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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:                                 


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

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