Ontario Ski Team
ABOUT THE ONTARIO SKI TEAM
The Ontario Ski Team (OST) is one of the main properties of Alpine Ontario Alpin. Since its inception in 1977, the OST has been a leader in ski racing development in Ontario, Canada, and the world. Many graduates of the OST have continued to race and achieve international success as part of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team (CAST) and/or on the NCAA circuit at some of the most prestigious schools in the United States.
The Ontario Ski Team (OST) is a High-Performance Development Program designed to prepare Ontario’s best Junior FIS ski racers with the broad range of skills and values needed to succeed on the international stage. The primary athletic goal of the team is to graduate athletes to the Canadian Ski Team, but many OST athletes have also gone on to successful NCAA racing careers. The OST strives to work with the whole athlete, creating an environment where athletes can develop their skills, athletic character, and passion for ski racing. The OST requires athletes to be fully committed to the program.
The OST is centralized in Collingwood, and trains out of Active Life Fitness.
2023-24 Ontario Ski Team
Elli Clark, Toronto Ski Club
Gabby Wall, Alpine Ski Club
Kyle Blandford, Toronto Ski Club/Georgian Peaks
Colton Bartholomew, Craigleith
Jayden Buckrell, Osler Bluff
The OST is lead by Kip Harrington, AOA’s Vice President, High Performance. Kip is a Performance Level (PL) Certified coach and Level 3 CSIA with experience coaching at the NOR AM, Europa Cup and World Cup level. He previously ran the OST from 2000 to 2007 after which time he moved to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team for eight years and then to the British Ski Academy for two years. Kip lives in Sault Ste. Marie. [email protected]
Cam Stephen – Women’s OST Head Coach. Cam is a Performance Level Coach, Level 3 Official, NCCP mentor, evaluator and course facilitator. In addition to 13 years of coaching on the FIS Circuit Cam was in the Canadian Armed Forces and has his Bachelor of Physical Health and Education Honours from Laurentian University and his Masters of Education from the University of Victoria. This is Cam’s second year with the OST. Cam has recently moved to Collingwood from Alberta and reports to Kip Harrington. [email protected]
Cam Mckenzie – Men’s OST Head Coach. Cam is a Development Level (DL) trained coach with over a decade of experience coaching at the club, regional and PSO level. He has spent the past four seasons coaching the Ontario Ski Team, this is his fourth year as the Men’s Head Coach. Cam lives in Collingwood. [email protected]
OST SUPPORT STAFF
Lead Sport Scientist
Canadian Sport Institute
Melissa works with the Ontario Ski Team athletes at the CSI. She holds a BSc. degree in Athletic Therapy and a MSc in Exercise Science from Mercyhurst University. During her time at Mercyhurst University, she also played on the women’s ice hockey team.
Prior to joining the CSI team, Melissa worked as a sport physiologist and lab manager for 6 years at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. Through her role at CSI Pacific, she has worked predominantly as the lead physiologist and innovation & research lead for Wheelchair Rugby Canada. She has also provided physiological testing support for numerous provincial and national Olympic and Paralympic athletes along with strength and conditioning support for Softball Canada for the past two years.
Human Performance International
Dr. Sinclair works with the U19 High-Performance Program and Ontario Ski Team athletes. She is a world-renowned sports psychologist AOA is extremely lucky to work with. Her credentials include Ph.D. (Ott.), Ph.D. (Cantab.), R. Psych., C. Psych. Partner and Performance Psychologist. James Sleeth M.A. (Miami) Partner and Managing Director
Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach
Active Life Fitness