who Beat Everyone Older Than Themselves
I will start by saying what it is not. It is not a formula for age adjustment as is used in our season-long points
system. It is not related to age groupings. It is an alternative to age groups. It does not need age groups.
The above heading defines the new system. No further words are needed. However it is difficult to sell because
age groupings are ubiquitous across many sports. People think in terms of how it relates to age groups. With
age groups, winners have to beat younger competitors within the group. This becomes very difficult to do
especially in the older age groups. It goes against the essence of Masters competition which is to avoid having
to compete against younger competitors. Age grouping becomes unfair to older competitors
within older age groups. Many competitors wait until entry to a new age group which gives them a better
chance of winning. Quite often, especially in younger age groups, so called winners are beaten by some in an
older age group. They should not be called winners.
Organizers of Masters competition have a difficult time defining the age groups. Our Masters skiing with 5
year increments has a problem with decreasing numbers of entrants in older age groups. Ten year increments
improve this but makes winning even more difficult at the top end of an age group. Organizers sometimes give
up on older competitors by defining an age above which all older entrants are lumped. How fair is that?
This new suggestion has no such difficulties:
There is no need to beat anyone younger. Think about it: if you have beaten everyone older than yourself have
you not put on a good performance? I say that you are a winner. Why would you have to beat anyone
younger? Is it not the essence of Masters Competition taking away the need to beat younger competitors.
One more point: Fairness. Age grouping is unfair to older skiers and this corrects the situation without being
unfair to anybody. This coming season I enter the 85 to 89 age group which gives me an unfair advantage
over those pushing 90. What hope does an 89 year old have of beating me? He should not have to.
This idea has been put forward by Norm Spinks, to try out in the Ontario Masters Championships
standings in Timmins in 2019. If you can please send any comments regarding this, by January 20th, to
both and we would appreciate it. Thanks!
Hi Everyone
We currently have 80 registered members as listed below. If you have not already joined, please register
at or fill in the attached registration form and send
to the address indicated on the form, with your payment.
Thanks to all of you who have already registered. Here is the list to Jan 1, 2019:
Bruce Alexander, Mark Berger, Dan Bertini, John Blachford,
Bonnie Blunton, Lean Burgan, Allan Butler, Catherine Penny,
Rob Cheskey, Louise Choquette, Mary-Anne Church, Thomas Cook,
Ed Cottell, Cathy Cottell, Deb DePass, Ed DeLa Plante,
Raphael DelliQuadri, Richard Demers, Jean Dorego, Blanche Drapeau,
Mike Dyon, Glenn Edwards, Stephen Flower, Jillian Flower,
Judy Gauthier, Ken Godfrey, Michelle Gordon, Michael Gordon,
Wendy Grater, Ken Hawthorne, Doug Hollingsworth, Chris Huet,
Mike Huet, Sue Kaczmarek, Stan Kaczmarek, Paul Kadziora,
Harris Kirby, Perry Kirkey, Linda Kirkey, Sandra Kiviaho,
Colin Kiviaho, Joseph Kryger, John Lewis, Tom Lobsinger,
Greg Lutick, Ivan Mackenzie, Allan Magi, Ron Mahler,
Rauno Makinen, Claude Marchand, Sara McIlwaith, Glenn Meeuwisse,
Keith Mercer, Karel Mika, Jana Mika, George Milne,
Michael Nevills, Mark Orzel, Peter Ostrom, Neil Phipps,
Kit Pizzey, Len Pizzy, Christa Ramonat, Todd Randall,
Jane Ravenshaw, Risto Santala, Werner Schwar, John Sexton,
Norman Spinks, Richard Thomas, Mark Thomas, Marion Tilstra,
Harry VanderLugt, Susie Vanderlugt, Brenda Vodusek, David White,
Woody Woods, David Wright.
Our Directors and special volunteers for 2018-19.
Director – communication & promotions Wendy Grater
Director – finance & membership Deb de Pass
Volunteer - Loppet PointsSeries Maureen Bretz

Volunteer – website/social media Glenn Meeuwisse


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