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2015 High Performance Program Athletes

Orienteering Canada is pleased to announce the 21 athletes who make up the 2015 High Performance Program.

Junior Women:
Pia Blake
Emma Sherwood
Emma Waddington
Senior Women:
Emily Kemp
Jennifer MacKeigan

Louise Oram
Tori Owen
Junior Men:
Alexander Bergstrom
Leif Blake
Trevor Bray
Robbie Graham
Caelan Mclean
Jan-Erik Naess
Michael Svoboda
Senior Men:
Riel Allain
Robbie Anderson
Will Critchley
Eric Kemp
Graeme Rennie
Jeff Teutsch
Adam Woods

The 2015 list includes four new members: Reil, Leif, Emma W and Jan-Erik.

The High Performance Program (HPP) is designed specifically to support athletes who wish to achieve excellence in international orienteering. The HPP offers coaching support, training opportunities, and other benefits that will assist athletes in achieving their goals. The HPP includes athletes, but also the support system of volunteers and coaches as we try to encourage a broader community around our top athletes. The HPP supports athletes in the Learn to Compete, Train to Compete and Train to Win stages of Orienteering Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD). See the HPP page for more details.

Athlete Profile: Emma Waddington

Born  1998
Hometown Hamilton, ON
Currently living Hamilton, ON
Club DontGetLost
Occupation Student
Training log
Attackpoint
Twitter @_emmawaddington
Blog URL https://emma-w98.blogspot.com

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

In 2019 I am most looking forward to trying some new races in places that I’ve never been. I’m planning on attending a week of races in Arizona, and perhaps some other races in Europe, but I haven’t made plans yet! I am also looking forward to the middle distance at the World Champs in Norway, in claiming my personal spot.

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

There are so many to choose from! My favourite so far is likely the Swiss O Week in 2016! I’ve also enjoyed every JWOC I’ve attended for the past 4 years.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

There are a ton of crazy and different maps in Canada, but I think that everyone needs to try running on the Carp Ridge map in Ottawa, so much fun! A close second in the Rocky Ridge map near Hamilton.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

A few months out I will start altering my training in 2 ways: 1) my running and orienteering workouts get a little faster and more intense and 2) I make my training more specific to the conditions and terrain where the race will take place. For example, before the hot races of Hungary last year, I did some heat training in the months prior to JWOC.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I love being outdoors and adventuring! I love hiking, camping, paddling, cycling, photography and music.

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Emma W is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Jan-Erik Naess

Born  1998
Hometown Mississauga, ON,
Currently living Calgary, AB
Club FWOC, Fossum IF
Occupation Student
Training Log Attackpoint
Blog URL

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

This year I am most looking forward to running for my team at Jukola. Last year was my first time running this as a part of a proper team and I can’t wait to have another shot at it!

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

Definitely JWOC, each one has had the most incredible atmosphere which is fostered from hard work and dedication the year prior and though having the privilege to race among so many other enthusiastic and talented orienteers from all around the world. Every single one that I have competed in has been the highlight of my year.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Bow Valley here in Calgary. It’s a world class map filled with crazy negative contours, lots of climb, and extensive areas of vague terrain, all of which test even the best orienteer’s skills.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I spend lots of time beforehand mentally preparing by learning about the type of terrain that I’ll be running in and how to make smart route choices in it. Just before I begin my taper I try and have a set of prep races to help me get into the racing mindset. Coming into the race I taper my body and try to eat and rest well.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

Well I am studying Engineering at the University of Calgary and love learning about how the world works and how to make positive changes with the knowledge you have. As for hobbies I also enjoy going on hikes with my family in the summer and when I’m up at our family cottage fishing becomes my favourite escape. I also enjoy cross country skiing as a form of cross training.

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Jan Erik is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Leif Blake

Born 1999
Hometown Whitehorse, YT
Currently living Victoria, BC
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Student
Training Log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

NAOCs in my home turf of the Yukon are going to be a blast.

When did you start orienteering?

I would around 7 or 8 years old, even though I’d been out in the forest earlier.

What is your best orienteering memory?

Hearing Per Forsberg call my name as I ran into the arena during the Middle qualifier in Switzerland. Didn’t qualify, but his words still echo in my mind…

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

Middle distances are the most technically challenging, and while the long still takes you through the forest, at least the middle doesn’t leave you feeling sapped of life. Relays can be fun too.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

Don’t try to relocate for more than 30 seconds in the same spot.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

Nicola Manfredi

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

I’ve got to improve my compass bearings, particularly at speed.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

Graduate from the IB and move on to the next stage of the academic slog.

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Leif is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

2015 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.

2015 Conference Details
Aug 15-23, 2015
Sessions are in conjunction with the 2015 Canadian Orienteering Championships.

Silent Auction
Join us Sunday 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: Hillsborough Community Association
When: Sunday evening Aug 16, 2015

Coaching Workshop: Competition-Introduction
This will be the pilot course for Orienteering Canada’s newest level of our coaching program: Introduction to Competion. It will be approx 7 hours spread over the course of the week. Participation in all 3 sessions is required. Please consider taking this coaching course to develop your coaching repertoire. You do not need to be a trained Community Coach to qualify to take this workshop. Everyone with an interest in coaching (especially coaching juniors) are welcome. The cost of the workshop will be approximately $40. Ask your club or provincial association if they will sponsor you.
To register for this course, please email bill at wgacarto dot ca
Session #1
Where: Moncton, NB (Sobey’s Community Classroom at 55 Vaughan Harvey Blvd. Moncton, NB)
When: Saturday Aug 15 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Session #2
Where: Hillsborough, NB
When: Tuesday Aug 18 (10 – noon) during the Sass Peepre Jr Training Camp
Session #3
Where: Debert Hospitality Centre, Debert, NS
When: Friday Aug 21 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

The inside scoop on JWOC 2015
JWOC Athletes (ages 17-19) will describe their experiences competing for Canada July 4 to 10 in Rauland, Norway.
Where: Broadleaf Guest Ranch, 5526 New Brunswick 114, Riverside-Albert, NB E4H 4A3 (The location is 10 minutes’ drive south of Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park (site of HPP fundraiser on Monday morning) on Highway 114. It is just outside the village of Riverside-Albert.)
When: Monday Aug 17, 2015 at 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Insider’s Tip: why not book to have dinner at the Broadleaf restaurant that evening, before attending one or both of these presentations? Information and a menu can be found here. Reservations:
1-506-882-2349 (1-800 226-5405) or e-mail: info@broadleafranch.com.

The inside scoop on SPOTT 2015
Under the guidance of Adam Woods, SPOTT 2015 athletes (ages 13-15) will present some of the training tips they learned online with coach Adam, during the 2015 spring season SPOTT program.
SPOTT = Sass Peepre Orienteering Training for Teens
Where: Broadleaf Guest Ranch, 5526 New Brunswick 114, Riverside-Albert, NB E4H 4A3 (The location is 10 minutes’ drive south of Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park (site of HPP fundraiser on Monday morning) on Highway 114. It is just outside the village of Riverside-Albert.)
When: Tuesday Aug 18, 2015 at 7:00 – 7:45 pm

Insider’s Tip: why not book to have dinner at the Broadleaf restaurant that evening, before attending one or both of these presentations? Information and a menu can be found here. Reservations:
1-506-882-2349 (1-800 226-5405) or e-mail: info@broadleafranch.com.

Jr Programs Across Canada – a roundtable discussion
Join us for a discussion to share information about current jr programs across the country, as well as talking about ideas for furthering jr orienteering.
Where: Debert Hospitality Centre, Debert, NS
When: Friday Aug 21, 2015 at 8:00 – 9:00 pm

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: Debert Hospitality Centre, Debert, NS
When: Saturday Aug 22, 2015 at 4:00 – 6:00 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 have done this a few times and it is lots of fun! Are you interested in doing a presentation? If so, contact Anne Teutsch (president AT orienteering DOT ca).
Where: Debert Hospitality Centre, Debert, NS
When: Saturday Aug 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

 

2015 Annual General Meeting

Saturday 22nd August, 2015 4:00 pm Debert Hospitality Centre, Debert, NS The AGM is the one time of year when all the members of Orienteering Canada (the provincial/territorial associations) gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of the association (such as electing board members, making changes to the constitution, reviewing the financial statements, etc). 2015 AGM documents:

(other documents and links for the above will be added here as they are available) Other documents of interest:

2015 AGM information Voting delegates confirmed to date:

BC  Robyn Rennie
Yukon  Sabine Schweiger
Alberta  Kitty Jones
Manitoba  Jennifer Hamilton
Ontario  Ian Sidders
Quebec  Caroline Phillips
New Brunswick  Harold McQuade
Nova Scotia  Ashley Harding

NOMINATIONS

Dave Graupner for Treasurer – nominated by Manitoba and seconded by Ontario
Bruce Rennie for member-at-large – nominated by BC and seconded by Alberta
Stan Woods for member-at-large – nominated by BC and seconded by Alberta
Cheryl Smith for member-at-large – nominated by NS and seconded by NB

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Athlete Profile: Riel Allain

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Born 1992
Hometown Chealsea, QC
Currently living Freiburg, Germany (until August 2015)
Club Ottawa Orienteering/Gundelfinger TS
Occupation Student

Which of your 2014 result(s) are you most proud of and why?
If I had to choose, I had a good race in Constance Bay (it was a Ottawa Orienteering B-meet). It was a clean race, with no mistakes over 30 seconds.

What races are on your 2015 calendar?
Febuary: POM in Portugal
March 7-11: Lipica Open in Slovenia
March 21-22: Canal de Castilla in Spain
July: O-Ringen
Possibly more, but that is it for now… any suggestions?

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2015?
All of them, I have never raced in Europe before. I have never seen or participated in such massive events.

What is one place that you want to orienteer in, but haven’t had a chance to yet?
Switzerland- route choices, route choices, they are endless! And so many contour lines!

What is your favourite post-race indulgence?
Peanut butter and honey sandwich, this will be hard while living in Europe, as they do not like peanut butter as much as we do.

What goals do you have for 2015, outside of orienteering?
Perfect my German, travel around Europe, meet new people, get good grades and have fun!

February 2015 newsletter published

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The latest issue of the Orienteering Canada newsletter is now available here.

In this Issue: Controller’s Notes / Update from the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors / From the President: What I Learned this Month / World Champion Brian Ellis / Invitation to the 2015 O-Ringen Academy / Orienteering Gear Profile / Coach’s Corner / Membership Update / 2015 National Orienteering Week / From the Archives / Around the Refreshment Table

You can subscribe to get the newsletter at tinyurl.com/subscribeorienteeringcanada

As always, suggestions and articles for future newsletters can be emailed to newsletter AT orienteering DOT ca. 2015 submission deadlines for content: Feb 28, April 15, May 31, July 15, Aug 31, Oct 15. Nov 30. The newsletter will be published within a couple weeks after these dates.

Happy reading!