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Reminder: Dec 31 deadline to apply for the High Performance Program

A reminder that the deadline to apply for the 2015 High Performance Program is December 31, 2014. Read this news item for more details.


Season's Greetings from Orienteering Canada


Athetes competing in WREs need to set up user account in Eventor


The IOF is requesting that all athletes who will be competing in World Ranking Events to set up an user account in Eventor. All the details to in order to set up the account are available here.

10th anniversary of the Vancouver Sprint Camp

Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club’s Sprint Camp is 10 years old! GVOC has a fabulous weekend planned (Feb 13-15, 2015), as always. If you sign up by December 14th, you get a 10th anniversary t-shirt!

In addition to the 2 new maps for Sprint Camp this year, GVOC will re-visit some favourite maps from the past 10 years. Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Director BRENT LANGBAKK to be the official Sprint Camp coach. Brent will organize all of the training sessions, be on hand to give coaching advice, and will present at both the Friday and Saturday night dinners.

There will be 6 races through out the weekend. 5 of these races will count for the “Best 4 of 5 races” cash prize. Remember, it’s never to late to start your training to be in with the chance of a cash prize (details on the website)!

In honour of our 10th year,there are fabulous t-shirts available. These t-shirts will be expertly designed by Sprint Camp’s biggest fan, Patrick Nuss. If you purchase the “all sessions” option, you’ll get a t-shirt thrown in! You can also purchase t-shirts through Zone 4. The ordering deadline is December 14th; we’ll order extras, but we cannot guarantee sizes or availability, so really you just need to sign up before December 14!


  • All sessions (includes 10th anniversary t-shirt, excludes dinners and accommodation): $100
  • Friday only: $20
  • Saturday only: $50
  • Sunday only: $30
  • Single training session: $10
  • Accommodation: $30  Full
    HPP members can email alimcalison AT gmail DOT com and we’ll try to get you accommodation, no promises.
  • Dinner Friday/Saturday: $20/day
  • Additional t-shirts in advance of December 14th: $32
  • Additional t-shirts on the day (subject to availability): $35

You can register now at Zone4.

More information is available on the GVOC website.

Please email alimcalison AT gmail DOT com with any questions.

SPOTT 2015

SPOTT 2015

Here are links to various documents that SPOTT coordinator Adam Woods discussed with the 2015 SPOTT crew.

(note: Weeks 4 and 6 were Catching Features Session)

For those wishing to relive the 2014 World Orienteering Championships in Italy, here are videos of:

For those looking for an entertaining orienteering themed video, check out:






Sass Peepre Orienteering Training for Teens

SPOTT 2015 – Sass Peepre Orienteering Training for Teens

SPOTT 2015 is an on-line program for orienteers aged 13 – 18. SPOTT builds smarter, more prepared orienteers through off-season, on-line discussions, activities, games and mentoring. SPOTT also seeks to expand the teen athlete’s orienteering community by extending the opportunity to interact with orienteers of like ages from just summer to year-round.

SPOTT aims to facilitate the goals of teen orienteers in whatever role you seek, be it athlete (HPP or other), coach, event organizer, or mapper, as you continue to grow in orienteering. SPOTT 2015 will provide coaching, training and mentoring. SPOTT will include some exposure to mapping, coaching, course setting and event organization.

Athletes in the SPOTT program will meet on-line about once every 2 weeks for one hour from January through June. These sessions will include discussions, map study, guest speakers, Catching Features games, and other orienteering training activities. In addition, SPOTT will use a variety of social networking tools to develop a nation-wide community of juniors who want to actively pursue orienteering. Where possible, the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee will identify local mentors who are willing to assist with outdoor training for SPOTT participants in May and June.

The program fee is $80 ($65 for additional siblings in the same household), which will help defray the costs of program preparation and delivery. Sass Peepre funds will cover the remaining program costs.

Further details about the SPOTT 2015 program will be available by the end of December. If you might be interested in participating in SPOTT, please contact Marsha Fehr (mfehr AT telusplanet DOT net). If you would be willing to be a guest speaker or mentor, please contact Kitty Jones (kittyjones AT shaw DOT ca).

Questions? Contact any of the members of the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee: Lori H (New Brunswick), Anne T (Ottawa), Eugene M (Toronto), Kitty J, Karen M & Marsha F (Calgary).

2015 High Performance Program Athlete Handbook now available

The 2015 High Performance Program (HPP) Athlete Handbook has been published on the HPP page. The Athlete Handbook provides information about what Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program does and how to apply to become a member in 2015. It includes information about the new HPP coaching structure as well as preliminary information about 2015 training camps.

It also includes information for athletes interested in being considered for the 2015 Junior World Orienteering Championships and the World Orienteering Championships in 2015. The WOC selection process will be updated as the details of the spring selection races are confirmed.

The Handbook is written by Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee and is approved by the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors.