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Announcing the 2013 JWOC team

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is pleased to announce the 2013 Junior World Orienteering Championships team. Representing Canada from June 30 – July 7 in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic are:


  • Alexander Bergstrom, OOC
  • Trevor Bray, YOA
  • Robert Graham, OOC
  • Adam Woods, GVOC


  • Pia Blake, YOA
  • Molly Kemp, OOC
  • Jennifer MacKeigan, YOA
  • Kendra Murray, YOA

Accompanying the team will be Junior HPP coach Brent Langbakk and team leader Stefan Bergstrom.

A huge thank you to the selection committee, Brent Langbakk, Katarina Smith, and Nina Wallace, for their hard work.

You can find out more about the JWOC selection process and athlete expectations in the 2013 HPP Handbook.

Please join us in congratulating our junior athletes, and providing support, encouragement, and training opportunities as they work towards their 2013 JWOC goals.

News from Sass Peepre group re juniors across Canada

To all Orienteering Clubs, volunteers working with Junior Programs and parents of young orienteers:

Please share this info with those who may benefit from any of the Sass Peepre happenings for Junior Orienteers!

The Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee would like to take a few moments of your time to update you on our activities.  We hope that you will find something amongst our current projects that may be of interest to the junior orienteers in your family, programme or club.

The items include:

  • The Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee – what is it?
  • Sass Peepre Junior Training Camps
  • Pre-HPP Youth Squad – A Call for Interested Juniors
  • Junior Training Resources
  • Looking for Committee Members for the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee

The Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee – what is it?
First, for those who are new to it, what is the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee?  Sass Peepre was instrumental in establishing the sport of orienteering in this Canada.  After his death, a fund was created in his name, to support and encourage growth in the sport among the juniors.  The Sass Peepre Fund has recently morphed into the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee, as a committee of Orienteering Canada, with the fund being managed by that organization.

Sass Peepre Junior Training Camps
For many years, the Sass Peepre Committee has organized a training camp for juniors from across the country, connected in time and location to the annual Canadian Orienteering Championships.  Junior athletes of all abilities, from 10 to 19 years of age, from novice to candidates for the Canadian Junior Team, are invited to participate in the 3 day camp, which always has amazing volunteer coaches coming from the ranks of the Senior National Team, High Performance Programme athletes, ex-national team members, and parents wanting to help their kids.

This year, there will be two separate Sass Peepre Junior Training Camps – one in Manitoba, associated with the Western Canadian Championships in late July, and one in New Brunswick in association with the Eastern Canadian Championships in August.  If you are interested in either or both of these camps, you might want to send a quick e-mail to the contact so that you get on the mailing list for further information as it becomes available.

July 30 to August 1 > contact Kitty Jones at kittyjones AT shaw DOT ca

New Brunswick
week of August 19 to 23 > contact Lori Heron at heron.lori AT gmail DOT com

Pre-HPP Youth Squad – A Call for Interested Juniors
We are just now starting up, with the help of Orienteering Canada and the High Performance Committee, a new Pre-HPP Youth Squad.  The intent of this programme is to fill a gap in training support for athletes who might be interested in joining the High Performance Programme and who would like a programme now to help them move in that direction.  This program will give athletes, mostly in the 14 to 16 year age group, an opportunity to have some coaching, guidance and support for their training as they progress towards more serious training and competition. A national network of Junior Orienteers will also help build friendships and strengthen peer support for these young athletes. If you are interested in learning more about this new junior group, please contact Anne Teutsch at anne AT teutsch DOT ca.

Junior Training Resources
Last year the Sass Peepre Committee started two new projects.  One was a pilot project for an online training and coaching programme for juniors.  This project was successful and is the jumping block from which our new Youth Squad will evolve.  The second project was a compilation of resources that are currently available across Canada and in other countries to support coaches of junior orienteering athletes.    The information collected through this project will be valuable as Orienteering Canada and the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee work to create a national junior development curriculum.  If anyone is interested in receiving the compiled resources, please contact Meghan Rance at meghan.rance AT gmail DOT com.

Looking for Committee Members for the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee
In the near future, we plan to expand our committee from the current three people (Kitty Jones, Calgary; Meghan Rance, Vancouver; Anne Teutsch, Ottawa) to up to 6 people. We will be looking for new members from across the country who have an interest in helping develop opportunities for the junior orienteers in Canada.  If you might be interested, please contact any of the current committee members.  We would love to hear from you!

Kitty Jones kittyjones AT shaw DOT ca
Meghan Rance meghan.rance AT gmail DOT com
Anne Teutsch anne AT teutsch DOT ca

Revised Orienteering Canada rules are now in effect

We wish to let you know that the Orienteering Canada Board of directors approved a revised set of rules late last year.  They went into effect on January 1st, 2013 and have been posted here on the Orienteering Canada website (under the ‘resources’ heading > under “officials” or “athletes”).

We would urge any Event Director, Course Planner and Controller to become familiar with the rule changes.

Some points to note:

  • We have identified the rules that are competition rules and apply only to Canada Cup events and above with the symbol (CR).  Any rule that is not marked with this symbol applies to all events.
  • Where it makes sense we have followed IOF Rules and IOF rule changes. An example of this was a decision to reduce the minimum height of control code numbers from 5 to 3 cms to allow numbers to be placed in the control unit itself. (13.3.4)
  • The contentious problem of uncrossable objects and forbidden to cross objects has been clarified in 15.4.2.  If the event organizers wish to note that an object is forbidden to cross it must be identified with a purple symbol.  Uncrossable objects can be crossed at the particpant’s own risk, as is explained in more detail in the officials manuals.
  • The deviation that competitors take to go round buildings on maps, must now be added to the length of the course to give a better representation.  With the profusion of buildings on some sprint maps, the course length using the straight line was not a fair reflection of the distance to be covered.  (10.0.3)
  • As you will note we have removed any verbiage with the word “may”, which does not indicate a rule, and transferred it, where appropriate, to the officials manuals.
  • We would welcome any suggestions for new rules or changes to existing rules.  Anyone wishing to do so should note (3.0), which outlines the procedure to be used.
  • Lastly, in addition to the officials mentioned above, we would urge all orienteers to check out the rules, particularly (15.0), which covers the duties and responsibilities of participants.


Vancouver, Ottawa and Hamilton clubs top Get Out There's Readers' Choice awards

Get Out There Magazine included an orienteering category in this year’s Reader Choice Awards. And the winners were announced today. In the west, the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club‘s “Why Just Run” events won as best orienteering race, and in the east, Ottawa Orienteering Club‘s O-Fest won as the favourite orienteering event. GHO‘s (Hamilton) Snowshoe Raid won as the top snowshoe race in the east.

Congrats to these orienteering clubs!!

ACTIVE CAMBRIDGE: Ageless Sport with Ilona Dobos

New Zealand World Cups on now: Carol Ross and Will Critchley for Canada

The first orienteering World Cups of the 2013 season are on now in New Zealand. Representing Canada are Carol Ross of Moncton and Will Critchley of Edmonton.

This year’s World Cup starts with three events in New Zealand as part of the Oceania Carnival. More than 120 athletes from 20 nations have gathered on the country’s North Island to take part. In addition to the World Cup athletes, the Carnival has received entries from more than 900 runners from 28 countries.

World Cup starts on Sunday

The World Cup gets under way on Sunday with a Middle Distance race on intricately contoured open and forested sand dune terrain at Waikawa Beach on the west coast. The course planner is Yvette Baker, who as Yvette Hague took the gold medal at Short Distance (the equivalent of Middle Distance today) in the 1999 World Championships in Scotland. The race starts at 9.30 New Zealand time. Good summer weather (but not too hot) is promised!

The World Cup then moves into Wellington for a Sprint qualification and final on successive days, Monday and Tuesday, and the last event is a Middle Distance chasing start on Sunday 13th January.

Thirteen events in 2013 World Cup

In addition to the World Championships finals in Finland in July, there are two more rounds of the World Cup: the Nordic Tour at the beginning of June comprising 5 events in Norway, Sweden and Finland, and the traditional final 2 races in Switzerland in October.  In all there are 13 events, and athletes’ total scores will be calculated as the sum of all scores in New Zealand and on the Nordic Tour, plus the best 2 scores from the 3 World Championships finals together with the Middle Distance race in Switzerland, plus the score for the Word Cup Final. Athletes have to run in all 5 events of the Nordic Tour to qualify for points from these events. There is a prize money ‘pot’ of 7,000 Euros to be divided amongst the first 6 in the overall women’s and men’s standings at the end of the series.

More information is available from the International Orienteering Federation and directly from the event website. You can get first hand accounts from Will and Carol on the Team Canada blog.

Go Carol and Will! We’re cheering for you.