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Athlete Profile: Will Critchley

Born 1984
Hometown Edmonton, AB
Currently living Jyväskylä, Finland
Club Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club
Training Log Private log on Strava
Twitter @I_Will_Perform

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I’m thinking of doing the ultimate class at the OO Cup in Slovenia this year. Same difficulty, no trails on the map.

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

Probably the WOC Long 2015 in Scotland.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Probably the most essential map to try in Canada is the Morningside, around an hour south of Edmonton.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Preparing for an important race should really be no different than preparing for an unimportant race. If you prepare for an important race like it is an important race, then you’re not behaving as you race the vast majority of the year. How many important races are there in a year? 2? 3? When do you practice your preparation for a major race? In the unimportant races. A person’s system shouldn’t change just because of the gravity of the situation, it may feel different, but the best athletes are the ones that can perform at the same level whether it’s the Alberta Championships or the World Championships.

So, in summary, I prepare for an important race the same way I do an unimportant race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I ski a lot, I also teach sport psychology to aspiring young hockey stars. Also, I just collected all 121 in Super Mario Galaxy, so there’s that.


Will is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

5 comments to Athlete Profile: Will Critchley

  • Kim K.

    Good luck in Sweden Will! Hope you create some great memories.

  • Tom De Vries

    Hi Will! I still remember seeing you out orienteering when you were a “youngen”. Great to read about your determination and your drive to do your best. I hope the competitions are an excellent learning experience, and I hope you DO have fun too!

  • sherry

    hey Will, we’re all proud to have you there. keep moving like the antelope you are!

  • Kim K

    Congratulations on again being selected to the national team! You do like the extremes (sprintg and long events)! Bon chance!

  • James Richardson

    GO WILL GO! Canada is behind you all the way!