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COC 2014 media coverage

Click below to read the full version of the July 31, 2014 coverage in Whistler’s Pique Newsmagazine of upcoming Canadian Orienteering Championships



Leadership Transition at Orienteering Canada

Charlotte MacNaughton has been the Executive Director (ED) on a volunteer basis since the early 2000s and has decided to transition out of the ED role and focus on other priorities. Effective August 1, 2014, Tracy Bradley will be the Executive Director of Orienteering Canada.

Tracy will be working 20 hours/week for Orienteering Canada as the ED, with her primary focus on Orienteering Canada’s operational priorities. Tracy will be working closely with the Board to ensure that we are functioning well administratively and moving forward on our strategic plan objectives. She will also work with the committees, with her primary focus initially dedicated to the coaching and officials committees. Tracy has been the assistant ED for over a year now. Tracy’s experience with many other sports at the national level: diving, swimming, gymnastics, etc, is a great asset for us.

The Board is also working with the High Performance Committee with plans to hire a part-time High Performance Director starting in the fall.

Charlotte will continue her volunteer involvement with Orienteering Canada. She will be responsible for the communications, sponsorship and fund development portfolios with a longer term goal of creating productive committees to work in these areas. She will also be our international relations liaison and will continue to assist Tracy and the new Board with the transition. Charlotte with also continue her involvement on various committees: governance; high performance; celebration, awards & recognition.

The Orienteering Canada Board is extremely grateful to the thousands of volunteer hours that Charlotte has devoted to Orienteering Canada, and we are pleased that she is willing to maintain her volunteer connection to Orienteering Canada. We are also excited to have Tracy as our Executive Director and we look forward to working with her in that role as we continue our efforts to move the sport forward in Canada.

Jelly Bean fundraiser at the COCs

Here’s a fun way to raise a few extra dollars for Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program. Buy tickets Friday and Saturday at the COCs to guess how many jelly beans are in this container and the closest guess wins the jelly beans and an Orienteering Canada buff.

Tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. You can get them at registration on Friday, at Saturday’s event and at the Banquet Saturday evening. Contest closes at the end of the banquet.

Here are some pictures so that you can start your calculating…

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JWOC 2014 gets underway


The 2014 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Bulgaria starts on July 22nd.

  • Tuesday July 22 – sprint final
  • Wednesday July 23 – long final
  • Friday July 25 – middle qualification
  • Saturday July 26 – middle final
  • Sunday July 27 – relay

The Canadian team consists of:

Pia Blake (Whitehorse, YT)
Emma Sherwood (Calgary, AB)

Alexander Bergstrom (Ottawa, ON)
Trevor Bray (Whitehorse, YT)
Robbie Graham (Ottawa, ON)
Michael Svoboda (Calgary, AB)
Adam Woods (Coquitlam, BC)

Team Leader: Stefan Bergstrom
Coach: Raphael Ferrand

Here is how to follow the team:

Impact magazine - orienteering to increase training diversity


Super to see orienteering listed a a great activity to increase one’s training diversity in this article in Impact Magazine written by well respected coach Cal Zaryski of Critical Speed in Calgary, AB.

7 great ways to diversify your training routine

By Calvin Zaryski

As an endurance racer for more than 30 years, I know keeping the motivation from season to season can be challenging. Even as a triathlete, the same old swimming, biking and running gets stale. Here are a few activities that can recharge your batteries and add some much-needed diversity to your training patterns. Changing your routine can build new motor skills and strengthen your mental toughness and satisfaction as an athlete.

When you choose to diversify your training, start slow, seek professional guidance and keep it fun. My aim this year is to try fun events such as obstacle runs and cyclocross and to dabble in group circuit training. It’s going to be a good year.

Trail running with a twist offers so many benefits. Humans naturally connect well with nature and silence. Add in some map reading and cerebral effort and you have a winner. Variable terrain offers amazing fitness benefits, great agility and coordination with total mental focus on being in the moment. Ankle, knee and hip strength will benefit without the impact forces present in road running. Throw in some friendly competition and pressure and you have a great sport.

Other activities on the list:

  • golf
  • high altitude hiking
  • tennis
  • obstacle course racing
  • group conditioning classes
  • soccer

from Impact Magazine July/August 2014


A great day for Canada at WOC

A great day for Canada at the World Orienteering Championships in Italy. All 3 athletes competing at WOC today either tied or improved their personal bests.

Emily Kemp (Ottawa) finished the Middle Distance final with her usual big smile and the third best ever placing by a Canadian at a WOC Final. Her brilliant 11th place goes with Sandy Hott’s 9th in Japan, and Ted de St Croix’s 10th in Australia.  Louise Oram (Vancouver) also had a fantastic race, matching her individual best WOC result with 28th.  Eric Kemp (Ottawa) ran a strong race, finishing a very respectable 55th, just 12 minutes behind.

WOC ends tomorrow with the two relay races. Canada’s women will be looking for a strong race, with Emily & Louise being joined by Tori Owen (Calgary). The Men’s team will be Eric Kemp, Robbie Anderson (Ottawa), and Will Critchley (Edmonton).

Good luck team, and thanks for all the great & exciting performances at WOC 2104.


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2014 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.

2014 Conference Details
Aug 1-4, 2014
Sessions are in conjunction with the 2014 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 Orienteering Canada (such as electing board members, making changes to the by-laws, 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: Multipurpose room at Millennium Place, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
When: Friday Aug 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Orienteering Canada – informal Board meeting
The newly elected Board will meet informally right after the AGM
Where: Multipurpose room at Millennium Place, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
When: Friday Aug 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm after the AGM

Silent Auction
Join us Saturday evening at the Banquet 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!
Where: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
When: Saturday evening Aug 2

Creating a connected coaching community- The role of the Coaching Association of Canada,  Orienteering Canada and creating an aligned coaching system
Questions about the new NCCP?  How it all works and where you fit in?  We will share our current status, where we are in development, where we are going and how you can participate into a larger coach/ sport community.
Where: Multipurpose room at Millennium Place, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
When: Sunday Aug 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Junior Development in Canada: What direction(s) should it take?
This is an opportunity for general discussion about a number of things pertinent to junior development in Canada, including, but not limited to, grass roots development, support of junior athletes who become interested in competitive orienteering, and fostering connections between junior orienteers across the country. If you have an interested in junior development in Canada, please join us at this session.
Where: Multipurpose room at Millennium Place, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
When: Sunday Aug 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

High Performance Orienteering Discussion
Please join the High Performance Committee to discuss our short and long terms ideas and plans to move Canadian elite orienteering forward. Please bring your ideas and suggestions.
Where: Multipurpose room at Millennium Place, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
When: When: Monday Aug 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

PechaKucha – orienteering style
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 different presenters on a wide range of orienteering related topics. Each presentation will be short and sweet. We last did this in Edmonton 2 years ago and it was a lot of fun! Are you interested in doing a presentation? If so, contact Charlotte (info AT orienteering DOT ca).
Where: Multipurpose room at Millennium Place, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
When: Monday Aug 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm