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National Orienteering Week May 4-12

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National Orienteering Week is the perfect time to try orienteering. Clubs across Canada are hosting events for newcomers! See the event listing here and come on out!

“We are so lucky to have National Orienteering Week in Canada to kick-start the season across the country! Not only does it allow us to connect with each other but it’s a fantastic way to introduce this spectacular sport to others, young and old. Happy National Orienteering Week to everyone!”
– Emily Kemp, 2012 Junior World Orienteering Championships, bronze medalist

Below is the link to the national press release.

2013 Orienteering Canada Conference

The Orienteering Canada 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 Orienteering Canada and to contribute your ideas and energy.

2013 Conference Details
Oct 11 – 13, 2013
Sessions are in conjunction with the 2013 Canadian Orienteering Championships.

The Orienteering Canada 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: Rooms W112/113 in the David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC) at McMaster University
When: Friday Oct 11. 2013 – 8:00 pm

Presentation #1: Great Nutrition and Orienteering Well – What’s the Connection?
GHO’s Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky will be giving us the latest scoop on nutrition do’s and dont’s for orienteering athletes.
Where: Ancaster Community Centre
When: Saturday Oct 12, 2013 – 2:00 – 2:30 pm

Presentation #2: Adventure Running Kids: How GHO built an ARK!
GHO’s Mike Waddington will be talking about the evolution of their very successful Adventure Running Kids program.
Where: Ancaster Community Centre
When: Saturday Oct 12, 2013 – 3:15 – 3:45 pm

Silent Auction
Join us Saturday afternoon for the always fun silent auction. This is a key fundraiser for Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program. Please consider donating an item to the auction – and have fun bidding on the great items! We’ll wrap up on the bidding just before the awards ceremony at 4:30.
Where: Ancaster Community Centre
When: Saturday afternoon Oct 12, 2013

Workshop: Brainstorming Junior Development across Canada
(to be confirmed pending space availability)
The Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee will be leading this brainstorming session on youth programming in Canada with an emphasis on developing a mentor network across the country.
Where: Ancaster Community Centre
When: Saturday Oct 12, 2013 – 5:15 – 6:00 pm (will start right after the awards presentations)

*PechaKucha – orienteering style  – CANCELLED
(The Pecha Kucha session has been cancelled) 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.

2013 Annual General Meeting

Friday Oct 11, 2013
8:00 pm
Rooms W112/113 in the David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC) at McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario

The AGM is the one time of year when all the members of Orienteering Canada (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).

2013 AGM documents:

(other documents and links for the above will be added here as they are available)

Other documents of interest:

2012 AGM information

Voting delegates confirmed to date:

BC  Marg Ellis
Yukon  Forest Pearson
Alberta  Kim Kasperski
Manitoba  Jennifer Hamilton
Ontario  Michael Johnston
Quebec  Caroline Phillips
New Brunswick  Harold McQuade
Nova Scotia  Pam James

NOMINATIONS
The position of Treasurer (2 year term), and 2 members at large of the Board (2 year terms) will be up for election. Nominations received:

Dave Graupner for Treasurer – nominated by MOA and seconded by OABC
Bruce Rennie for Member at large – nominated be OABC and seconded by YOA
Forest Pearson for Member at large – nominated by YOA and seconded by AOA

NEW BUSINESS

1) motion to accept by-law amendments

2) proposal regarding team selection

  • submission
  • The Orienteering Canada Board of Directors does not support this proposal. The response from the Board explaining why they do not support this proposal is here.

National Volunteer Week: saluting the volunteers that make orienteering happen

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Orienteering in Canada would not exist without the thousands and thousands of hours that volunteers put in to making the sport happen every year. It’s National Volunteer Week and the perfect time to say thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Confirmation of Intent for 2013 World Orienteering Championships (WOC)

These athletes have indicated that they wish to be considered for selection to the 2013 WOC team:

Robbie Anderson
Will Critchley
Nick Duca
Damian Konotopetz
Eric Kemp
Serghei Logvin
Forest Pearson
Jeff Teutsch
Jon Torrance

Kerstin Burnett
Emily Kemp
Kendra Murray
Louise Oram

You can find more information about the selection process in the Athlete Handbook.

Rising Stars article From Hamilton Scores

Article regarding Serghei Logvin and Emily Kemp winning Orienteering Canada’s Rising Stars award

2013 Rising Star award winners announced

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is pleased to announce that Emily Kemp and Serghei Logvin are the winners of the 2013 Rising Stars Award.

You can read the details about the award, including Emily and Serghei’s thoughts about winning the award in the press release below.

Thanks to the selection committee members: Alison Price, Marion Owen and Hans Fransson.

 

Orienteering Canada announces Toni Louhisola as 2013 WOC coach

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is delighted to announce that Toni Louhisola has been appointed as the volunteer Canadian National Team Coach for the 2013 World Orienteering Championships. Toni will work with senior athletes selected to represent Canada at the World Orienteering Championships in Vuokatti, Finland this summer.

Toni brings a wealth of coaching experience, including 4 years as Lead Coach for the Great Britain National Orienteering Team. He is a level 3 coach certified by the Finnish Orienteering Federation. Toni was ranked top Finnish junior in 1996, and ranked in the top 20 orienteers in the world in 2004.

You can read the press release below. Toni’s profile is available here.

Please join us in welcoming Toni to the Orienteering Canada community.

Coach Profile: Toni Louhisola

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Hometown Kirkkonummi, Finland
Currently living Helsinki, Finland
Club TuMe
Occupation Coach, Entrepreneur, Student

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
The big victory is still to come!

What is your first orienteering memory?
I was around 10 years old and our neighbour did orienteering. He used to run to work and back five days a week. It was 18 kilometers one way. From the beginning it was clear to me that orienteering is a tough sport.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
There are many – the best stories have good characters who struggle in the beginning. They navigate through various challenges until the hard work starts paying off and they enjoy success and friendship.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Plenty of good areas around the world – but to name one area: Southern coast of Finland in the spring time is still great.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Can not wait to fly to Canada.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Walter/Wayne Gretzky or Jari Litmanen. Would be interested in learning from them.

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
Tiomila, Jukola, WOC, Nighthawk in August near Oslo

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Xc-skiing, cycling/mtb, hopefully getting into surfing

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Some porridge or a banana, coffee.

Tell us something that we might not know about you…
I am left footed and right handed.

 

Coach Profile: Brent Langbakk

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Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Whitehorse, Yukon
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation College English Instructor
Training log Attackpoint
Blog www.langbakk.com

Please list your proudest 2012 orienteering moment.
JWOC Women’s Relay 13th. All of the athletes performed really well.

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
YOA Junior Program. Being the first Athletes’ Rep and helping establish the HPP.

What is your first orienteering memory?
I didn’t start orienteering until I was 29 and I was a decent runner. It’s not the very first but one of my earliest memories was running Ontario Relay Champs with GHO. Somehow Mike Waddington found out the first leg wasn’t forked so he told me to follow Mark Tarnopolsky around the course. At one point Mark made a small mistake and stopped to relocate. I just stood there and waited for him to figure it out. I had no idea where we were. Mark tagged off first and I tagged off second about 2 steps behind him.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
As a coach, it was watching Emily Kemp finish 3rd in the JWOC long. As an athlete WOC was always special but running World Cup during Oringen in front of 15000 spectators was a unique experience.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Long Lake, Whitehorse. I have run on this map over a hundred times. Still if we have a meet there, I make a point of going.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Venice. The street race looks amazing. I am no longer seriously competing so it would be as much for the tourist experience.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Lars Lindstrøm and Olivier Coupat because they have done incredible things with their respective national team programs.

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
JWOC
Canadian Champs
Yukon Champs

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Cross-country skiing
Mountain biking
Badminton

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
I usually have cereal with banana and soy milk but I’m not that particular as long as I eat at least three hours before I race.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I represented Canada at WOC 5 times. I was Sport Yukon’s Coach of the Year in 2010.