Alberta World Cup Launches Cross-Country Ski Training Center in Calgary

New option for Elite development cross country skiers to combine higher education and high performance training

CANMORE – Bridging the gap between high performance sport and higher learning, the Alpine Insurance Alberta World Cup Academy (AIAWCA) will expand from the mountains into the city by launching a new training center in Calgary. This will allow athletes to excel in cross-country skiing while studying at the University of Calgary.

 Canadian athletes and their families have demanded this type of program for years to better prepare for both their racing and working careers. As stated in the Cross Country Canada Women’s Committee Report on the 2016-17 athlete surveys, one of the most significant issues is “…athletes are frustrated with the current development model in Canada. There is a strong demand for more support to attend university while still training towards the elite level.”
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CCC Coaching License Reminder


Coaches are at the core of the Athlete Development system as they have the most influence and responsibilities in developing athletes. As such it is critical for CCC and divisions to have complete standardized and reliable data in regards to who is an active coach, how many there are and what their coach training (NCCP) statuses are.

The CCC Coaching License will become mandatory for all coaches coaching for more than 7 hours/year starting July 1st 2017. Only those coaches with a valid CCC coaching license will benefit from CCC’s liability insurance while performing in a coaching role with a registered cross country ski club.

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Coaching Development – Legacy Grants

logo2The Alberta World Cup Society (AWCS) and Cross Country Alberta (CCA) are supporting our athletes, through coach development, for the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer 2019. Support is available via the Legacy Investment Funds from the Ski Tour Canada 2016 events recently held in Canmore. This is a reimbursement program retroactive to January 1st 2017, awarded to successful coaching applicants who have completed a coaching program.

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Alberta Gangwon Cross Country Sport Exchange

Thank you to all the athletes’ coaches who submitted applications to participate in the Alberta-Gangwon Cross Country Ski Sport Exchange. We received a lot of strong applications, conducted interviews and reviewed written essays from the skiers.

The Alberta Cross Country Ski community has much to be proud of with the well-rounded skiers that applied. Athletes and Coaches attending the exchange are:

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Science + Triathlon Conference

The World Triathlon Series will be hosting the 4th biennial ITU Science + Triathlon Conference for the first time in North American and it will be in Edmonton, Alberta Dec 5- 8, 
Our Conference is bringing forward the latest science in endurance sport and packaging it into an accessible, easy to understand, hands-on way way to coaches, as well as health practitioners, academics, researchers and hard core Elite or Age Group athletes.

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