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Athlete Profile: Jennifer MacKeigan

Born 1993
Hometown Rawdon, NS
Currently living Whitehorse, Yukon
Clubs Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Footwear buyer and ski tech
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

This year I went to Jukola with team Yukon and that was such an eye opener for how popular the sport is in Europe.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I am really excited for a 20km midnight race in Greenland

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

O-Ringen, I still haven’t been and really want to go.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I don’t have seasonal awareness when it comes to hiking or adventures.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

I want to be able to rock climb a 5.10 route clean.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

I am horrible at precision compass bearings.

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

Last year I helped coach the Junior program in Whitehorse and I am also on the HPP committee.

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

In the past I have done map memory. You look at a leg for ten seconds and then you have to tell your partner your route, attackpoint, catching feature and control feature all from memory.

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.

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Jennifer is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program.

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