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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; Working for DontGetLost running our Adventure Running Kids program in local schools
Training log
Attackpoint
Twitter @_emmawaddington

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

In 2018, I have a few big races planned. The ones that I’m most looking forward to are the World University Champs in Finland, the Jr. World Champs in Hungary, and NAOCs in the Yukon. I’m hopefully running Jukola again this year, after a very successful go last year!

When
did you start orienteering?

I started really orienteering in 2006 when living in Uppsala, Sweden for 3 months while my dad had a sabbatical. I actually spent some time in Uppsala last summer, re-living my first orienteering days!

What
is your best orienteering memory?

My best orienteering memory would probably be running the first leg of the Venla relay last year. This was my first time running this race and it was a ton of fun and absolutely mind-boggling how many people were there! I started so far back in the pack that it took me a solid minute and a half to get to the actual start line. I pushed really hard and ran a fairly clean race. Along with my other incredibly talented teammates, we managed to go from starting in 1245th place to finishing in 133rd! This was such a good memory because it was such an incredible experience and nothing like any race I’ve ever done before.

What
is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

Relay races, either forest or sprint, are my favourite type of event. I love how fast-paced the races are because of the mass start, and how the strategy for the race changes so much depending on which other people are with you during the race. It’s really a time to be aggressive with your orienteering, but also a time to have lots of fun keeping up with some really talented racers who you normally wouldn’t race against. The team aspect and atmosphere in the arena is so much fun during relay races, it’s hard not to have a great time!

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received? Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

Some of the best orienteering advice I’ve ever received was from coach Raphael before WOC in 2016. He told me to “invest my time” and to use the other runners wisely. This idea of investing time has been very helpful for me, especially in sprint – the key is to take the time beforehand to pick a good route and find the traps, instead of rushing and getting trapped later on. The other advice of using other runners in a relay was also helpful, because it taught me that using them as a guide or as reassurance about my own route could really be beneficial, and it has been!

My orienteering idol is probably my dad (awwwww) because he has had many great results over the years, but more importantly, great stories and funny memories from all of his experiences – something that I want to have for myself too!

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

This year, outside of orienteering, I want to work harder with the track team over the winter to build some speed for the upcoming season.

Another goal that I have is to keep my body injury free by devoting more time to body maintenance, like stretching and physio activities.

By the end of this school year, I want to have a better idea of what I want to focus on in my undergrad, as well as having an idea for what I want to do after my 4 years of undergrad.

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

Athlete Profile: Jan-Erik Naess

Born  1998
Hometown Mississauga, ON,
Currently living Oslo, Norway
Club Dontgetlost
Occupation Student
Training Log Attackpoint
Blog URL

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

My mind is set towards the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in Hungary next summer. All training will be working around peaking for those races. I am most excited for the Long and Sprint where I can best use my speed and stamina.

When did you start orienteering?

I have been orienteering on and off all my life but started racing competitively after the 2014 Canadians Orienteering Championships.

What is your best orienteering memory?

It is a compilation of all of the incredible friends that orienteering has given me the opportunity to make.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

I really enjoy the relay. It is a unique race where you learn to properly use other orienteering while remaining within your own contact and take a very special skill set to race comfortable in those conditions.

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

It was from my dad. He told me that every race, no matter how well or poorly it went, run as hard as you can all the way until the finish line because there will always be someone who had a similar race and this is where you can beat them.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

I would say Emily Kemp would be my idol and my dad is who I draw my inspiration from. Emily’s firm commitment to the sport and moving far away from home has given me the confidence to do the same and shown that if I train hard with the few gifts that come with being a North American orienteer, I can make it us there as well. My dad orienteering his entire life has set some high standards for me to beat and he has always been my number one supporter in chasing my orienteering dreams.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

I am working on passing the Norwegian Fluency test and hope to start studying this coming fall in either Norway or Canada.

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Jan Erik is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 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!