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See you in Alberta: a COC/WCOC update

Here’s an update from the 2012 Western Canadian and Canadian Orienteering Championships organizers…

The WCOC/COC organizing gang had some land access issues and had to shuffle around the locations of the Western Canadian events. The next registration deadline has been changed from June 30 to July 15, so still a few weeks to register before the prices go up.

Here is the latest event schedule:

  • Sat Aug 11 WCOC middle – Elbow Bluffs 10am first start (parking & shuttle bus from Banded Peak West Bragg Creek 9am)
  • Sat Aug 11 WCOC sprint – Fish Creek Park Calgary (SE) – 5pm start
  • Sat Aug 11 banquet – Southeast Calgary – 8pm
  • Sun Aug 12 WCOC long – Rumsey (permission not finalized- estimated a 11am start) Rumsey is located approximately 2 hours north east of Calgary
  • Mon Aug 13 WCOC Relay – Edmonton – 6:30 pm start
  • Thurs Aug 16 HPP Fund Raiser & COF AGM  – Edmonton
  • Fri Aug 17 COC model – Jackpine 11am – 3pm
  • Fri Aug 17 COC Sprint –Jackpine – 5pm start
  • Sat Aug 18 COC Middle – Jackpine – 11 am start
  • Sat Aug 18 Banquet and silent auction – Entwistle –  doors open at 5:00, meal at 6:30 (Please consider donating an item to the silent auction)
  • Sun Aug 19 COC Long – Jackpine – 10am start

More details are at: www.coc2012.ca

  • Also you can find COF conference details here. There are various sessions sprinkled throughout the week. There are still a few options to add sessions if you have a topic idea. And we are looking for presenters for the PechaKucha evening!
  • Sass Peepre National Junior Training Camp details here
  • COF AGM details here

Questions/comments:

  • Contact the WCOC/COC organizers: www.coc2012.ca/contact
  • Email Charlotte re the COF conference and AGM: infoATorienteeringDOTca
  • Email Kitty re the Sass Peepre camp: kittyjonesATshawDOTca

2012 COF Conference

The COF conference is  held in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships. It’s an ideal opportunity for Canadian orienteers to share information and ideas and to learn from interesting, topical speakers. It’s also a great time to learn about and get involved with the priority projects of the COF and to contribute your ideas and energy.

2012 Conference Details
Aug 13- 19, 2012
Sessions are in conjunction with the 2012 Western and Canadian Orienteering Championships
No registration is required. Just show up! (except for the community coach workshop and the learning facilitator workshop)

Orienteering’s LTAD in action
This will be your first chance to get your hands on our brand-new Long Term Athlete Development booklet. The orienteering-specific LTAD model gives guidelines for how best to deliver orienteering to all the different levels and age groups in the most effective and engaging manner. Our task now is to incorporate these guidelines in our coaching, officiating and junior and adult beginner programming. This session is a perfect fit for the volunteers who will be helping to coach at the Sass Peepre camp as well at those involved with introducing orienteering to newcomers at their club events.
Where: Room 3, Percy Page Centre (11759 Groat Road, Edmonton). Map.
When: Monday Aug 13 3:15 pm  (will finish in time to get to relay event at 6:30)

Community Coach clinic
Here’s a chance to become a “certified” coach. This 9 hour workshop covers both the theoretical and technical components needed to coach people newcomers to orienteering. The pre-requisites are some orienteering experience and an interest in coaching new orienteers.
Where: Edmonton – location details available from Bill Anderson
When: Monday Aug 13 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and Tuesday Aug 14 9:00 am – noon
To register for this workshop email Bill Anderson:  billATwgacartoDOTca. There will be a small fee to cover the cost of the manuals. Ask your club if they will subsidize this fee for you.

From the 2012 national junior team
Join members of the 2012 national junior orienteering team, including JWOC bronze medallist Emily Kemp, as they recount their races and experiences at the 2012 junior world championships held in Slovakia in early July. This session will be held in conjunction with the Sass Peepre junior camp. All are welcome to attend.
Where: Strathcona Wilderness Centre (at the Sass Peepre camp venue)
When: Tuesday Aug 14 at 8:00 pm
Note: Arrive at entrance gate to Strathcona Wilderness Centre between 7:45-8:00pm. This gate will be locked before and after this time window.
Location map is here.
You can ONLY access Strathcona Wilderness Centre from Township Road 530. It is a 20 minute drive east of Sherwood Park, at the junction of Twp530 and RR212.

From the 2012 national senior team
Join members of the 2012 national senior orienteering team as they recount their races and experiences at the 2012 world championships held in Switzerland in early July. This session will be held in conjunction with the Sass Peepre junior camp. All are welcome to attend.
Where: Strathcona Wilderness Centre (at the Sass Peepre camp venue)
When: Wednesday Aug 15 at 8:00 pm
Note: Arrive at entrance gate to Strathcona Wilderness Centre between 7:45-8:00pm. This gate will be locked before and after this time window.
Location map is here.
You can ONLY access Strathcona Wilderness Centre from Township Road 530. It is a 20 minute drive east of Sherwood Park, at the junction of Twp530 and RR212.

The latest from the COF
Come and find out about what projects are being working on at the COF and how they make a difference to your club – projects such as the national event database, our Sport Canada recognition, COF hiring plans, the officials and coaching programs, Project 5000, updated the course and category guidelines and more.
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Thursday Aug 16 11:00 am

Orienteering and crowdSPRING: A case study
This is a repeat engagement of a fascinating presentation that Edmonton orienteer Sherry Haley about the process used to create the new Alberta Orienteering Association logo using crowdSPRING.  The idea was to publish a request for a logo design onto the crowdSPRING website where it would be reviewed by graphic designers around the world. A financial prize was offered for the winning design, and a number of parameters were given for the logo. Come and see how it all turned out – and find out how to use resources like CrowdSource and Elance to develop club and event logos and various graphic design needs.
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Thursday Aug 16 1:00 pm

The COF Annual General Meeting
The AGM is the one time of year when representatives of the Provincial and Territorial Associations gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of the Canadian Orienteering Federation (such as electing board members, making changes to the constitution, reviewing the financial statements, etc). All are welcome to attend, though only the Associations’ confirmed representatives will be able to vote. All the details are here.
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Thursday Aug 16 5:30 pm

PechaKucha – orienteering style
Have you heard of PechaKucha? It’s a presentation methodology in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each for a max of 6 minutes, 40 seconds/presenter. There will be between six and ten different presenters on a wide range of orienteering related topics. Each presentation will be short and sweet. We will post the topics here as they are confirmed.

Confirmed so far:

  • My 2012 European orienteering adventure / Jennifer McKeigan
  • Orienteering and social media
  • Taking great orienteering photos / Adrian Zissos
  • How can a lone Canadian recreational orienteer race the Jukola? / David Ross
  • The story of the o-store / Anne Teutsch
  • Kids O activities / Meghan Rance
  • My orienteering bucket list / Charlotte MacNaughton

We’ll update this list as we confirm speakers and topics, so please do check back.

(Want to be a presenter? Let Charlotte know at infoATorienteeringDOTca)
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Thursday Aug 16 7:30 pm

Junior Development in Canada
Three Canadian orienteers (Meghan Rance, Will Critchley and Colin Abbott) have been contracted by the Sass Peepre committee to collect information about junior programs across the country and around the world. Also to collect information about junior programming in other sport. And to develop a pilot project call “Sass Peepre Online” to test methods of offering online training to juniors ages 13-20 who are not currently in the COF’s High Performance Program. Six juniors from across Canada are participating in this pilot project. This conference session will include a summary of their work and a discussion regarding the next steps in the creation of a national junior orienteering curriculum.
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Friday Aug 17 10:00 am

SportIDENT – the latest and greatest from the SI gang
Are you the “SI guy” (or “SI girl”) for your club or organization?  If you are, then this session is for you. Or, if you’re interested in techy stuff in general or SI stuff in particular, then you should  come as well.  You will have the opportunity to learn about the latest ideas and technologies that SportIDENT is adding to its repertoire now and over the year to come.  Both the Canadian rep for SportIDENT, Eric Teutsch, and the creator of the SportIDENT system, Siegfried Ritter from Germany, will be on hand to talk about what’s new and coming, and to answer questions about the SI timing system.
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Friday Aug 17 11:30 am

Learning Facilitator clinic
Are you interested in becoming certified to teach the community coach program? This 5-6 hour session will give you the skills needed to teach the community coach course. (you do need to be certified as a community coach too – you can take the course on Mon and Tues if you haven’t taken it yet)
Where and when: we are looking to find a couple hours here and there a few times between the Thursday and Sunday conference sessions and races to make up the whole 5-6 hours. Let Bill Anderson know of your interest in this session and we’ll schedule accordingly.
To show interest for this workshop email Bill Anderson:  billATwgacartoDOTca. There will be a small fee to cover the cost of the manuals. Ask your club if they will subsidize this fee for you.

Banquet and Silent Auction
And we hope to see you Saturday night following the banquet. They’ll be lots of great items at the always-fun annual silent auction.

COF Board Meeting
The COF Board of Directors will be meeting Aug 20 in Edmonton.
Where: Room 4, Percy Page Centre (11759 Groat Road, Edmonton). Map.
When: Monday Aug 20 9:00 am

Photo: Emily Kemp

Athlete Profile: Michael Lucente

Born 1980
Hometown Ajax, ON
Currently living Cambridge, ON
Club Stars
Occupation Egineer

Career Highlights
It’s a bit early to comment on that!
2011 Highlights
A tough year in technical areas, like New York State. I had some decent runs closer to home, and I was happy with my Swiss run too.
When and how did you get involved with orienteering?
Two friends of mine needed a third teammate for GHO’s Raid the Hammer. I was around 22, and had no idea what I was getting into. We were the last team to finish, and had a great time.
What do you love most about orienteering?
Running hard through the woods
What is your favourite orienteering discipline, and why?
No favourites
Which orienteering event is always on your calendar?
Ontario’s Thomass winter series
Do you have an orienteering idol? If so, who and why?
No idols, yet!
What was the highlight of your 2011 season?
The opportunity to orienteering in Switzerland!
What are your 2012 orienteering goals?
I want to improve my consistency. No results> 125% of the winning time. That won’t be easy in rocky, technical areas.
What races are on your 2012 calendar?
Not sure yet, but I am planning to attend the North America Championships (NAOC’s), and the Ontario Championships
What is your favourite international orienteering location?
I haven’t travelled too much for orienteering, but Switzerland will be hard to beat.
When you’re not orienteering, where can we find you?
I’m a bore during the week, and I’m easy to find. I’m either at home, work, or cycling between the two. Good luck finding me on the weekends!

2012 Annual General Meeting

Thursday August 16
5:30 pm
Rossdale Community Hall (Little Flower School)
10135 – 96 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta

The AGM is the one time of year when all the members of the COF (the provincial/territorial associations) gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of the association (such as electing board members, making changes to the constitution, reviewing the financial statements, etc). All are welcome.

2012 AGM documents:

Other documents of interest:

2011 AGM information

Voting delegates confirmed to date:

BC  John Rance
Yukon  Forest Pearson
Alberta  Don Riddle or Kitty Jones
Manitoba  Jennifer Hamilton
Ontario  Ian Sidders
Quebec  Randy Kemp
New Brunswick  Harold McQuade
Nova Scotia  Pam James

NOMINATIONS
The position of President (2 year term), and 3 members at large of the Board (2 year terms) will be up for election.

NEW BUSINESS

Motion 1:
Motion to change the COF’s name to Orienteering Canada / Course d’orientation Canada
Be it enacted and it is hereby enacted as a special resolution of Canadian Orienteering Federation (herein called “the corporation”) that:
1. Subject to confirmation by Supplementary Letters Patent, the name of the corporation is hereby changed to Orienteering Canada / Course d’orientation Canada.
2. The Corporation be and is hereby authorized to make application to the Minister of Industry for the issue of Supplementary Letters Patent confirming this special resolution insofar as it relates to changing the name of the corporation to Orienteering Canada / Course d’orientation Canada.
3. The directors and officers are hereby authorized and directed to do, sign and execute all things, deeds and documents necessary or desirable for the due carrying out of the foregoing.

Canadian orienteering pioneer Lars Carlson passes away

Jack Lee has let us know that Lars Carlson a pioneer in Canadian Orienteering passed away Friday morning (June 15). Lars was the president of the Ontario Orienteering Association in the 60s. Among his orienteering accomplishments, Lars organized and accompanied the first group of Canadian juniors to take part in O-Ringen. He was part of the team that introduced orienteering in Manitoba and he brought the first Swedish mappers to Canada to map Ganaraska and as well as organize the Canadian championships there. Lars also was involved in bringing a touring public relations team from Sweden to help spread orienteering in Canada.

The COF Board of Directors sends their sympathies to the Carlson family.

Update regarding the junior program development initiative

The COF has hired three people to work on short-term, part-time contracts relating to junior program development.

Colin Abbott (YOA) is coordinating “Sass Peepre Online”, a pilot project to test methods of offering online training to juniors ages 13-20 who are not currently in the COF’s High Performance Program. Six juniors (3 girls and 3 boys from across Canada) are participating in this pilot project.

Meghan Rance is researching North American Junior Orienteering Programs that currently exist for all ages up to age 20.

Will Critchley is researching overseas junior orienteering programs as well as junior programs in other sports.

At the COF Conference, there will be a session to report on all 3 contracts, and to discuss next steps in Canadian Junior Development.

Thank you to everyone who applied for these positions.

Regards from Anne Teutsch, Kitty Jones and Patrick Goeres

Yukon News.com: Orienteerers Get Their Just Desert

2012 Team to World Championships Announced

The Canadian Orienteering Federation (COF) and its High Performance Committee (HPC) are delighted to announce the selection of talent to represent Canada at the World Orienteering Championships (WOC). This year Patrick Goeres (Winnipeg), Robbie Anderson (Ottawa), Will Critchley (Edmonton), Eric Kemp (Ottawa), Damian Konotopetz (Winnipeg), Jeff Teutsch (Ottawa), and Louise Oram (Vancouver), accompanied by coach Magnus Johansson (Vancouver), are heading over to Lausanne, Switzerland from July 14-21 (www.woc2012.ch). Each country can send up to 6 athletes to WOC, but can only enter 3 athletes per race. Below is the list of who is scheduled to run each of the races:

Men:
Sprint: Patrick, Robbie, Will – Alternate: Damian
Middle: Damian, Eric, Jeff – Alternate: Robbie
Long: Jeff, Robbie, Will – Alternate: Damian
Relay: Team to be decided at WOC

Women:
Middle: Louise
Long: Louise

The COF would also like to acknowledge and thank the selection committee for their hard work. Selection is never an easy process, and this year Magnus Johansson, Brian May, and Magali Robert stepped up to the challenge. Selection is not only based on the results of identified priority races, but also training consistency, recent performance at WOC and other events, and opportunity for younger athletes with potential for success. Selection details are available in the 2012 Athlete Handbook.

The COF will be bringing you the inside scoop on JWOC, WUOC, and WOC, so make sure you log on and tune in on the Team Canada Blog, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

You’ll find the link to the press release below.