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Athlete Profile: Darius Konotopetz

 

Born 1986
Hometown Winnipeg, MB
Currently living Bangkok, Thailand
Club Coureurs de Bois
Occupation Physical Education Teacher
Training log Attackpoint
Personal sponsors Sport Manitoba, Manitoba Orienteering Association, Coureurs de Bois

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
3rd place in the Western Canadian Orienteering Championships Sprint

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
Competing in the 2005 and 2006 Junior World Orienteering Championships
2nd in the 2000 North American Orienteering Championships

What is your first orienteering memory?
Orienteering with my parents as a youngster

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
Running the 2006 JWOC sprint in the old town of Druskininkia, Lithuania

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
South Africa, because it’s exotic and one of the only places orienteering is active in Africa

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share
Placing 2nd in my age group (13th overall) in the 2012 Laguna Phuket International Marathon (Thailand)

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Thierry Gueorgiou, because he is the ultimate champion

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
TBD

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Running, inline skating, hockey

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Cliff bar, Gatorade, and water

 

Reminder: Rising Stars Award Deadline Feb 28

The Rising Stars Award has been established by the COF’s High Performance Committee to support Canada’s most promising young orienteers in their quest for top international results. In 2011 there will be two awards granted of $1500 each, to one male and one female athlete. The purpose of the award is to support Canada’s most promising young orienteers. Applicants must be members of the 2011 High Performance Program.  All the application info is in the 2011 Athlete Handbook. A copy of your application must be sent by email by Feb 28th and a copy must be sent by mail postmarked by Feb 28.

Athlete Profile: Molly Kemp

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Born 1994
Hometown Ottawa
Currently living Toronto
Club Ottawa OC
Occupation student
Training log Attackpoint

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
Making the A-final in the middle distance at JWOC in Slovakia.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Europe.

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share:
Graduated from High School.

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
West Point A-meet, USA Championships.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Peanut butter on anything.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I’m a vegetarian of almost 5 years.

 

 

Introducing the Canada Cup

The COF is pleased to announce the Canada Cup. There are 3 components to this exciting initiative.

“A meets” are now called Canada Cups

After lots of discussion, we feel that it’s a good time to change the name “A meet” to “Canada Cup”. We’re doing this for a few reasons:

  • “Canada Cup” is a more descriptive and publicly-familiar name.
  • A nation-wide Canada Cup series will provide increased visibility and marketing for our top quality events.
  • Nation-wide programs can be built on and around the Canada Cup series to encourage participation and skills development at all ages and levels. The Canada Cup Elite Series and the Canada Cup Challenge are two such programs under development.
  • Organizers will, hopefully, be excited to organize Canada Cup events – perhaps as one race of a multi-race weekend, providing more high quality racing opportunities for all Canadian orienteers.
  • The rebranding to Canada Cup is more attractive to sponsors.
  • We’re completely revamping the officials’ program so it’s a ideal time to introduce this change.
  • We’re going to change the name of B meets and C meets too – still working on the exact names.

What does this change mean for orienteering clubs?

  • We’ve updated the sanction form
  • Canada Cup events will be clearly listed on the COF schedule.
  • Clubs don’t need to change the way they name the event (eg Sage Stomp, Blue Nose Classic, GLOF, Barebones, etc) but in your event promo you’ll want to indicate that your event includes one or more Canada Cup races.
  • In a multi-race event it is not necessary for all races to be Canada Cup events.

Canada Cup Elite Series

The Canada Cup Elite Series is a yearly-point scoring competition for the W21 and M21 elite categories. It is targeted at the Training To Win stage of the COF’s Long Term Athlete Development Model. Runners score points for themselves and their clubs by placing well in the M21/W21 categories. Points are accumulated over the season and individual and club awards are presented at the end of the year. All Canada Cup races count toward the Elite Series standings, with bonus points for Canadian Championship races. You can find all the details of the Canada Cup Elite Series here.

What does this mean for event organizers?

  • The event organizers will need to submit the race results in a timely manner after the event, so that the scoring guru can get to work tabulating the points and update the COF website with the latest standings.

Canada Cup Challenge

The Canada Cup Challenge will be a scoring system that we’ll apply to all age categories. We haven’t ironed out all the details but we are working to create a system that will be meaningful and motivating to the widest range of orienteers, taking into account the Long Term Athlete Development plan currently under development. Stay tuned… as we’ll be launching this in the spring.

Athlete Profile: Sebastian Danciu


Born 1994
Hometown Toronto, ON
Currently living Toronto, ON
Club Toronto Orienteering Club and Waterloo Stars
Occupation Student and Ski instructor

How long ago did you start orienteering? 5 years ago

What are your goals for the 2011 season? To go to many orienteering events and improve my navigation skills.

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Athlete Profile: Adela Danciu


Born 1993
Hometown Toronto, ON
Currently living Toronto, ON
Club Toronto Orienteering Club and Waterloo Stars
Occupation Student and Ski instructor

How long ago did you start orienteering? 3 years ago

What are your goals for the 2011 season? I want to increase my training and improve my navigational skills.

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Athlete Profile: Trevor Bray

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Born 1995
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Ottawa, ON
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

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

Fishbones/COC races

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

NAOC and COC

Where is your favourite place to orienteer in Canada?

A tie between Ottawa and Whitehorse

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Jukola, 10mila, Nighthawk and the Scottish 6 day

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

When I’m not orienteering or doing school work you can usually find me hanging out or going on adventures with some friends!

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

Finish up my third year of my degree at university

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

Probably the middle distance because it is the most challenging and rewarding of all the disciplines.

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

I have done coaching back in Whitehorse as well as some coaching in the Sass Peepre Camp

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Don’t overcomplicate things. Simplicity is key to having a calm and smooth race.

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

I do lots of mental training exercises including relaxation sessions, map studying and focusing exercises

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

 

 

 

Athlete Profile: Alexander Bergström

Born 1995
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Ottawa, ON
Club Orienteering Ottawa
Occupation  Tree marker
 Training log  Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

The North American Champs races in the Yukon. The NAOC’s are always great races, and I have always wanted to orienteer in the Yukon.

When did you start orienteering?

I was carried around beginner courses by my parents soon after I was born, but I started orienteering by myself when I was about eight years old.

What is your best orienteering memory?

O-Ringen in 2008. It was the first real big orienteering race I had been to and was an amazing experience to see so many orienteers in one place.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

Night-O races. Orienteering is fun, but it’s more fun in the dark.

What’s the best orienteering advice you’re received?

Read the map

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

Gustav Bergman

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

Do a XC ski race. Build a shed. Try some other sports.

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Alexander is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Kerstin Burnett

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Born 1992
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Whitehorse, Yukon
Club YOA
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint
Twitter @yukonkerstin

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.

  • 4 medals at NAOC: bronze in middle, silver in long, gold in sprint and relay
  • 32nd of 60 at JWOC Middle B final
  • 100th of 139 at JWOC Long (It may not sound like a spectacular result but I was very happy with it, and I had a good race that day)

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
-WCOC 2011: 1st in sprint
-WCOC 2012: 1st in Sprint, 2nd in Middle, 3rd in Long
-my 4 medals at NAOC 2012 in PA

What is your first orienteering memory?
I remember when my parents used to shadow me, and once my dad suggested that I could try running with a buddy my age instead, like Justine Scheck and Emily Nishikawa did. They were a few years older than me, which seemed like eons back then. I remember being terrified to run without an adult like the “big girls.”

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
One of my favourite orienteering experiences was attending the HPP training camp in Canmore in spring 2012. After spending the winter in Victoria, it was invigorating to be training in runnable forest. I always love training camps – getting to live and breathe orienteering for a few days and leave behind everything else. This camp was particularly effective due to the high level of orienteers I got to train with, and the high level of tailored coaching.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
The karst terrain in Slovakia – I had so much fun at the JWOC trainings and competitions on the maps covered in little round depressions. It was technically difficult, but with lots of beautiful open forest.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
I would (and will!) go to Sweden for the challenge of the flat, but highly detailed maps.

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share
Named YOA’s “Sportsperson of the Year” for 2012
Received a scholarship from the University of Victoria for academic excellence

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
Lots! Some big ones include: Danish Spring, 10Mila, Venla, Nordic O-Tour, WOC public races, and O-Ringen

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
None that I am too serious about, but I enjoy skiing, volleyball, basketball, and I have just discovered that I like ultimate Frisbee.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Cereal and milk, with banana and almonds.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I was attending the University of Victoria, but since I still have not decided what to study, I’ll be taking spring semester off to go train in Spain and Sweden!

 

Athlete Profile: Tori Owen

Born 1991
Hometown Calgary, AB
Currently living Calgary, AB
Club Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club
Occupation ICU Nurse
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

I am really excited to head back up to the Yukon for NAOC and COCs 2018. Such a magical place!

When did you start orienteering?

I think we have a photo of me as a baby playing with my Mum’s map, so on and off most of my life.

What is your best orienteering memory?

I really like the community that is involved in almost every orienteering meet I go to. Whether it is a local meet or an international competition. Orienteers are such a neat enthusiastic group of people!

What is your fabourite type of orienteering event and why? 

I think we all live for that perfect middle or long race where the map is making sense and you’re reading ahead and it feels like you’re flying.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

If you start to be even a little unsure where you are, slow down. Seems obvious, but I think we have all been guilty of ignoring the little voice in our head!

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

I am hoping to start my master’s degree in the fall.

Tori is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program.