|Currently living||Burnaby, BC|
|Club||Yukon Orienteering Association, but training with Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club|
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
Pia is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program