The Southern Ontario Division Ski Team (SODST) is a high performance FIS alpine program for like minded, committed athletes wishing to pursue the sport of ski racing to the highest level. Our mandate is to deliver world class training and racing opportunities for our members. The SODST’s long-term goal is to increase Southern Ontario Divisions (SOD) presence on our Provincial and National Ski Teams. To be successful in our endeavors we recognize the need to select athletes based on past performance and subjective factors that highlight an athlete’s athletic potential, dedication to the sport, work ethic and love of competition.
The SODST has a very strong and unique relationship with our member ski clubs within the Division. Their support provides the SODST with excellent training environments and facilities which allows coaches and athletes to maximize training and race opportunities for success. Qualifying for the SODST is designed for the very best graduating U16 and U19 athletes within the SOD.
For the 2018-2019 season, the SODST will have three programming options:
1. Performance Level
These athletes are identified as being on a high performance pathway. They have demonstrated very strong race results at National or the International level and have a strong level of commitment and dedication to the sport.
2. High Performance Level
This criteria is applied to identify Ontario athletes in the U19 High Performance Pathway, and to provide additional training opportunities with the Ontario Ski Team coaches and program.
For all other FIS carded athletes in SOD who are unable to make the full commitment to the SODST but still want to continue racing FIS on a limited basis. SOD will support these athletes by way of off season training opportunities and in season train up opportunities with the SODST. As well the SODST will support club coaches and athletes at out of Division FIS races where applicable.
CORE BELIEFS & VALUES OF THE SOD SKI TEAM
1 – Every Athlete deserves a great coach.
2 – Athletes should be developed, not filtered.
3 – Commitment, Effort, Determination and Focus will lead to success.
1) To provide Athletes with the opportunity to pursue their passion for ski racing in a supported team environment geared towards each individuals needs.
2) Build athlete centered schedules, while supporting individual academic needs through our approved educational institutions, and available tutoring while at fall on-snow camps and when training in Collingwood.
3) Provide individual annual fitness programming developed from the fitness assessments conducted at the CSIO.
4) Challenge athletes with targeted race and training opportunities.
5) Support an atmosphere where risking failure, and learning from success provides excellent life skills that will serve the athlete well beyond their ski racing career.
The SOD Ski Team is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Toronto (U of T) for the members of the SODST. The new partnership is in an effort to provide better opportunities to make ski racing more desirable and accessible for athletes and families. The plan will consist of two main pillars. The first being an off-season program providing support specifically for the SOD Ski Team by way of physical conditioning, mental training, and nutritional awareness. The second pillar, still being finalized, will consist of a broader high performance relationship between Alpine Ontario Alpin, SODST and U of T, specifically designed for athletes who have graduated high school and would like to continue to ski race while pursuing a post-secondary degree.
Parents and racers please download and read in full the 2017 SOD Athlete Handbook.
“Whether you are a 50-point skier or a 150-point skier, SOD’s coaches are always motivating you and putting in effort to see you achieve your goals.
I had no idea that my first year alone would give me memories and relationships I know I’ll have for life.”
“What the coaching team does is not easy and not everyone can do it, but they have found a way to get through to our kids, to motivate and lead them. These boys put a lot of pressure on themselves which at times can lead to frustration, and the coaches attitude and guidance was very helpful. They treat them as adults, allowing them to make their own choices and learn from the mistakes they make. Taylor, Bebe and Will each play an important role and have contributed to our boys successes and ongoing development as athletes and young men.” — Parent