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Season's Greeting from the COF

Selection process for the 2011 World Ski Orienteering Championships

The details for selection to the Canadian team to compete at the 2011 World Ski Orienteering Championships March 20 – 28 in Sweden are available here. The application deadline in December 29, 2010.

The Ski-Orienteering World Championships consists of the following races: Sprint distance, middle distance, sprint (mixed) relay, long distance and traditional relay.

The event organizers and the IOF would like to increase the number of countries participating at the World Championships in Ski Orienteering. Consequently, Canada has been offered free entry for 2 men and 2 women plus one team official. The organizers are also willing to provide free accommodation in Tänndalen for those 5 individuals. The athletes and team officials would be responsible for all costs related to the trip, such as travel, food, domestic travel, uniform. There are basic cooking facilities at the accommodation to help to keep the costs down. Canada can enter up to 7 men and 7 women.

Applications for the 2011 High Performance Program Due Dec 31

December 31, 2010 is the application deadline for the 2011 High Performance Program (HPP). The HPP is a support system for athletes who show potential to represent Canada at Junior World Championships and World Championships in 2011 and beyond.

The details of the 2011 High Performance Program, including the application process are outlined in the Athlete Handbook. The handbook also includes information regarding the selection for the 2011 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Poland in July and the World Orienteering Championships in France in August. Anyone wishing to compete at the Junior World Orienteering Championships must be an HPP member. And anyone wishing to compete at the World Championships is encourage to become a member of the HPP.

There are some exciting new initiatives detailed in the 2011 Handbook:

  • Rising Stars Award – $1500 each to be awarded to two HPP athletes who show great orienteering potential and financial need.
  • Exclusive HPP training camp in Hamilton over Easter.
  • Exclusive HPP and Team training in Whitehorse after the COCs.
  • Yukon Training Centre for HPP athletes, all summer!

There were  24 athletes HPP members in 2010. More HPP info is available at www.orienteering.ca/team-canada/high-performance. Thanks to the Kootenay, Greater Vancouver and Golden Horseshoe Orienteering Clubs for provided discounted or free entries to HPP members at the North Americans, Barebones, and the Golden Leaf Orienteering Festival. We hope to be able to provide discounted event entries to athletes in 2011. Contact the COF if your club would be willing to provide discounted or free entries.