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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 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

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