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Athlete Profile: Emily Kemp

Photo by World of O.

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 Trimtex, Inov8, Str8, M TIGER SPORTS

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

I would love to get to the NAOC’s and COC’s in the Yukon! The last time I was there was when I was 12 years old but even then, I have wonderful memories of the terrain as well as the nature.

When did you start orienteering?

I was 8 yrs old and my dad just happened to stumble on a brochure from the Ottawa Orienteering Club. We went to our first B-meet and I’ve been orienteering ever since!

What is your best orienteering memory?

A favourite memory is from a middle distance race I ran in Poland while preparing for JWOC 2011. I had been sick for most of the training camp and therefore didn’t have very high expectations; I was just going to go out and see what I could do. I ended up catching the runner starting ahead of me. She stuck with me and the speed increased as we were head-to-head racing through the fast Polish terrain. I can remember pushing myself physically, past where I believed my own limits were, while still keeping good control on my navigation. It was the perfect combination to bring me into the finish first and with a wonderful feeling that that was how orienteering was supposed to be “played”.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

I really love running those big relays like Tiomila and Jukola. I’ve run in both the women’s and men’s relay and the thrill of orienteering amongst hundreds of other runners is a real adrenaline rush. The fact that I’m running for a team also brings that little bit of extra concentration and willingness to dig deep.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

One day, Thierry Gueorgiou sat me down and told me that in order to become a top athlete, the choices I made in my everyday life should be done with that goal in mind. It helped me to mold my external environment (studies, social life) as well as my own behaviour (nutrition, sleep, recovery) into the athlete that I am today.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

As a fellow competitor, Tove Alexandersson is definitely an inspiration for the way that she can compete at a very high level all year round and especially when the pressure is at its greatest.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

I will finally (!!!) finish my Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry!

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Emily is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

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