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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 for 2018?

I am really looking forward to NAOCs in Whitehorse!  I’m excited to get to show the rest of North America the amazing terrain we have up North!

When did you start orienteering?

I started orienteering early in life – I can’t remember a time when summers did not involve maps and exploring woods.

What is your best orienteering memory?

One memory that stands out was a chase sprint set-up in Ontario – I think 2010 – and for the first time I remember consciously reading ahead while running on a longer leg.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

I enjoy middle distances – just long enough to really get into the zone and usually in some of the most complex terrain.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

To never go out orienteering, even if you are training and not racing, without having a specific goal in mind to focus on and to improve.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

My orienteering inspiration is Nesta Leduc.  She truly shows how orienteering is a sport for life.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

I would like to relearn playing violin, and to enjoy making music!

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Pia is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

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