National Winter Sports Association – Request for Proposals

High Performance April 4, 2014

News from Cross Country Canada


The “National Winter Sports Association” (NWSA) was established through the foresight and donation of the Disbrow family to assist cross-country ski clubs with proven ability to develop competitive skiers and coaches based on long-term development planning. The NWSA has a Board of Directors which decides on the direction and allocation of the NWSA grants. Cross Country Canada manages and administrates the annual funding allocations of the NWSA Board.

The Association’s order of priorities for funding assistance includes:

  1. The hiring of full time professional coaches to lead year round athlete development programs. The coach is required to adapt an inclusive approach to Cross Country Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Guide, “Cross-Country Skiing – A Sport for Life.”
  2. Advancing the education of professional coaches and cross-country ski racers who want to become professional coaches; this may include assisting them in their education at the National Coaching Institute (NCI) or other career enhancing opportunities.
  3. Funding assistance for athletes who have the skill and desire to compete, first for their club and provincial team and then at the National Ski Team level.


There will be a limited amount of money available for disbursement by NWSA in the 2013-14 season. The allocation of funds to clubs will be based on NWSA’s priorities in alignment with the following guidelines:

  • The quality of the club’s proposed program and the organizational support systems to deliver the program;
  • Funding assistance for career coaching development and education at the club and NDC level based on the coach development plans.
  • Funding assistance for individual athletes based on the published eligibility guidelines and consideration of the athlete’s long term goals and objectives leading towards international success.


Request for Club Proposals
Request for Athlete Proposals

Submit to: Thomas Holland, CCC Director of High Performance

Closing Date: April 25th, 2014

Selection Process:

  • All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee designated by the NWSA.
  • The Selection Committee will determine a short list of candidates.
  • The Selection Committee will send the short list of candidates to the NWSA Board for final selection and approval.
  • Successful candidates will be notified by phone and e-mail.

Please contact:  Lisa Patterson, CCC High Performance Development Coordinator for questions or concerns.

Notification of selections: estimated to be May 16, 2014 (to be confirmed by the NWSA Board)

Electronic submissions required.