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Athlete Profile: Emily Ross


Born 1992
Hometown Moncton, NB
Currently living Squamish, BC
Club ONB Falcons and GVOC
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
I was quite happy with my middle qualification race at JWOC. I was only a few minutes back from qualifying for the final and successfully followed my race plan. I also really enjoyed my middle race at the COCs where I came second.

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
Getting to represent Canada at three JWOCs is definitely up there!

What is your first orienteering memory?
My dad used to take me out orienteering in a backpack, but I don’t remember. I do remember the first time I went out on a course by myself. I didn’t remember to orient my map and the first control was a complete disaster (30 minutes down a wrong trail…). Despite that rough start, I still love orienteering!

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
This past JWOC in Slovakia, I got to run on the men’s relay team (which was an adventure in itself).  I was one of the few people left in the start before I left on my final leg. After the race, one of the other racers was in the start area, a runner from Portugal, came up to me and told me he was sorry he didn’t say hello during the relay warm-up, but that he thought I was really beautiful!

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
I have some very fond experiences of orienteering in Portugal!

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
I’d like to go the orienteering event in Istanbul because I’ve heard great things about it. Or I’d like to go on that orienteering cruise in the Caribbean!

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share
I’m in my last year of university!

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Simone Niggli-Luder. Her achievements in orienteering are so impressive!

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
My schedule is tentative because I don’t know what I’m doing once I graduate, but I’d love to go to the US Team Trials in May. The Vancouver Sprint Camp is always a great weekend too.

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
I run and bike to train for orienteering, but I also really enjoy playing squash.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Bananas with peanut butter.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I love to bake and have a black belt in taekwondo


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