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Athlete Profile: Brian May


Hometown Cornerbrook, NL
Currently living Salmon Arm, BC
Club Sage Orienteering
Occupation Professor, Okanagan College
Training log
Twitter @brianmay1867

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
North American Champion (1998, 2002, 2008, 2014)
Canadian Champion (2011)
WOC participant (1993, 1997, 2003, 2004)

What is your first orienteering memory?
Orienteering at West Haven summer camp in Pasadena, Newfoundland

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
Trips to far-flung places all over the world.  Coolest orienteering experience was crossing between East and West Berlin during JWOC 1991 just two years after the Berlin Wall came down.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get tired of orienteering?
Harriman State Park in the spring and fall.  Open woods, great visibility and tough, technical terrain.

If you could go anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Swiss Alps – fantastic views and fun, challenging terrain.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Thierry Gueorgiou – The man is a legend and a master of technical middle-distance orienteering.

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Cross country skiing and Mountain biking.
What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Morning race – cereal.  Afternoon race – pancakes.

Please tell us a bit about your coaching philosophy?
Focus on the tasks at hand and let the results come as they may.  Enjoy the journey, rather than worrying about the destination.

Tell us something that we might not know about you…
I last ran in Scotland 28 years ago!

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