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Athlete Profile: Pia Blake

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Born 1996
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Vancouver, BC
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

Which of your 2015 results are you most proud of and why?

I am most proud of my middle qualifier at JWOC, because I managed to navigate the tricky slopes with relative ease and had an almost flawless race technically.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2016?

I am definitely most excited about JWOC 2016, as it is my last JWOC!

Where is your favourite place to orienteer in Canada?

Lewes Lake, just south the Whitehorse

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Running Jukola (I have run Venla twice, but never Jukola)

What do you like to do when you aren’t orienteering? Tell us about one or more of your hobbies/activities.

I really enjoy making music, and so teach myself the violin and sing in the SFU choir.

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

My biggest goal (outside of orienteering) is to complete my first year of university with good grades while maintaining a balance between school and orienteering.

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

The middle is definitely my favourite discipline because although running pace is still important, the technical challenges are often the most difficult of all the disciplines, and I love technical terrain!

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping,organizing events…)

In Vancouver I helped with coaching the younger kids this fall, and hope to do the same next spring as well.  I would also like to run at least one Wednesday night meet here this coming spring.

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.

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

I practice relaxation a lot, like Robbie described in a recent blog post (http://teamcanadaorienteering.blogspot.ca/2015/11/mind-reps.html ) and I find it helps a lot if I lose focus while out running.

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 2016 High Performance Program

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