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Athlete Profile: Emily Kemp

Photo by Attackpoint (Ken Walker).

Born 1992
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Turku, Finland
Club Ottawa OC, Angelniemen Ankkuri
Occupation Student
Training log Link
Twitter @ekkempy
Blog La Petite Canadienne
Personal Sponsors Bikeray

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Reaching the top 6 at the World Championships is something that I have dreamed of for years and so actually having it come true was incredible.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I’m looking forward to the World Cup races in Finland since they’ll feel like being on home ground.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

There are many places in Norway where I would like to orienteer but haven’t gotten a chance yet.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

If you had told me ten years ago that I would be learning my fourth language (English, French, Swedish, Finnish) by now I definitely wouldn’t have believed you.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

To start writing my Master’s thesis.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Routine through the control circle for a confident entry and a clean exit.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I help out when Angelniemen Ankkuri puts on races (about twice per year) usually working in the café.

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

I use visualization of the right techniques that I want to do during races. This year I spent a lot of time working on how to react when I see a TV control or photographers so that I can accept them during a race and refocus on my orienteering.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

I love to run mass start night orienteering races with forking. Already it takes high concentration to navigate well at night and then there’s the added pressure from the other runners and forkings. I find it so thrilling and also a great way to find weaknesses in my technique.

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Emily is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

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