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2010 World Masters Orienteering Championships

Because athletes register directly for the World Masters Orienteering Championships, the Canadian Orienteering Federation doesn’t know which Canadians are competing there. Please let us know if you are competing in Switzerland or if you know of club-mates who are at the WMOC this year so we can follow along (leave a note in the comments section below)…
Here’s news from the IOF web site:
More than 4100 World Masters compete in Switzerland
The World Masters Orienteering Championships kick off in Pays de Neuchâtel, Switzerland on Saturday. The event will be huge: more than 4100 participants run in the championships classes, and some 400 in open classes. For example, anyone aiming to win M60 will first have to beat 445 competitors! But the competitions are not only attracting a big number of participants, they are also introducing a new class: M95. Erkki Luntamo, Finland, will turn 96 in November and is looking forward to winning his 13th gold medal at the World Masters Orienteering Championships before that.
Stair running and Swiss Jura
World Masters Championships Sprint distance will take place in an urban environment with small parks and narrow streets in the old town of Neuchâtel. To be able to master the old town terrain, the participants were encouraged to train running stairs before the sprint final. Long distance final takes place in a terrain used for the 1981 World Orienteering Championships. The terrain, called ”the best of Swiss Jura”, contains many contour details and requires good concentration throughout the course.
For more information on the events, please visit the organisers’ website.
Results from the World Masters Orienteering Championships will be published on the IOF homepage .

World University Orienteering Championships underway

The World University Orienteering Championships are underway in Borlange, Sweden. Representing Canada are:

Carol Ross
Jeff Teutsch
Will Critchley
Eric Kemp
Robbie Anderson
Magnus Johansson – coach and team leader

The competition schedule is:
Tuesday – long distance (results)
Wednesday – sprint distance (results)
Thursday – middle distance (results)
Friday – relay (results)

Find out the latest at the event website. And be sure to check out the Team Canada blog for news from the team.

Looking for donations for the silent auction at the COCs

One of the main fundraisers for the COF’s High Performance Program is the silent auction that is held in conjunction with the banquet at the Canadian Orienteering Championships. Members of the high performance program will be donating items, but we also appreciate donations from the canadian orienteering community. Here are a few ideas:

  • Are you a crafter – can you donate something like a pair of home-made mittens or a hat?
  • Are you a foodie – can you donate a jar of home-made jam or a batch of cookies?
  • Do you have a  cabin that you could donate a gift certificate for a weekend or a week’s stay at?
  • Are you an artist – do you have a sketch of an orienteering scene, or a great photograph that you could put in a frame?
  • Could your club donate an entry to an upcoming event?
  • Could you ask your local running/sport store to donate an item?

If you have an item to donate, you can bring it with you to Ottawa or send it along with someone who is attending. Or contact Carol Ross at carol.ross AT gmail DOT com to make other arrangements. Or if you have any questions.

Your support is much appreciated… And if you are coming to the COCs, please bid generously!

Junior World Orienteering Championships relay results

Team Canada wrapped up their week at the Junior World Orienteering Championships. The relay teams include 3 athletes and the JWOC organizers are always good about putting together teams from various countries when there aren’t enough athletes from one country to make up a team. So, Damian Konotopetz, Colin Abbott and Graeme Rennie made up a CANADA team. Lee Hawkings was on a team with two German athletes and Emily Ross and Emily Kemp were on a team with an athlete from Hong Kong. Damian, Colin and Graeme finished 22nd out of the 28 countries taking part. Emily Kemp ran the first leg for her team and finished her leg in 7th place.

Congratulations to Damian, Colin, Graeme, Lee, Emily and Emily for representing Canada so well at the 2010 Junior World Orienteering Championships. And also a very special thanks to Jeff Teutsch as assistant team leader and Randy Kemp as team leader.

Athlete Profile: Wil Smith

Age 37
Hometown Waterside, NB
Currently living Nobel, ON
Club Falcons
Occupation Physician

How long ago did you start orienteering? 20 years ago

How many WOC’s have you been to? Germany 1995, Norway 1997, Scotland 1999, Finland 2001, Switzerland 2003, Sweden 2004, Japan 2005, Denmark 2006, Ukraine 2007, Czech 2008, Norway 2010

What are your goals this season? It’s a building (house, family) and rebuilding (orienteering) year so I’ll be happy to make a reasonable showing at North American and Canadian Championships, and to start feeling strong and confident in the forest again.

What keeps you motivated to train for the sport? I enjoy the feeling I get when I can stand on the starting line and honestly feel like I can do a top performance on that day.

What is your favourite event? Favorite discipline is middle distance (love the technical aspects), and favorite events are World Championships (often the only times when the maps are so nearly perfect that you can trust them fully and implicitly).

Do you have a pre-race ritual? Not really. If I can manage to get to the start on time and will all the necessary gear, that’s enough.

What’s your best orienteering memory? Cheering my head off in Japan when my sister Sandy raced to an amazing top-10 result at the World Championships.

JWOC 2010 middle final results

Here’s the round-up of the Canadian results of the middle final in Denmark – which includes a STELLAR result for Ottawa’s Emily Kemp.

In the women’s A final, Emily Kemp finished in 13th place, just 2 minutes out of the bronze medal position. Emily Ross was 51st in the B final.

Damian Konotopetz who just missed qualifying for the A final, finished 14th in the B final. Colin Abbott finished 20th and Graeme Rennie finished 34th, all in the B final.Lee Hawkings was 12th in the C final.

Next up – the relay on Saturday

Our best guess is that Emily’s 13th place is a best ever result for a Canadian athlete at JWOC. Any JWOC history buffs out there can let us know if this is the case.

Full details are on the JWOC web site.

Junior World Orienteering Championships – middle distance qualification results

The middle distance qualification race at the Junior World Orienteering Championships was held on Thursday July 8. This race determines which final (A, B or C) the athletes will start on Friday for the middle distance final. A special shout out to Damian Konotopetz who finished 21 in his heat and to Emily Kemp who finished 8th. GO Canada GO!

Heat one: Graeme Rennie 40 of 53 in heat
Heat two: Lee Hawkings 44 of 53 in heat
Heat three; Damian Konotopetz 21 of 52 in heat and Colin Abbott 40 of 52 in heat
Heat one: Emily Kemp 8 of 42 in heat
Heat three: Emily Ross 35 of 41 on heat

Full details and results at

2010 senior national orienteering team

top row from left: Wil Smith, Jon Torrance, Mike Smith, Nick Duca
middle row from left: Louise Oram, Patrick Goeres, Carol Ross
bottom row: Magnus Johansson (national team coach and team leader)
missing: Sandy Hott, Will Critchley

2010 national senior orienteering team announced

The final composition of the 2010 senior orienteering team has been announced by national team coach, Magnus Johansson. These athletes will be competing at the World Orienteering Championships in Norway in August.

Congratulations to the team!

Sprint: Will Critchley, Patrick Goeres, Jon Torrance
Middle: Patrick Goeres, Mike Smith, Wil Smith
Long: Nick Duca, Patrick Goeres, Mike Smith
Relay: Team to be decided at WOC

Sprint: Louise Oram, Carol Ross
Middle: Louise Oram, Carol Ross, Sandy Hott
Long: Louise Oram, Carol Ross, Sandy Hott
Relay: Running order to be decided at WOC

Team Leader: Magnus Johansson

Junior World Championships – long results

The long distance race was Tuesday July 6th at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Denmark. Here are the Canadian results:
Damian Konotopetz 90th
Colin Abbott 97th
Graeme Rennie 98th
Lee Hawkings 117th
156 men competed in the race
Emily Kemp 42nd
Emily Ross 104th
122 women competed in the race

Thursday is the middle qualification race with the middle distance final on Friday. The team has posted pictures on the Team Canada blog. Be sure to check out the photos and leave a good luck message for the team.