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Contract job opportunity: Sass Peepre On-line Training

Contract Job Opportunity for an Experienced Orienteer
Part?time for Feb 20 through April 2013

SASS PEEPRE ONLINE TRAINING
ASSISTANT COORDINATOR

Goal: To assist, on an occasional basis, with delivering an online training series to the new pre-HPP Youth Squad

The Sass Peepre Committee has hired a coordinator to deliver online training to a group of pre-HPP juniors ages 14-16. The online training sessions will begin in mid-February and continue until approximately late April. They will be weekly and will include discussions, presentations, map analysis sessions, etc.

An assistant is required to deliver the program approximately 3 separate weeks (when the coordinator is unavailable) during the 10-week series.

The time commitment will be a total of 15 hours. This will involve 3-5 hours for each session, to include preparation in advance, leading the skype session for two (2) separate groups (maximum 8 participants per group), and recording what was discussed at the session.

The wage will be $20/hour.

Interested persons should email a letter of interest, including relevant background, to Kitty Jones at kittyjones@shaw.ca by February 18, 2013.

2013 High Performance Program Athletes announced

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is proud to announce 26 athletes to the High Performance Program for 2013. They are (in alphabetical order):

Adam Woods, Coquitlam, BC
Alexander Bergstrom, Ottawa, ON
Angela Forseille, Williams Lake, BC
Carol Ross, Moncton, NB
Damian Konotopetz, Winnipeg, MB
Darius Konotopetz, Winnipeg, MB
Emily Kemp, Ottawa, ON
Emily Ross, Moncton, NB
Eric Kemp, Ottawa, ON
Forest Pearson, Whitehorse, YT
Graeme Rennie, North Vancouver, BC
Jeff Teutsch, Ottawa, ON
Jennifer MacKeigan, Whitehorse, YT
Kendra Murray, Whitehorse, YT
Kerstin Burnett, Whitehorse, YT
Louise Oram, Vancouver, BC
Molly Kemp, Ottawa, ON
Patrick Goeres, Winnipeg, MB
Pia Blake, Whitehorse, YT
Robbie Anderson, Ottawa, ON
Robert Graham, Ottawa, ON
Serghei Logvin, Oakville, ON
Silken Kleer, Lee Creek, BC
Tori Owen, Calgary, AB
Trevor Bray, Whitehorse, YT
Will Critchley, Edmonton, AB

You can view individual athlete profiles (updated for 2013) here. You can also follow the athletes on the Team Canada Blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter @OrienteeringCAN. Please feel free to add comments of congratulations and encouragement to our athletes on any one of these pages!

JWOC 2013 Team Announcement press release

JWOC2013_logo

The press release regarding the 2013 Canadian team to the Junior World Orienteering Championships is available here.

Athlete Profile: Forest Pearson

ForestPearson

Born 1973
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Whitehorse, Yukon
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Geological Engineer
Training log Attackpoint
Blog forestpearson

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.  
5th in 2012 COC Long during a very hot and grueling race.

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.

  • This year’s COC Long result (see above)
  • Running for Canada in two JWOC’s, especially running on the Canadian relay teams
  • COC gold medal in M19-20 in 1991!

What is your first orienteering memory?
Trying a “pseudo-orienteering” event put on by our teacher in Grade 3 in Inuvik, NWT.  I remember thinking it was a really cool adventure thing to do and wished I could do more.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
I think running in O-Ringen is still one of the most amazing orienteering experience.  The size of the event is just awesome – 8 different finish chutes!

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?  
Lewes Lake, Yukon!  (maybe still excited about it because there is still so much new terrain)

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
The Andalucía  Sun-O Week that Ross and Kirsten Burnett are going to look pretty sweet right now.

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share.
Being the meet director and pulling off two great races for Yukon Championships this year at Lewes Lake – and getting them sanctioned as Canada Cup races.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Brent Langbakk – because he is here, he works hard and is dedicated, and is the most knowledgeable high-performance  O-coach that I’ve ever had the opportunity to be coached by.

What races are on your 2013 calendar?

  • Vancouver Sprint Camp
  • US Individual Championships in Glen Falls, NY
  • WOC if I’m lucky!
  • COC’s in October

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?

  • Mountain Biking (or snow biking in the winter)
  • “Running” with the Hash House Harriers

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Waffles, especially on long race days.

Tell us something that we might not know about you..
In 2011 I designed and built the home in the Yukon to be certified as environmentally sustainable by the Canada Green Building Council (LEED Gold Certified) .

 

Athlete profile: Silken Kleer

SilkenKleer

Born 1995
Hometown Lee Creek / Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Lee Creek / Salmon Arm, BC
Club Sage
Occupation Student

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
Participating in WCOC and COC.

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
Participating in WCOC and COC.

What is your first orienteering memory?
Orienteering with my x-c ski coach outside of Kamloops.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
Early on in my race for the WCOC long, I made a huge mistake, but I liked how afterwards, I felt confident pretty much the rest of the course, rather than getting totally discouraged.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Not yet!

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Anywhere with beautiful mountains, not so much for the orienteering, but because I could enjoy the scenery.

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share
Going to Quebec for the x-c ski nationals!

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
I would love to be coached by someone who orienteered when orienteering was just getting started so I could learn how things have changed and what techniques have been present throughout orienteering’s history.

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
The Sage Stomp is the only race I know I will do for sure.

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
X-C Skiing!

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
I almost always have oatmeal with granola for breakfast.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I have to commute an hour to get to school, the ski hill, or Sage club activities – but at least I can train by running at home.

Athlete profile: Robbie Graham

Born 1996
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Ottawa, ON
Club Ottawa Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint
Twitter @thekilograham

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Competing at the junior world orienteering championships in Switzerland, specifically anchoring the Canadian team during the relay. A really great week of competition for my last year as a junior.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

Canadian orienteering champs right here at home! Maybe the ski-O world cup in Vermont too.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Tiomila. I survived Jukola this year so it should be a breeze.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I can do a headstand for a really long time. Ask me to do one next time you see me.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Compete with my university nordic ski team.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Visualization, such a useful skill to know what you’re going to see before you actually see it. It’s like being a wizard.

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

I run the Orienteering Ottawa Instagram account and am on the club’s publicity committee.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Don’t use a baseplate compass unironically.

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

Visualization, meditation, and relaxation, all the good stuff that brings you to a higher plan of existence.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

Control picking. I love the high intensity, high concentration aspect of it.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, gps watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites.

I’ve recently started doing Catching Features sessions with my club and it’s great to get some training in during the cold harsh winter months.

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Robbie is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program.