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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



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 race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I am looking forward to POM and Lipica Open this spring, and hopefully competing at WOC this summer!

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

This past summer when YOA hosted the NAOCs was a definite highlight of the year, but the atmosphere at the bigger Scandinavian relay races cannot be beat!

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Either Lewes Lake or Long Lake in Whitehorse, although everyone who came to NAOC/COCs got a chance in 2018!

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I like to start months in advance, with training on similar terrain and studying maps of the area.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

As I am in Whitehorse this winter, I am loving being able to cross-country ski again!


Pia is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 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 Coquitlam, BC
Club Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club
Occupation Software developer
Training log Attackpoint
Twitter Name @_runwoodsrun

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

The long distance race at the World Orienteering Championships – it’s the one I’m training for.

What is your favorite orienteering event that you have done so far?

The 2016 World University Orienteering Championship Sprint at Lillafured. The tiered garden with impassable wall made it feel like orienteering in a maze.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

The Cypress River Sandhill map in Manitoba is a fun but challenging map that’s entirely, contours, yellow + green.  Since the 2017 Western Canadian Orienteering Championships were criminally under attended, a lot of Canadian orienteers have yet to experience this unique terrain.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

The reviewing old maps of the race area and planning course on them. That said, my most important race prep is ensuring I get enough sleep in the weeks leading up to the competition. It’s very helpful to start a race rested and healthy.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I play board games every chance I get, and went to my first board game convention this year.

I read 50+ books a year ( mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy) and listen to a bunch of nerdy voice actors play Dungeons and Dragons via the Critical Role podcast.


Adam is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 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