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Upcoming community coach training

Community Coach training is the entry-level training program for coaches in the National Coaching Certification Program. The program is ideal for people interested in learning how to coach beginner orienteers. Volunteers with the COF will be delivering several workshops this spring:

Hamilton – March 16 (evening) and March 17 (day) 2012
Coordinator: Patrick Saile at: whereispatricknowATgmailDOTcom

Vancouver – April 13 (evening) and April 14 (day) 2012
Coordinator: Marg Ellis at: marga.ellisATgmailDOTcom

Calgary – April 28, 2012
Coordinator: Deanne at: jdpregistrationATorienteeringcalgaryDOTca

Please contact the coordinator listed if you are interested in attending. There will also be a workshop in Ottawa and possibly a workshop in Edmonton.

Details on the NCCP and the Community Coaching stream can be found by following the Resources/Coaches links on the COF coaching page. Anyone interested in becoming a learning facilitator (meaning that you’ll be qualified to teach the coaching course) should contact Bill Anderson at billATwgacartoDOTca to find out about training opportunities.

Vote to help GHO win an award for adventure running kids

Golden Horseshoe Orienteering has been nominated for an Ontario Trillium Foundation People’s Choice Award for their Adventure Running Kids program. GHO is nominated along with 17 other nominees out of several hundred programs across Ontario. Voting starts today and you can vote once every hour until February 29th. GHO and ARK would love your help (and votes) to help them win this award and bring more media attention to our sport. For more information on Adventure Running Kids and how to vote visit adventurerunningkids.ca/vote.

 

 

2012 High Performance Program athletes announced

The COF’s high performance committee pleased to announce the athletes who have been selected as members of the High Performance Program. See the press release for all the details

Athlete Profile: Pia Blake

Born 1996
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Burnaby, BC
Club Yukon Orienteering Association, but training with Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Getting the chance to run the middle final at JWOC as the first runner out was both a nerve-wracking and incredible experience.

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

I am really looking forward to the 50th anniversary of COCs in Ottawa.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Someday I would love to go to the Oceania Championships.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I speak fluent English, French and German, and rudimentary Norwegian and Spanish.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

I would mainly like to work hard in university to maintain my current grade level.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

One thing I am working on is choosing the best route choice on long legs.

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

I help to coach in both Vancouver and Whitehorse, and am hoping to organise at least one event in Vancouver.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Experience as many maps as possible, even if it is just looking at them online.  Try to picture features/areas from the map in 3D and make sure you understand how the map represents features.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

A training exercise I have done in the past is placing a labyrinth over a well-known map, adding all sorts of extra ‘walls’ to your map.  This is especially great on forest maps

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

Athlete Profile: Laura Teutsch

Born 1994
Hometown Ottawa
Currently living Ottawa
Club Ottawa Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

Career Highlights

  • 2011 COC Sprint – 3rd place (W17-20)
  • 2011 COC Long – 3rd place (W17-20)
  • 2011 WCOC Sprint – 3rd place (W17-20)
  • 2011 WCOC Long – 2nd place (W17-20)
  • 2010 COC Sprint – 3rd place (W17-20 (Running up))

2011 Highlights

  • 2011 COC Sprint – 3rd place (W17-20)
  • 2011 COC Long – 3rd place (W17-20)
  • 2011 WCOC Sprint – 3rd place (W17-20)
  • 2011 WCOC Long – 2nd place (W17-20)
  • 2010 COC Sprint – 3rd place (W17-20 (Running up))

When and how did you get involved with orienteering?
I first got into orienteering when I was 9 years old, 8 years ago.  My aunt and uncle were already orienteering and told my parents about it.  As soon as my brothers and I went to our first races, we were hooked.  At our local B-meets, I would do the beginner courses with my dad.  We started going to A meets and participating in junior training camps.  Ever since I’ve been stuck on orienteering and it always has been and will be my favourite sport.
What do you love most about orienteering?
I have a few favourite things about orienteering, the first being that I get to travel with my family to other parts of the country and meet lots of people and make new friends.  I also love the feeling I get when I’m running through the woods on my own, focusing on my race, but knowing that I’m surrounded by nature, which I love.  The last thing is the look on people’s faces when I tell them that my favourite sport is orienteering, a sport most people have never heard of.
What is your favourite orienteering discipline, and why?
My favourite orienteering discipline is either the sprint or the long.  I like the sprint because of the fast pace and often different terrain, especially urban sprints.  I like longs, though, because of the distance and the long legs.  With long legs, there is a lot more planning of routes to do.  Depending on the terrain of the sprint and long at an A-meet, it might be one or the other.
Which orienteering event is always on your calendar?
The Canadian Championships have been on my calendar every year for several years now.  They’re important to me because it is often the only time in the year when I get to meet up with all the other orienteers in Canada.  I also value them because I love to travel with my family in the summer and since the Canadian Champs are in a different place every year, it means that we get to explore the country a little more each year.
Do you have an orienteering idol? If so, who and why?
I must say that my orienteering idol is Thierry Gueorgiou.  I’m always cheering for him at WOC and when the French team was in Ottawa for our Ottawa O-Fest in 2009, I was quite pleased that he joined the party at my house after one of the races.
What was the highlight of your 2011 season?
Some highlights from 2011 were running in the Yukon, and running elite in Boston at the CSU’s Fall Foliage Festival.  The Yukon was amazing because I’ve always wanted to go up north just to travel and explore and climb mountains, but when I heard that the Canadian champs were going to be in the Yukon, I was thrilled because it combined two of my favourite things, orienteering and exploring mountains.  Running elite was a great experience.  At first I was hesitant to run up, but I think it was a great experience and I felt good with my results comparing them to the top runners in the category.
What are your 2012 orienteering goals?
My 2012 orienteering goals are, first of all, to qualify for the Canadian JWOC team in the summer.  Secondly, I want to improve my technical abilities, such as route choice.
What races are on your 2012 calendar?

  • Tour du Marteau Training Camp (Hamilton – April 6th-8th )
  • Westpoint A-meet (May 5th-6th)
  • Ottawa O-Fest (May 19th-21st)
  • JWOC Training Camp (June 30th-July 7th) (If I make the team)
  • JWOC (July 7th-14th) (If I make the team)
  • Ontario Champs (Waterloo – Oct. 6th-7th)
  • NAOC/NAOC Training Camp (Delaware Water Gap, PA – October 18th-21st)

What is your favourite international orienteering location?
I must admit that I haven’t had the opportunity to orienteer outside Canada and the United States yet.  But if I can alter the question slightly to say “Where, internationally, would you most like try orienteering?”, I would have to say Sweden because I know that it is a much bigger sport there and it would be incredible to be at big meet where there are several thousands of people.
When you’re not orienteering, where can we find you?
When I’m not orienteering, I can often be found in the music basement of my school, either playing my flute, or acting as music council’s co-president and organising events and fundraisers for the music program.  I can also sometimes be found on stage, as part of the Senior Acting Company at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama.  You may also find me outside communing with nature by canoeing, camping, skiing or hiking.  If you don’t find me in any of those places, you might find me curled up in my room reading a good book.

Athlete Profile: Adam Woods

Born 1994
Hometown Coquitlam, BC
Currently living Vancouver, BC
Club Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club
Occupation Computer Engineer
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

The sprint and sprint relay at the 2016 World University Orienteering Championships were the most memorable and fun sprint courses I have run.

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

I’m hoping the 2017 Vancouver sprint camp has a few courses that can rival my memories of the 2016 WUOC sprints

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

I’d love to visit New Zealand and orienteer, so the New Zealand Championships

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

While growing up, I spent most of my summers whitewater kayaking, and know how to roll a kayak.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

I graduate with a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering in May 2017 assuming nothing goes catastrophically wrong in the first four months of 2017.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Maintaining focus and choosing safer routes in the last third of an orienteering course.

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

I am on the GVOC executive, am a coach in GVOC’s OAK junior program and train newcomers at GVOC’s weekly events.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Don’t be afraid to take risks and make mistakes. It’s how you learn and mistakes make the best stories.

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

Mentally re-running a leg/legs that went well is a super useful part of my pre-race routine. However, you need to practice visualisation for it to be most effective.

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

Alberta Orienteering Association looking for mappers

The Alberta Orienteering Association is currently looking for Canadian mappers who have extensive experience producing top quality orienteering maps (OCAD) to the latest ISOM and ISSOM standards to work on different projects in Alberta and BC during the summer of 2012, for a period of 8 weeks. Depending on experience, the pay range is from 18-22 dollars per hour.
The specifics areas where we want to map are still to be determined. The mappers will be coordinated by the Alberta Orienteering Association.
If you are an interested mapper, and you have the experience send your resume at pascale@orienteeringalberta.ca