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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

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