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Athlete Profile: Forest Pearson


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) .


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