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Athlete Profile: Jennifer MacKeigan

Jennifer MacKeigan Picture 1

Born 1993
Hometown Rawdon, NS
Currently living Whitehorse, Yukon
Clubs Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Shoe manager and buyer
Training log Attackpoint


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

I didn’t have any outstanding races this season.

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

I am really excited for NAOC this year because last time I attended I had an amazing time racing and getting to know the orienteers from the U.S.

Where is your favourite place to orienteer in Canada?

I don’t have a favorite but a few memorable ones are racing at Hopewell Rocks in NB, Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver and Lewes Lake in Whitehorse.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

I have always wanted to go to O-Ringen, Jukola and 5-days Istanbul.

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

I love to ski (any type), play soccer, running and board games

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

I am trying to become a certified tech on skis

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

I really like middle distance because of how technically challenging it is and I like running a middle distance.

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

This previous season I wasn’t that involved besides racing and training. This year I am planning on helping with the junior program.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Listen to what your coach is trying to explain. They are explaining it to you for a reason

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

I really like Dice-O. Any one can win! You have 2 dice and you roll and whatever numbers you roll those are the controls you go to even if you roll a number more then once you still have to go to it. The person that wins is the one who gets all the controls first.


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

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