Jr. Male Athlete of the Year

by Cross Country Nova Scotia Staff, July 2, 2020

Cross Country Nova Scotia is pleased to announce Halifax Nordic Ski Club’s Ogen Newcomb as the recipient of the 2020 Support4Sport Junior Male Athlete of the Year Award.  The CCNS high performance committee defines the recipient as the ski team member with the highest point standing on the Canada Points List.

Newcomb is a member of Halifax Nordic Ski Club, which offers six groomed trail systems – including snowmaking at The Links at Brunello. He participates in Halifax Nordic programming with support from club coaches.  Newcomb also trains year-round as a member of the provincial team, including travelling to training camps and ski competitions with team-mates and head coach, Daniel Murray of North Highlands Nordic.

Training Gains

“Ogen made dramatic improvements in his training this year, and continues to be an enthusiastic contributor to the ski team atmosphere,” advised coach Murray.  During the past season, Newcomb competed in races held in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Quebec.  Attending races out-of-province offers athletes the chance to compete against highly skilled skiers, embrace the challenge of unfamiliar courses, and contribute positively to the provincial team environment.  

Ogen competed at the Eastern Canadian Championships, part of the NORAM Cup national points series race.  He came 28th out of 63.  Ogen managed the result despite very limited access to adequate snow for training.  His performance reflects a savvy ability to be resourceful and to persevere.


Then and Now

Ogen is photographed below after winning gold at the 2017 Nova Scotia Provincial Championships.  It is with great pride that we observe enthusiastic young skiers develop a passion for our sport and thrive within the cross-country ski community.  Club programs are inclusive of all skiing abilities and welcome new participants to every age group.  Program members demonstrating an aptitude for the sport are recommended by their club coach to the provincial team for consideration.

Newcomb won gold at the 2017 NS Provincial Championships.

Ogen receiving gold at the 2020 NS Provincial Championships.

Life Lessons

Provincial team athletes are excellent ambassadors for the Nova Scotia cross-country ski community, as demonstrated at the 2020 provincial championships. Athletes learn many valuable lifelong skills through their experiences on the team.

We’re proud of all our athletes and volunteers demonstrating excellence in our sport. Take a peek at our historic recipients.

Historic Volunteer Award Recipients

On behalf of Support4Sport, the CCNS board of executives and the Nova Scotia cross-country ski community, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to you, Ogen.  Wishing you all the best during your upcoming season on the provincial team.


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