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The Guardian: Orienteering-Not-As-You-Know-It

April Orienteering Canada newsletter now available

April 2013 newsletter header

You’ll find the April issue of the Orienteering Canada newsletter here. This issue is focused on junior orienteering.

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Orienteering Canada introduces two Assistant Executive Directors

Orienteering Canada’s Board of Directors is excited to announce that two part-time Assistant Executive Directors have been hired. Tracy Bradley and James Richardson will be working closely with volunteer Executive Director Charlotte MacNaughton to help Orienteering Canada’s Board of Directors, various committees and the associations to clubs to achieve the goals set out in the organization’s strategic plan.

Both Tracy and James live in the Ottawa area.

Tracy grew up in the sport of gymnastics and lacrosse and spent 13 years as head coach and program director of one of Canada’s largest gymnastics facility.  Tracy then went on to pursue a post graduate in sport business management and working at Swimming Canada in club development and NCCP.  While at Swimming Canada Tracy was heavily involved in the program development and implementation of the Club Excellence program and went across the country engaging communities and various local, provincial and national sport organizations on the benefits of improving systems and processes within their clubs.  Tracy is currently working at Diving Canada as Manager of National programs and is actively involved with coaching education.

Tracy will initially focus on coaching, officials and club development.

James is passionate about orienteering, it’s in his blood and he believes it should be Canada’s national sport. His father was a driving force of Newfoundland orienteering in the 1970’s and 80’s and James grew up with summer holidays centered on the Canadian Championships. After many years away he returned to the sport in 2009 and quickly became involved at all levels.  James serves as treasurer of Orienteering Ontario. As a member of Ottawa Orienteering Club he has been a competitor, board member, course setter and currently co-serves as their publicity director; significantly increasing the recognition of the sport in Ottawa. In his “spare” time James runs a professional non-profit theatre company which he started 12 years ago.

James will initially focus on communications.

Please join us in welcoming James and Tracy as Assistant Executive Directors.

April 8 deadline to declare intend to try for 2013 WOC team

It appears there was a systemic problem with awareness regarding the deadline to submit intent for the 2013 WOC team. No emails had been received by the morning of April 1, 2013. The High Performance Committee has decided to extend the deadline until end of day Monday April 8, 2013.

From the 2013 Athlete Handbook:

Step 1 – Confirmation of Intent – deadline April 1, 2013 (extended to April 8, 2013)

The athlete is to send an email to Orienteering Canada ( to confirm his/her intent to try out for the Team Canada for WOC 2013

The athlete will provide a one-page document outlining (Word or pdf) format (DISCRETION*)

  • his/her orienteering accomplishments (both training and racing) in the 2012 year
  • his/her training and race accomplishments from Jan to March 2013
  • an outline of his/her training and race plans leading to WOC 2013.