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Athlete Profile: Roan McMillan

Born 1997
Hometown Vancouver, British Columbia
Currently living North Vancouver, British Columbia
Club Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

How did you do in the 2013 Canadian Orienteering Championships?

  • Sprint – 7th M17-20
  • Long – 6th M17-20
  • Middle – 7th M17-20

Which of your 2013 result(s) are you most proud of, and why?
I am most proud of the Queen Elizabeth Park race in the Vancouver Sprint Camp, because it was my most flawless and smooth race I have run, and I was proud how I compared to the other competitors.

What races are on your 2014 calendar?
COCs, WCOCs, Vancouver Sprint Camp, Barebones, local events

What race/races are you most excited about for 2014?
I am most excited about the Vancouver Sprint Camp, because the sprint is my favourite distance, and I get to run in the city that I live in.

What is your favourite post-race indulgence?
I love eating pasta after a race.

What are your 2014 goals outside of orienteering?
My goals are to continue getting good grades in my grade 11 year, get a job, and have fun :)
 

Athlete Profile: Louise Oram

Photo credit: World of O

Born 1984
Hometown Vancouver, British Columbia
Currently living Oslo, Norway
Club Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club
Occupation Scientific Programmer, lecturer
Training log Attackpoint

 

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Racing NAOC back in North America, as I have missed the sense of community of the events in NA.

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

Tiomila, and hopefully some other fun relays.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Hmm… I want to go back to the karst terrain in Slovenia, and also maybe orienteering on the French coast or in the rocks near Fontainebleau (the combination with French food makes this tempting).

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

When I visit other countries, I like to see if I can find bubble tea…

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Develop my career. Learn more Norwegian.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Being more aggressive in races.

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

Currently helping with our club’s attempt to get more people active outdoors in their own neighbourhood. “Stolpejakten” – which is a large area with easy posts we put out with QR codes and you can get a really big map and find as many as you want.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Work on developing good habits early, like folding the map and looking at/using the compass often. Also, try to analyze your races and trainings – try to get to the root of what types of mistakes are you making, but also give yourself credit for what you did well.

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

Analyzing races (using GPS, or just drawing my route on the map). Looking at maps of areas where races will be and visualizing controls.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

Before WOC 2016 I tried to do more tempo runs in the terrain, even with different speed people the faster ones can zig zag a bit and others can cut. Good to work on running technique in the terrain.

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

Trying to use GPS more to analyze my races, particularly nice now when more and more races seem to be using livelox. For example:

https://www.livelox.com/Viewer/T-ffen/Herrer-T-ffen?classId=55286                                 

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

Athlete Profile: Damian Konotopetz

Born 1990
Hometown Winnipeg, Manitoba
Currently living Calgary, Alberta
Club Coureurs de Bois
Occupation Athlete
Training log Attackpoint
Twitter Handle @dkonotopetz
Blog URL Damian Konotopetz

 

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

WUOC Middle, WOC Sprint, NAOC

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

WOC

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

WOC Sprint Final

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I use to short track speed skate.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Get full time employment. Run 33min for 10km.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

I am always looking to improve my map reading speed and compass.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering.

When I have some free time I try and organize some events and update some of my favorite maps.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Your compass and map are the most important things. The running will just happen naturally but the navigation won’t.

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

Analysing my training/racing with my gps on quickroute.

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

Athlete Profile: Michael Svoboda

Born 1999
Hometown Calgary, Alberta
Currently living Calgary, Alberta
Club Foothill Wanderers Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint
Blog Michael Svoboda

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Best Canadian male result at JWOC 2016 for the Middle distance (17th B-final). Third place at NAOC 2016 (first Canadian male)

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

JWOC.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

WOC Middle, Long, and Sprint

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

Physics is interesting and super practical.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Have my acceptance finalized to the UofC, make finals at Canadian Bouldering Nationals

What orienteering techniques are you currently working on to improve?

Overspeed orienteering, Flow, Concentration, Speed Adaptation, Map Reading, Map Contact, Compass

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

I make ISSOM sprint maps. Also I’m on the FWOC Mapping Committee.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Start early and be in a place with lots of young orienteers so that you have fun.

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

Never Stopping orienteering, 1st Control Training, Traffic Orienteering

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

Orienteering intervals – Several short courses (alternatively parts of a long course) which I run at race pace, with breaks between each course.

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

Attackpoint, Garmin GPS watch, OCAD, Condes

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

Athlete Profile: Kerstin Burnett

Kerstin Burnett - photo credit_World of O

Born 1992
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Uppsala, Sweden
Club Yukon Orienteering Associaton/OK Linne
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint
Twitter Handle @yukonkerstin

What was your final placing in the 2013 Canada Cup Elite Series standings?
I was living in Europe and so did not participate in any Canada Cup races this year.

What were your top race results for 2013?

  • World Orienteering Championships (Finland)
    • Long Qualification 3: 21 of 24
    • Middle Qualification 1: 18 of 28
    • Relay (team placing): 20 of 26
  • XXV Trofeo Internacional Costa Cálida (Spain)
    • Long (WRE): 8 of 14
  • Danish Spring (Denmark)
    • “Chase” (WRE): 18 of 30
  • Nordic Tour part 1 (Norway)
    • Sprint (World Cup): 55 of 55
    • Middle (World Cup): 52 of 54
  • Tallinn O Week (Estonia)
    • Final (2-day total): 5 of 11
  • O-Ringen (Sweden)
    • D21K overall result (5-day total): 7 of 140

How did you do in the 2013 Canadian Orienteering Championships?
I was living in Sweden, and didn’t attend the COCs

Which of your 2013 result(s) are you most proud of, and why?
I am most proud of my Middle Q at WOC. I only just missed qualifying for the finals, and I had a good race – I met my tactical/technical goals, and I felt that I was focused and moving well. I was also very pleased with most of my races at O-Ringen. I ran in the D21 Short category so that I would not feel too pressured, and the result was that I enjoyed the races and was able to push myself physically and technically, without getting too worn out or getting anxious about results, and I ended up placing well anyway.

What races are on your 2014 calendar?
I am in Europe all spring and summer, so I hope to get to many races from World Cups in Spain and Turkey, to the WOC (Italy) and JWOC (Bulgaria) public races, as well as local and national races in Sweden. It would be awesome to do some of the big relays again too – 10Mila and Jukola/Venla. I plan to be back in time for Canadians and North Americans.

Which race(s) are you most excited about in 2014?
I am looking forward to the Silva league races in Sweden, as they will provide some tough technical courses, and I am really excited about the terrain for Antalya O Days/World Cup in Turkey.

What is your favourite post-race indulgence?
Immediately after a race, I like sparkling water. I know some people will think that is crazy – I’ve heard many complaints when the available water is sparkling not still, but I love the feeling of it when I am thirsty and exhausted.

What are your 2014 goals outside of orienteering?
I want to travel as much as I can while in Europe, and become more confident in foreign situations and in interactions with unfamiliar people.
 

Athlete Profile: Caelan McLean

Born 1997
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Whitehorse, Yukon
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint
Personal Sponsors Rudy Project

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

One of my highlights from the 2016 season was running the last leg in Jukola. My leg was 16.6 km long with 36 controls, which was by far the longest orienteering race I had ever done.

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

The races I am most excited about for 2017 are the Junior Worlds in Finland.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

WUOC and Swiss O-Week

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I play the piano.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Some of my 2017 goals outside of orienteering are qualify for Junior Worlds in cross country skiing in January and compete at them later that month. Also be top 5 for my age in the country at the cross country ski nationals in March.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Visualization and route choice.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering.

I help with local meets.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

The tip I would give to a beginner or intermediate orienteer is not be too hard on yourself. Every orienteer makes mistakes out on course, it’s just about minimizing. Both in number and in length.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

One of my favourite training exercises is relay training, where you have forked legs for 3 or 4 controls and then meet up and switch maps and do it again.

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

Athlete Profile: Emily Ross

Emily Ross

Born 1992
Hometown Moncton, New Brunswick
Currently living Vancouver, British Columbia
Club Orienteering New Brunswick – Falcons
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What was your final placing in the 2013 Canada Cup Elite Series standings?
24th

What was your best result in the 2013 Canada Cup Elite Series?
My best result in a Canada Cup Elite Series race was the Canadian Orienteering Championships long, where I was the 8th Canadian.

What was your best race in the 2013 Canada Cup Elite Series?
I love the Canadian Orienteering Championships. It’s a high quality competition with a fun, social atmosphere. Plus it’s also nice to see a different part of Canada.

How did you do in the 2013 Canadian Orienteering Championships?

  • Sprint – 13th W21E
  • Middle – 12th W21E
  • Long – 11th W21E

Which of your 2013 result(s) are you most proud of, and why?
I was happiest with my COC middle race. I thought I had good a smooth race and really enjoyed myself. I did almost beat my sister in the COC long though…

What races are on your 2014 calendar?
The Canadian Orienteering Championships and hopefully the North American Orienteering Championships!

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2014?
The Canadian Orienteering Championships should be a lot of fun as always and they are in my current backyard!

What is your favourite post-race indulgence?
I’m a huge fan of ice cream.

What are your 2014 goals outside of orienteering?
To make some significant progress on my master’s degree.
 

Athlete Profile: Serghei Logvin

Serghei Logvin

Born 1991
Hometown Chisinau, Moldova
Currently living Oakville, Ontario
Club DontGetLost Adventure Running
Occupation Athlete, Free Thinker :)
List of personal sponsors Core Wellness Chiropractic Centre

What was your final placing in the 2013 Canada Cup Elite Series standings?
3rd

What was your best result in the 2013 Canada Cup Elite Series?
Nationals Middle Gold

What was your best race in the 2013 Canada Cup Elite Series?
Ottawa O-Fest Prologue Middle distance. Awesome terrain, and it gave me great pleasure to run this race. The forest was majestic during the rain.

What were your top race results for 2013?
I’d spent 6 months in Europe in 2013, so ran countless races in different countries. However, none of them were result-oriented, rather the aim was to gain experience and see what the World-class elite level is like. Perhaps some of the better ones were:
Portugal O Meeting Day 2 Middle
Portugal O Meeting Day 4 Chase Long
O-Ringen 2013 Day 4 Middle distance

How did you do in the 2013 Canadian Orienteering Championships?

  • Sprint – 3rd M21E
  • Middle – 1st M21E
  • Long – 2nd M21E

Which of your 2013 result(s) are you most proud of, and why?
Andalucia O Meeting 2013 Prologue. I felt this was a breakthrough race for me.

What races are on your 2014 calendar?
I’m still considering my options.

What is your favourite post-race indulgence?
Fruit ;)

What are your 2014 goals outside of orienteering?
Continue developing physically, spiritually and emotionally, and to learn more about myself and the world.