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Athlete Profile: Robbie Anderson

Photo Credit: World of O

Photo Credit: World of O

Born 1988
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Gothenburg, Sweden
Club Ottawa OC / Göteborg-Majorna OK
Occupation PhD Student
Training log Attackpoint

Which of your 2015 results are you most proud of and why?

Not much to be proud of. Happy to have gotten myself back in to reasonable shape for WOC.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2016?

Jukola

Where is your favorite place to orienteer in Canada?

Yukon (Long lake)

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

London city race

What do you like to do when you aren’t orienteering? Tell us about one or more of your hobbies/activities.

Music and guitar have taken up more and more time this year.

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

To do some non-orienteering related travel :)

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

That’s like asking for a favourite child ;)

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

I do this and that for the club here. Mostly the jobs for “utlänningar”. Competition setup, IT, standing around etc. I do a bit of course-setting and coaching here but did a lot more of that back in Ottawa.

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

Visualization is a powerful tool that I’ve used since I was young. I’d like to try and be more structured and effective with it though and learn to combine it with meditation.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

My favourite physical training is hills. Long 3-4min intervals up a single climb. My favourite technical trainings are usually orienteering intervals.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, gps watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites.

I was a big Catching Features geek. A very effective and fun way of improving fast map reading skills.

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Robbie is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2016 High Performance Program

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