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Athlete Profile: Will Critchley

Born 1984
Hometown Edmonton, AB
Currently living Jyväskylä, Finland
Club Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club,  Vaajakosken Terä
Intellectual Property Manager, Sport Psychology Consultant
Training Log Attackpoint
Twitter @I_Will_Perform

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

I think the North American Championships in Whitehorse will be, like last time, a pretty great week. I’ve personally recommended it to every European I know.

What is your best orienteering memory?

I probably most fondly remember my race in China in 2012, in a [relatively] small town outside of Chongqing. Any race when you turn over the map and just respond with “what the…?” means you’re in for a world of adventure.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

I like shorts, and longs. I still think that sprints are where you will most often have those memorable “place” experiences – getting to do a unique activity in a unique place that few people might ever get the chance to do. But those epically long races are the ones that you remember for the entire experience – battling through the pain, overcoming mental obstacles, remembering the fight. At the time it may hurt a lot, but when you look back on what you persisted through, it can’t have been any other way. So they’re both great in their own right.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

What I would really like for 2018 is a goal outside of orienteering.


Will is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 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!