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Athlete Profile: Kerstin Burnett


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!


2 comments to Athlete Profile: Kerstin Burnett

  • […] see the athletes multiple times to either observe their technique or to debrief. Here you can see Kerstin Burnett visualizing her successful execution of the first couple of controls before heading out to do the […]

  • Kerstin,
    Way to go for your first JWOC!
    Can you talk to Emily Kemp to help her with the JWOC presentation at junior camp. It will be awesome for all the other kids to meet you.

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