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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

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