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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

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Getting the opportunity to race at the World Orienteering Champs in Sweden in the sprint and forest relay was the best highlight of 2016 for me. It was my first time racing in a relay at WOC and it was an incredible learning experience and made me super proud to represent Canada at this level!

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I am most excited about JWOC 2017 in Finland since I have some big goals for the sprint race (and the other races too, of course!)

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

I have always wanted to race Jukola, and now that my school ends a lot earlier, I’ll hopefully be able to make a team and race it in the next few years! Another race I’d love to do sometimes is the Race the Castles Series in Scotland!

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

My Jr. girls cross country team won 1st place at OFSAA in 2013! – Nicole Whitmore was on that team too!

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Finish my first year of University with good marks and do lots of good quality training with the McMaster XC/track team to get faster and stronger for this summer’s orienteering races!

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

I’ve been working a lot on being aggressive while orienteering by choosing good routes, simplifying and doing more rough compass. Having a safe and simplified route will help with being aggressive since there’s fewer places to slow down and make decisions, and I can just run hard, and play with speed more near the circle. I’ve also been adding some terrain and deep snow running to help get faster in woods.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

Within Dontgetlost, I’ve made a few sprint maps for schools, helped volunteer at some big races, and I’ve done some coaching with our kids program, ARK. I’ve coached both younger and older kids in ARK, and at our summer camp program. It’s great to coach kids the sport that I love, and it’s so fun to see them get the hang of it and take off with the map!

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

I love to do lots of visualization, whether it be of an actual map, of an object, of a place, or even of me executing a certain part of a race. All these kinds of mental images help me build up many different visuals of things that could happen, or of the way things may look. This helps prepare me for whatever a race throws at me.

I will do these exercises while just relaxing, or exercising on a spin bike. Sometimes I will take a map of a random area and visualize what routes I would take while I go for a long run.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

A favourite training of mine, especially for sprint, are o-tervals. I love having short, fast paced courses where you can race head to head with other people. It keeps you on your toes, your mind thinking, and a gets you a little competitive with the others. It’s also great for a race-like simulation because you have the others there to keep you motivated to push harder.

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

Athlete Profile: Jan-Erik Naess

Born  1998
Hometown Toronto, ON,
Currently living Clarendon Hills, US
Club Dontgetlost
Occupation Student
Training Log Attackpoint
Blog URL

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

The Relay at JWOC where I was able to keep up with the top group and navigate without them quickly after I had just lost them. Coming back in 13th officially was amazing for me.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

The middle distance at JWOC 2017. The terrain looks like a lot of fun and I know that I will be able to push hard throughout the entire race

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Jukola, and hopefully this year I’ll be checking it off

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
Next year I am going to be spending the year in Oslo at a folkeskole where I will be able to train for orienteering

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?
In the future I would like to become a really good cross country skier!

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?
Compass bearings and connecting it to my map reading to that I have better flow, even in the dense forests

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I help organize a few events with my dad for our Chicago Team

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

I think the biggest thing when you are just starting orienteering is to enjoy the basics. Enjoy going out and running in beautiful forests and don’t be worried about making mistakes. Orienteering can be a perfectionist sport but you need to understand that mistakes will happen, even to world champions. So enjoy the journey.

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

I really like to use the app Headspace. It’s really nice to have someone talking you through the different mental periods of meditation, and after a while I have really started to improve my focus and control my mental state better.

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Jan-Erik is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 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 was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Racing at Jukola in Finland. It was dark, rainy and muddy, but the energy was insane, with hundreds of competitors racing simultaneously, streaming out in seemingly endless “trains” through the forest.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I am really hoping to race at JWOC 2017 in Finland and improve upon my results from last year. It’s incredible to be racing and pushing yourself against the top junior athletes in the world.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

TioMila, the great Swedish night orienteering relay.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I speak, at least to some degree of competency, four languages.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Finish the year with sufficient grades with which to apply to Universities.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

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

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing

events…)

Currently I’ve been mapping out the forest behind my school on Vancouver Island. We often take our maps for granted, but there’s an incredible effort that goes into each one. I’m just glad I have contour data available…

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Just get out orienteering as much as possible. Orienteering is more fun when you can do it at high speed, but doing so without error requires a lot of practice.

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

Getting a pre-race mental warmup is very important, and something that I practice a lot outside of races as well. It’s important to be in “the zone” right out of the gate, and nail the first control.

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Leif is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 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!