Thursday, November 7, 2019

November Newsletter

We are excited to announce that the Ontario Masters Championships for 2020 will take place at North Bay Nordic Ski Club. The date is Fri. Feb 21 – Sun. Feb 23. Thanks to Tom Cook and the Organizing Committee in North Bay. It will have the same format in previous years:
Friday - 10 km classic
Saturday - hoice of 20 km skate or 20 km classic
Sunday am - 10 km skate
Registration will be up on Zone 4 by December 1. The first 30 registrants will receive a bonus ‘Ontario Masters XC Ski’ accessory carabiner! So, register early (and often Ha! Ha!)
Registration is open for the 2020 Canadian Masters Championships, which will be held in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. The date will be March 26 – 29, 2020. Please find attached the bid and details. You can register here: can view the details on the Canadian Masters Website:
MWC, Cogne, Italy 2020
Registration is now open for MWC 2020. Go to the host website at to register. There are still 2 rooms available at the Hotel Petit for Canadian skiers. Please contact Bruce LeGrow if you wish to book ASAP! We are arranging a bus transfer from the Turin Airport to Cogne (March 3 and 4) and from Turin to the Turin Airport (March 14). We anticipate that the price would be approximately $110.00. Please contact Wendy Grater by November 15, if you wish to be included.
Once again, we will be having the very popular Loppet Point Series of races this year. Your time will be adjusted according to the age related handicapping tables and the fastest male and female skier will receive 100 points. Each skier will receive points according to the percentage his/her age adjusted time is behind the fastest skier.
1. We will count the 5 best age adjusted races for each skier.
2. A skier must include at least 2 races from the Ontario Masters Championships at North Bay, Feb 21 – 23. 3. A skier must be a member of the Ontario Masters Cross Country Ski Association at the time of the event to have his/her points tabulated for the event. An exception will be made for a skier who has never been a previous member of the association.
Please advise Maureen Bretz ( ) of any errors or omitted events. The 2019-20 schedule is attached.
Winners of last year’s series is still being tabulated, we will announce in the next newsletter, and present the awards at the Ontario Masters in February.
10 km classic
option of 20 km classic or 20 km skate 10 km skate
WINNERS are those who beat everyone older than themselves ... Submitted by Norm Spinks
This is a new way of recognizing the performance of older competitors in any sport. The above heading defines the method. No further words are needed. Age grouping is ubiquitous across many sports, notably running and cross-country skiing. This system is an alternative to age grouping and overcomes weaknesses of age grouping especially those pertaining to older competitors.
With age grouping, competing within an age group becomes increasingly difficult with increasing age. A competitor near the older end of a group has difficulty competing with someone at the younger end. Often this is compensated by narrowing the age span but this brings the disadvantage of too few competitors per group, especially older groups. Often a cut-off age is imposed above which all competitors are lumped into a single group. How fair is that?
Even in younger groups, age grouping can give misleading results. So-called winners in a group are often beaten by competitors in an older group.
The “Winners” method overcomes the above age-grouping weaknesses. But it does favour older competitors who have less people to beat. For example, the oldest competitor is an automatic winner provided he or she completes the event according to the rules.
Age grouping favours younger competitors. The “Winners” system favours older competitors. It could be used alone or in combination with age grouping.
In 2019, “Winners” were identified in three separate events: the Deep River Silver Spoon, a cross- country ski race in the classic technique; the Canadian and Ontario Masters cross- country ski championships at Timmins; and the Club Championships at Deep River Golf Club.
Results are given in the complete paper.
To summarize, the Spoon used 10 year age groups and cut-off ages of 60 and 70, depending on gender. Many older “Winners” are missed in the age groups. The Canadian Masters uses 5 year age groups with no cut-off. The number of “Winners” is similar to the number of age groups but skewed towards older age. Younger age groups can have no “Winners”, the so-called group winners being beaten by competitors in older groups. The Deep River Golf Club. Championship is no different from clubs across the province of Ontario in normally applying age recognition only to golfers over 55 years, the Senior Champions; In other words a cut-off of 55 years. For the women, only the oldest in the field of 10 was an extra “Winner” because she beat all three of intermediate age. For the men an extra five “Winners” were identified. A concluding main point to be made is that all five deserve recognition equal to that of the Senior Champion.

In 2019, in Timmins, Norm took the results from the 16 races held and, using competitor’s dates of birth. I have attached a summary letter from Norm, describing the results, as well as 4 excel sheets, with the ‘Winners’ listed. Norm’s short term objective is to simply receive comments, and ultimately would like to have this formula added to all competitions over a spectrum of activities/sports.
To make a comment to Norm, please send him a note to spinksn@bell.netThanks, Norm, for your tireless work on this!
Our new season membership season began on May 1, at that time, the Zone4 registration for next year became active. Thanks to everyone who has registered already. Here is a list of those who have aleady registered ( as of Oct 27, 2019):
Marcel Crete Rauno Makinen Stan Kaczmarek Peter Hoffman Ron Mahler
Ivan MacKenzie Glenn Edwards Christa Ramonat Norman Spinks Mary-Anne Church
Chris Huet Tom Lobsinger Allan Magi Mark Orzel Ken Hawthorne
Mike Huet
Susan Kaczmarek Todd Randall Woody Woods Ed De La Plante
Glenn Meeuwisse George Milne Harry Vanderlugt Ed Cottell
Risto Santala Michael Gordon Tom Cook Cathy Cottell
Len Pizzy Michelle Gordon Joseph Kryger Deborah DePass
Kit Pizzey
Susanne Vanderlugt John Blachford Wendy Grater
For those who have not, I have a link here to the Ontario/Canadian registration page.
I have also attached the old fashioned document in case you want to register by snail mail.
Attached you will find a copy of the accommodations that are available for MWC 2021 in Canmore. I realize that the event is still 18 months away but as the saying goes, ”The early bird gets the worm”. It will be the responsibility of each Canadian participant to book their own accommodations. This booklet was given to all national Directors during our recent meetings in Canmore. Each European Nation was to submit their top three choices for accommodations to the OC by the end of October. Based on that information the accommodations would be allocated so if Canadians wait too long some of the accommodations may be booked by the time they decide. I am sure there are other hotels in Canmore besides the ones that are listed here so hopefully it won’t be a problem. If you are planning to attend the MWC in Canmore, I strongly suggest that you make preliminary bookings soon!
I still have a number of the Canadian Masters Toques which are available. The toque is designed to compliment the racing suit, and is made by Sauce. It is the SWIFT toque, and available in 2 sizes, small/medium or medium/large. A copy of the design is attached. Cost per hat is $35.00 including tax, plus postage. Please contact Wendy Grater if you’d like one!


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