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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.

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