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Orienteering Canada Strategic Plan Survey - Nov 13 deadline

Orienteering Canada Strategic Plan Survey

Orienteering Canada is just about to start the process of creating a new 3 to 5 year Strategic Plan for the organization.  Of course, this affects the orienteering community across Canada and we would very much like to have input on it from the community.

We are working with consultant Wayne Hellquist of Future Quest Consulting who will help steer us through the process.  The first step in this project is to get some information from our stakeholders.  To this end, we have created, with Wayne, a survey, in Survey Monkey, for orienteers to complete.  We are looking for input from young orienteers as well as the elders, experienced orienteers and newbies, competitive athletes and recreational participants, organizers, coaches, administrators.   If you are involved in orienteering in Canada in any way we would love to hear from you.

We are asking you, if you have 15 minutes to spare between now and November 13, to click on the link below and answer our 12 questions (of which only 4 require text input!).

By next spring, we hope to have a new strategic plan that will help guide us through the next few years of the life of Orienteering Canada.


Thank you for your participation!
Anne Teutsch
President, Orienteering Canada

High Performance Program Application Due Oct 31

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 deadline to apply for the 2016 High Performance Program is October 31, 2015.

The application process for the 2016 High Performance Program (HPP) is earlier than previous years.

  • Oct 31: Submission deadline for Application Package
  • Nov 15: Interim Acceptance
  • Nov 30: Confirmation

Further details of the application process are outlined in the Athletes Handbook. As such the Athletes’ HandbookHPP Application Package and Athlete Agreement  have now all been published on the High Performance Program page. The reason for the earlier dates is so that the athletes will have their yearly training plans in place and  have contact with their coaches earlier.

Another important change to note is that all athletes wishing to compete at the World Orienteering Championships, World University Champs and JWOC  or in World Cup races MUST be members of the HPP.  This is different than is previous years when HPP membership was not a requirement for some events.

Volunteer Opportunity: HPP Regional Coach

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is seeking a HPP Regional Coach in the Pacific region. Interested individual please email hpp AT orienteering DOT ca and explain and your interest in and qualifications for the role before November 5, 2015

Position Description: Canadian High Performance Program Regional Coach

Purpose: The prime focus is to aid the progression of regional High Performance Program athletes in LTAD stages Training to Train, Training to Compete and Training to Win.
Reports to: Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Director

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Maintain on-going communication with athletes
    • aid with race analysis
    • help establish goals and consistency in training
  • Follow athletes training logs
    • monitor and give feedback on training
  • Provide in-person coaching at regional events
    • support athletes
    • provide feedback and debrief with athletes
  • Conduct an annual end-of-season review with each athlete
  • Help athletes establish yearly goals and yearly training plans.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • communicate about and coordinate athletes’ training with their club coaches
  • promote coaching by supporting and educating the athletes’ club coaches.

Additional Roles:
The HPP Regional Coaches may also have the opportunity to serve in other roles: Training Camp Coach, JWOC, WOC, WUOC, NAOC Coach.

The HPP has been divided into 4 regions: Pacific, Central, Eastern and European. The athletes will be assigned to the coaches according to the regions in which they are based. Ideally the coaches are based in the same region as their athletes to increase the opportunities for contact and to make communication easier. In cases in which the athletes don’t have a base or are in different regions at different times of the year (e.g. university students) the regions will be determined by the High Performance Director through consultation with the athletes and the HPP Regional Coaches involved. Each region will consist of approximately 5-8 athletes.


  • This is a volunteer position
  • An honoraria / per year determined by the High Performance Committee budget


  • Demonstrated high-level technical knowledge of orienteering principles.
  • Ability to communicate with athletes in stressful situations.
  • Strong preference to applications with National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) coaching qualifications and/or the willingness to obtain NCCP qualifications. Or equivalent coaching education from another country.
  • Understanding of Orienteering Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model and ability to coach according to the LTAD principles.
  • Previous coaching experience.

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In Memoriam: Jack Lee

JackLeeJack Lee, one of the key figures in the development of Canadian orienteering passed away October 7, 2015 in Hamilton.

Mike Waddington wrote this about Jack on the Attackpoint website:

“Jack was introduced to orienteering by Sass Peepre and quickly formed the Hamilton Orienteering Association in 1966. He then introduced and grew the sport in Hamilton, the surrounding Golden Horseshoe region, to Ontario and Canada. He also was instrumental in assisting the development of some American clubs as well.

Jack taught orienteering in his Phys Ed classes in Hamilton and in the mid 70’s started the Hamilton Schools Race. That race has grown bigger and stronger every year and the 40th annual race earlier this year had over 1100 kids. Jack was a volunteer this year and most of those 40 years the race has been hosted. Together with Jim Gilchrist he wrote a book on how to teach orienteering in schools and started a kids program in Hamilton in the 80’s. These would form the backbone of Adventure Running Kids today. Earlier this year I enjoyed many a great chat with Jack as he watched one of his great grandchildren getting muddy and orienteering at ARK. This is your legacy I told him. Indeed the foundation and awareness of the sport he built here in Hamilton is why the sport has always been strong in the city and Golden Horseshoe. His gentleness, supportiveness and passion inspired so very many – whether it was volunteers, athletes, coaches and officials”

View the Attackpoint website for more comments about Jack. And we encourage you to leave your comments on this page as well.

Here is the announcement of Jack’s passing.

Our very deepest sympathies go to Jack’s family.