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Coach Profile: Ross Burnett

Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Club YOA
Occupation Yukon Government:
Cabinet Policy Analyst

Proudest orienteering achievements
I competed for Canada at four WOCs (83, 85, 87, 89) and numerous World Cups; survived Indian Harbour (NS) in 1984; on the Relay team which finished 9th at WOC in 1987; won the COC in 1987 and 1995 (Short), 21st in a World Cup Race in Tasmania in 1988; organized the first Yukon Championships in 1989.

What is your first orienteering memory?
My first orienteering memory is of the first orienteering event I did which was on snowshoes – a score-O format on Hollyburn Mountain in Vancouver’s North Shore in January 1976.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
My favourite orienteering story is not my story at all – it is the story of Thierry Gueorgiou, Anders Nordberg and Michal Smola who gave up sure medals in the 2009 WOC relay to help injured orienteer Martin Johansson.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get tired of orienteering?
I would never get tired of orienteering at Carcross Desert, Yukon.

If you could go anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
If I could go anywhere to orienteer it would be to the countries east of the Adriatic (Croatia etc.) to check out the karst and rock terrain.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
I would love to be coached by Thierry Gueorgiou because I would like to hear him describe in person how he does what he does and about his training techniques.

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Besides orienteering I also do cross country skiing, and hiking.

Please tell us a bit about your coaching philosophy?
My coaching philosophy is essentially that we need to spend more time coaching the basics, and teaching athletes to have the discipline to apply techniques and make decisions in a conscious fashion.

Tell us something that we might not know about you…
Something people might not know about me is that I spent over three months traveling in Africa in 1982-83.

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