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2012 IOF Congress summary

The IOF Congress was held during the World Orienteering Championships in Lausanne, Swtizerland. The Congress is a set of meetings in which representatives from the IOF’s member federations discuss various issues related to international orienteering.

One of the meetings is the General Assembly which is held every second year and in which all member federations vote on various motions and IOF Council elections are held. This year there were 36 member nations present that were eligible to vote. Charlotte MacNaughton attended the meeting on behalf of Canada. The meeting materials, including the agenda are all available here.

Here is how Canada voted on the various issues:

  • Canada voted for the motion from the Nordic countries for the split WOC proposal. This motion was defeated. There were 16 votes for, and 20 against.
  • Italy then withdrew their motion for changes within the existing general WOC format.
  • The next vote was a vote for either the Council proposal or the Swiss proposal. If the split WOC decision was defeated, Canada had intended to vote for the Italian proposal, but after the Italian proposal was withdrawn, Canada voted for the Council proposal over the Swiss proposal. The Council proposal won this vote.
  • Next was a vote between the Council proposal and the status quo regarding the WOC format. Canada voted for the Council proposal which includes the long distance final, middle distance final, sprint qualification and final, mixed gender sprint relay, traditional relay.
  • Canada voted against the motion to include adventure racing under the IOF umbrella. Because the motion involved a change of the IOF’s statutes, it required 3/4 approval. It did not achieve the 3/4 approval level, so the motion was not carried. The majority were in favour of the motion and this IOF will look more closely at this issue.
  • Canada voted for the inclusion of at least one member of each gender at the Vice-President level and above on the IOF Council. The motion was defeated by a small margin.
  • For the IOF presidential election, Canada voted for Brian Porteous

In addition to the voting issues mention above, at the General Assembly Montenegro and Cyprus were accepted as new members of IOF. The IOF now has 73 members. The 2016 World Orienteering Championships were awarded to Sweden, the only applicant, and Sweden will also hold the World Trail Orienteering Championships. Norway will organize the 2015 World Ski Orienteering Championships.

The IOF’s Strategic Directions 2012-2018 and the activity plan for the next Congress period (2013-2014) were both accepted with minor amendments.  Delegates also agreed to the membership fees and budget plan for the Congress period.

Charlotte attended a meeting with the IOF Council with representatives from the various IOF regions (North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, Africa and Asia). At this meeting, she expressed concern for Canada’s issue of frequently not having enough “ranked” women at WREs in order for the WRE scoring system to allocate points. A few statistical solutions were proposed. The COF will follow-up on this.

Charlotte also attended a meeting with representatives from the “outside-of-Europe” countries. She also attended the pre-general assembly, a 1/2 day meeting in which the voting procedure for the general assembly motions was outlined. All the candidates for election spoke at this meeting. The delegates also heard an update on ski-orienteering as well as a presentation from the IOF on growing orienteering globally.

Charlotte represented the COF in many discussions throughout the week on a new qualification scheme, and the COF plans to remain actively engaged in the process to create a new qualification process.

Any questions on the above, contact infoATorienteeringDOTca.

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WOC 2012: Louise Oram finishes 41st in middle distance final

Louise Oram finished 41st in the middle distance final at WOC 2012 – July 17, 2012. More details on the Team Canada blog.

WOC 2012: Louise Oram qualifies for middle distance final

Louise Oram finished 15th in her heat today to qualify for the middle distance final on Tuesday July 17. More details on the Team Canada blog.

WOC 2012: Louise Oram qualifies for long distance final

Louise Oram finished 13th in her heat today to qualify for the long distance final on Thursday July 19. More details on the Team Canada blog.

WOC 2012: Patrick Goeres 36th in sprint final

Patrick Goeres finished 36th in sprint final at WOC 2012 in Lausanne (July 14, 2012). More details on the Team Canada blog.

2012 Athletes' Representative Election

This information is also available at a pdf file here.

In 2008, the position of Athlete Representative was created. The goal is to have athlete representation on the Board of Directors to ensure that national team athletes have a voice at the decision making level of the COF. At the COF annual general meeting in August 2008, a motion was passed to amend the COF constitution to add an Athletes’ Representative to the COF Board of Directors (BOD). The individual in this position has full voting rights in the same way other Board members do, but unlike board members that are elected by the general membership, the Athletes’ Rep is elected by national team athletes.

Term of the Athletes’ Representative
The elected individual will serve a 2-year term starting immediately after the 2012 COF AGM in July and ending with the 2014 COF AGM. After the 2012 COF AGM, the Athletes’ Rep will be a voting member of the COF BOD and delegate to the AthletesCAN Forum including all the responsibilities listed below. Prior to that, the elected individual will serve as a member of the COF High Performance Committee to become familiar with the current issues of the High Performance Program and the operating procedures of the High Performance Committee. Another election will be held in January 2014.

Please note that there may be some changes to the HPC’s terms of references as an outcome of some suggestions that we have received recently from a governance consultant. Also, we will likely be changing the process by which the Athletes’ Rep is named to the Board of Director in order to comply with the new not-for-profit corporations act which comes into effect in 2 years time.

Responsibility of the Athletes’ Representative
The rep is expected to:

  • Advocate on behalf of the athletes as a participating member of the Canadian Orienteering Federation Board of Directors
  • Fulfill the duties of a COF board member
  • Advocate on behalf of athletes as a participating member of the COF High Performance Committee
  • Be the Athletes’ Rep for Orienteering to AthletesCAN including attending the annual AthletesCAN Forum (travel and accommodation expenses are paid for), which is usually held at the end of September. Share the experiences and learnings from the Forum with Canada’s national level orienteering athletes.
  • Keep all Canada’s national level orienteering athletes updated year-round with relevant information from AthletesCAN, the High Performance Committee and the COF Board of Directors
  • Work to enhance the profile of orienteering in Canada

Who elects the Athletes’ Representative?
The Athletes’ Rep is elected by the Canadian members of the 2012 World Orienteering Championships and Junior World Orienteering Championships teams.

Who is eligible to be the Athletes’ Representative?
Both former and current Senior National Orienteering Team members are eligible provided they have been a Canadian Senior National Orienteering Team member within the last 8 years. A Canadian Senior National Orienteering Team member is defined as any individual who has represented Canada as a competitor at a World Orienteering Championships.

Nomination process
The call for nomination will be circulated via email and web to the Canadian orienteering community. Nominations for the position must be sent to the COF (by email to by July 31st, 2012. Individuals can nominate themselves or someone else can nominate an individual with his/her prior approval.

All nominees will have the opportunity to submit answers (by July 31, 2012 to to the following questions:

1. Why do you wish to run for the Athletes’ Representative position? (answer not to exceed 250 words)
2. What is your vision for elite orienteering in Canada? (answer not to exceed 250 words)

Election process
By August 1st, 2012 the COF Executive Director will send by email the list of nominated athletes and their responses to the above questions to all the current Canadian national orienteering team members (the Canadian members of the 2010 World Orienteering Championships or Junior World Orienteering Championships teams).

Voting will be closed at August 8, 2012, 11:59pm MST by replying by email with the name of the desired Athlete Representative. The email is to be sent to the two COF officials acting as proctors (to be announced).

If an athlete has not responded within one week, a COF representative will attempt to contact the athlete by phone to ensure he/she received the email. Once the phone call has been made the athletes will have 3 days to cast their vote. Then the elected individual will be announced.

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Photo: Emily Kemp JWOC long distance race