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JWOC 2011 now underway

The 2011 Junior World Orienteering Championships get underway this weekend in Wejherowo, Poland.

TEAM CANADA 2011 includes:

The team has been in Poland for the last week getting in some good training. Visit the TEAM CANADA blog at: to read the latest news from the team.

The JWOC ( competition schedule:

  • 3.07.2011 – Sunday – Sprint 14:00
  • 4.07.2011 – Monday – Long 9:00
  • 6.07.2011 – Wednesday – Middle Qualification 10:00
  • 7.07.2011 – Thursday – Middle Final 10:00
  • 8.07.2011 – Friday – Relay 10:00, closing ceremony 19:00

How can you support the team?

  • Leave your good wishes in the comment section on their profile pages on the COF web site (follow the links on the list above)
  • Visit the team on the TEAM CANADA blog and leave your message in the comments section

Have your say in Canada's Sport Policy

All Canadian are invited to share their thoughts on the next version of Canada’s Sport Policy. Now is the time for interested Canadians and sport communities to contribute and to help build a sport policy that reflects the sport they want in Canada. The vision embraced by the policy will lay the foundation upon which we will focus our efforts over the next ten years to improve sport in Canada.

You can find more information and a link to the survey here.

Canada Cup Challenge Survey

Canadian orienteers – please take a moment to fill out a quick survey regarding the Canada Cup Challenge. We are keen to get your feedback. The survey involves reading a description of the Canada Cup Challenge and telling if if you like the idea or not. That’s all there is to it!

Team Announced for 2011 World Championships

Here is the Canadian National Team selected for the 2011 World Orienteering Championships in France. The team was selected by Magnus Johansson, Pam James and Brent Langbakk.

Women: Carol Ross, Emily Kemp, Louise Oram
Men: Damian Konotopetz, Mike Smith, Patrick Goeres, Robbie Anderson, Will Critchley, Wil Smith

How the Canadian WOC team is selected
The Canadian World Champs team is selected using a discretionary process. National Team Coach Magnus Johansson, with assistance from a small committee (comprised of Brent Langbakk and Pam James in 2011) selects the team using a combination of factors, which may include: results in priority races which are identified in advance; training consistency and quality; recent performances and experience at WOC and other major events; the opportunity to provide experience for younger athletes with potential for future success; and a demonstrated positive progression throughout the season.

The depth and strength of elite orienteering in Canada is growing and this means that inevitably there will be good orienteers who are not selected to the team. It is a mixed blessing, but it is this competition for places on the team that will continue to drive elite orienteering to new levels in Canada.

Race allocation
The team members have been allocated to the following races:
Sprint: Patrick G, Robbie A, Will C / Alternate: Damian K
Middle: Patrick G, Robbie A, Wil S / Alternate: Damian K
Long: Damian K, Will C, Wil S / Alternate: Robbie A
Relay: Mike S + two more to be decided later

Sprint: Carol R, Emily K, Louise O
Middle: Carol R, Emily K, Louise O
Long: Carol R, Louise O
Relay: Running order to be decided at WOC

Congratulations to all participants and good luck in your training and preparation for the World Orienteering Championships!

Any athlete who wishes, for any reason, to decline his/her position on the team, needs to contact Magnus ASAP.

Appeals can be submitted up to 5 days after this announcement has been made. The Appeal policy is here.

Magnus Johansson
National Team Coach

2011 COF Conference

The COF conference is organized by the COF Board of Directors and held in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships. It’s an ideal opportunity to bring Canadian orienteers together to share information and to learn from interesting, topical speakers. It’s also a great time to learn about and get involved with the priorities and projects of the COF and to provide your ideas and feedback. Ideas for future conference topics are always welcome.

2011 Conference Details
July 17 – 22, 2011
Sessions will be in and around Whitehorse, Yukon
No registration is required. Just show up!

SESSION A / MEET-UP: Junior programming
Sunday July 17
4:00 – 5:00 pm, prior to the potluck at Shipyards park in Whitehorse.
Location: Outside at Shipyards Park. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.
Facilitator: Jim Webster
This is an informal session for those who are involved with junior programming in your club/associations. Come share your ideas and successes and let’s discuss areas where we can work better together.

SESSION B / From the 2011 national junior team
Tuesday July 19
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Location:  where the Sass Peepre Camp is being held: Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre, Whitehorse
Join members of the 2011 national junior orienteering team as they recount their races and experiences at the 2011 world championships in Poland in early July. We will be holding this session in conjunction with the Sass Peepre junior camp. All are welcome to attend.

SESSION C / The mini-conference – Come to a few sessions, or come to them all.
Wednesday July 20
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Yukon College Room: Rm A2206 in the Academic wing. Parking in the Student Parking Lot and follow the signs.
1:00 – 1:30 – Course setting essentials – what are the absolute most important things you need to know when setting sprint, middle and long courses. (Presenter: Adrian Zissos)
>Adrian’s presentation
>David May’s presentation that Adrian refers to
1:40 – 2:00 – The High Performance Training Centre Concept – hear about the 2011 High Performance Training Centre that’s been going on in Whitehorse this spring and summer. Where else in Canada can we do this in future years? Come learn more and share your ideas. (Presenter: Brent Langbakk)
>Brent’s presentation
2: 10 – 2:40 – Our orienteering specific Long Term Athlete Development model is ready to launch. Yeah! Come and learn about this great new resource and let’s talk about the next steps. (Presenter: Bill Anderson)
>Bill’s presentation
>Bill refers to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) poster
2:50 – 3:20 – The Arena Concept – what does that mean exactly? How can you incorporate the arena concept it into your club’s events – big and small. (Presenter: Magnus Johansson)
>Magnus’ presentation
3:30 – 4:00 – It’s been a busy and exciting year for the COF. Please join us for this COF update on our current and future priorities. Learn how the work of the COF benefits your club (Presenter: Charlotte MacNaughton)
>Charlotte’s presentation

Join us Wednesday evening at the sprint relay HPP fundraiser in Whitehorse.

SESSION D / MEET-UP: Calling all O-techies!
Thursday July 21
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Meet at Baked – the coffee shop on east end Main Street
Facilitator: Adrian Zissos
Drag yourself away from your laptop for an hour, and join us for this informal session for those who are developing/using orienteering software, web site templates, event software. Here’s an opportunity to share what you are working on and talk about the various projects under development.

SESSION E / PAINTING-O: Following in the footsteps of the Group of Seven
Thursday July 21
7:30 – 9:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Presenters: Jim and Sue Waddington
Location: High Country Inn, Whitehorse – 4051-4th Avenue – in the ballroom
Entry by donation (to the Canadian Orienteering Federation)

Sue and Jim Waddington, lifelong orienteers from Ontario, have tried to locate some of the places that inspired the Group of Seven painters. They particularly like to search for sites that can only be reached by canoe and on foot. The talk will compare photographs of some of the 180 painting sites they have found with the corresponding artwork. They will discuss how they find the painting sites and what they have learned about the painters and their choice of painting sites.

Although the Group of Seven worked in all provinces and territories and produced many of the iconic images that we have of the north, there are very few photographs of the actual scenes that inspired them.

Sue is an artist – a traditional rug hooker. In 1977 she was making a rug hooking based on A.Y. Jackson’s painting “Hills, Killarney, Ontario (Nellie Lake).” During a canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park, Sue and Jim paddled to Nellie Lake with their family and were surprised to find that they could locate the exact spot where Jackson had sat when he did the painting. After this initial success, they have continued to search for other painting locations. Since the artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, each painting represents a puzzle to be solved. This is a type of orienteering except that one doesn’t have a circle on the map. In fact, one often doesn’t know which map you should be on.  For each of the 180 places that they have located, they have recorded what the view looks like now and have compared it with the artist’s impression of the same scene.

This talk will illustrate some of the works that were featured at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection exhibition “Following in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven”. Art works that were made in the beautiful La Cloche hills of Killarney Provincial Park and in Bon Echo Provincial Park will be presented along with the photographs of the same scenes.

>visit to get an idea of the Waddington’s project.

SESSION F / COF Annual General Meeting
Friday July 22
10:00 – noon
Location: Yukon College Room: Rm A2206 in the Academic wing. Parking in the Student Parking Lot and follow the signs.
The AGM is the one time of year when the members of the COF (the provincial/territorial associations) gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of the association (such as electing board members, making changes to the constitution, reviewing the financial statements, etc). All are welcome.

SESSION G / MEET-UP: Orienteering marketing and promotion
Friday July 22
12:30 – 1:30
Location: Yukon College Room: Rm A2206 in the Academic wing. Parking in the Student Parking Lot and follow the signs.
Facilitator: Jim Webster
This is an informal session for those interested in promotion and marketing to get together and talk about ideas, best practices, suggestions for cooperative efforts. etc. We’ll be sure to spend time talking about social media and orienteering. And let’s talk about headcams and video as well. Bring your examples and ideas to share.
>Notes from the promotion session

And then we’ll see you Saturday night at the banquet. They’ll be lots of great items at the silent auction. And HPP member and musician Graham Ereaux will be performing at the banquet. It’ll be great fun!

COF has passed the first step in process to receive funding from Sport Canada

The COF recently got the great news that we have been conditionally accepted for eligibility for funding from Sport Canada!

The COF Board of Directors has devoted a great deal of effort over the last few years to bring the COF to a position where we can apply for Sport Canada funding. For instance, we have written and adopted a new strategic plan, written and adopted a number of new policies, updated and translated our constitution, had our financial statements professionally audited, developed our long term athlete development model, and we continue to improve and update our officials and coaching programs.

Now that orienteering’s eligibility request (the Sport Funding and Accountability Framework) has been conditionally accepted, our next step is the assessment phase, in which we will be providing Sport Canada with more information on membership and activity data.

The COF Board wants to share this exciting news with you, but we also want to emphasize that there is no guarantee that we will receive funding and if we do, we don’t know the timing or the amount. And there’s still lots of work to do. But we do want to celebrate this interim success!

If you’re interested, here is the list of sport organizations that are currently funded by Sport Canada.

There are definitely ways that Canadian orienteering clubs and associations help with this process. It’s important for clubs and associations to maintain and grow their membership numbers (we need to have a minimum of 3000 members – which we currently do) and to encourage good attendance in all the age categories at their provincial championships.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about this. As always, we want to hear from you!

Best regards from the COF Board of Directors

Canadian orienteers - get your Digital Orienteering Map Archive (DOMA)

The Canadian Orienteering Federation has created a DOMA (Digital Orienteering Map Archive) that is available to all Canadian orienteers. A DOMA allows you to post your orienteering maps after you’ve scanned or taken a photo of your map after your race. Or you can draw your route and then post it, or for the techies out there, you can upload your gps track using a program such as QuickRoute (here’s an example)

If you would like a DOMA account send an email to domaATorienteeringDOTca with your full name and email address. This offer is open to all Canadian orienteers that are full members of their provincial/territorial orienteering associations. Check with your club to determine what your membership status is. After your request has been processed (give us a bit of time), you’ll find the DOMA here.

To see an existing DOMA in action, you can visit the COF’s other DOMA here. This DOMA is specifically for Canada’s High Performance Program athletes.

This is a new project of the COF. We look forward to providing Canadian orienteers will a on-line space to post and share their orienteering maps.

As always, we’re happy to hear your feedback on this new initiative.

2011 Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp

Registration is open for the always popular Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp which is being held this year in Whitehorse as part of the 2011 Canadian Orienteering Championships.

The Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp is for junior orienteers ranging in age from 10 to 20 years. Orienteers with all experience levels, from those new to the sport to elite level orienteers are all welcome and encouraged to participate. Training will be geared towards the age and competitive level for each and every participant. The camp typically sees participants from across Canada as well as from the United States.

Sass Peepre is an active, educational, fun-filled and friend-filled few days and is an excellent precursor to the COC’s. Build on your orienteering skills, then practice what you have learned the following weekend, and get feedback from your coaches. Many of the camp coaches will be competitive athletes themselves, so you can follow their progress at the COC’s as well.

Full camp details are here.

April 2011 Informal Canadian elite rankings: Women

End of April 2011

1 Louise Oram GVOC -5.69
2 Carol Ross Falcons -1.88
3 Katarina Smith Falcons 1.89
4 Tea Laurila OOC 7.57
5 Pam James YOA    8.98
6 Galyna Petrenko UKR 10.90
7 Marie Cat Bruno Sage 11.65
8 Andrea Balakova GVOC 13.11
9 Abbigail May Sage 17.16
10 Charlotte MacNaughton FWOC 19.66
11 Angela Forseille FWOC 25.01
12 Nicki Rehn FWOC 27.28
13 Sarah Brandreth FWOC 28.72
14 Molly Kemp OOC 33.93
15 Meghan Rance GVOC 36.73

April 2011 Informal Canadian elite rankings: Men

End of April 2011

1 Patrick Goeres Cde. B -2.39
2 Robbie Anderson OOC 0.07
3 Eric Kemp OOC 1.01
4 Mike Smith Falcons 1.37
5 Thomas Nipen GVOC 1.54
6 Nick Duca Stars    2.59
7 Magnus Johansson GVOC 3.86
8 Jon Torrance OOC 4.60
9 Patrick Saile GVOC 5.22
10 Wil Smith Falcons 6.25
11 Mark Adams GHO 6.25
12 Igor Palagnyuk TOC 6.28
13 Hans Fransson GHO 6.28
14 Brian May Sage 8.51
15 Damian Konotopetz Cde. B 9.87
16 Steven Graupner Cde. B 9.95
17 Serghei Logvin GHO 11.63
18 Brian Graham OOC 11.82
19 Graham Ereaux Falcons 11.88
20 Darius Konotopetz Cde. B 12.06
21 Michael Lucente    GGO 12.47
22 Mike Waddington    GHO 12.75
23 Jeffrey Teutsch    OOC 13.85
24 Andrei Logvin GHO 16.14
25 Graeme Rennie GVOC 18.78
26 Francis Falardeau Viking 19.48
27 Matthew Hryciuk    GVOC 22.49
28 Alin Duca Stars    24.72
29 Forest Pearson YOA 25.30
30 Adrian Low VicO    42.66
31 Nevin French GHO 42.92
32 Tim Andrews Sage 50.52
33 Thomas Graupner    Cde. B    62.19
34 Raymond Chung TOC 69.59
35 Dimitriy Galamiyey 71.99