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Job Opportunity: Sogo Adventure Running

Job Posting: SOGO Head Coach & Program Manager

We’re SOGO Adventure Running, a Calgary-based not-for-profit organization offering high quality outdoor programs for youth aged three to eighteen.

  • We’re Growing Exponentially – In just two years, our program participation rates have tripled
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 We offer career opportunities to energetic, athletic, motivated, talented, dependable, trustworthy, well rounded, self-reliant individuals who

  • Have passion for the outdoors
  • Love working with kids
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We offer tremendous opportunity for personal growth in an exciting start-up program with responsibilities including program development, strategic planning, coaching, finance, marketing, and fundraising. You will build experience and expertise, getting in at the ground level of the SOGO program that is expanding rapidly and has potential to be a great new thing in the well being of Canadian youth.

For full details visit: www.sogoadventurerunning.com/job-postings.html

Orienteering in the News: Get Out There Magazine race report: Dontgetlost’s Raid the Rib

Here’s Get Out There Magazine’s video race report of the 2016 Dontgetlost’s Raid the Rib at the Albion Hills Conservation Area in Ontario.

Athlete Profile: Steffan Lloyd

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Born 1990
Hometown Chelsea, QC
Currently living Umeå, Sweden (or Ottawa, ON)
Club Gotlands Bro OK
Occupation Web designer
Training log n/a

Which of your 2015 results are you most proud of and why?

I wasn’t competing seriously in 2015 for orienteering, however in skiing I had a number of strong finishes – in the 15 km classic event at the National Championships in Thunder Bay, I finished in 24th position nationally, which was a strong placing for me. I was also happy because I skied well, paced myself properly, and was able to really leave everything on the course.

I also had a 10th place finish in the Eastern Canadian Championships in Gatineau QC. This was also a very strong finish for me and a race in which everything went right, and I was able to race above my own ability.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2016?

A lot of this is all very new to me, so it’s hard to say! I’m excited to race in Orienteering races in Europe, which are so much larger than anything I’m used to. If possible, I’d like to join a team to do the Jukola. Obviously world champs as well :)

Where is your favourite place to orienteer in Canada?

P17, in Ottawa (meech lake valley)! Super fun course, not many trails and lots of interesting terrain and features.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Jukola

What do you like to do when you aren’t orienteering? Tell us about one or more of your hobbies/activites.

I come from a cross country skiing background, so obviously I love doing that as well as the usual other cross training sports – biking, running, etc…

I also enjoy cooking, baking, reading, or learning something new.

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

Do the vasaloppet! Also, I just moved to Sweden, so integrate and learn the language, etc…

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

I love doing Score-O’s – generally my weaknesses are technical these advantage me – plus the added difficulty of choosing your route through all the controls, estimating how many you’ll be able to get, all add a lot of fun to the event.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering?

Nothing as of yet… (although I do usually help pick up the flags after races, if that’s something).

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

Again, not having done much orienteering specific training it’s a bit tricky to answer this in a relevant way, but I really enjoy any kind of cross training that is new and fun. A particular favourite of mine while skiing was going backcountry skiing – still a very good workout, but technically very difficult to do on single track trails.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, gps  watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites.

I am actually the owner/creator of SportLog.ca, an online training log that I made specifically for cross country ski athletes! And I’m also in the process of doing a major remake of the software at the moment.

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Steffan is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2016 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Brent Godman

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Born 1985
Hometown Rute, Gotland, Sweden
Currently living Visby, Gotland, Sweden
Club Gotlands Bro OK
Occupation Cadastral surveyor
Training log Attackpoint

Which of your 2015 results are you most proud of and why?

Helg utan Älg: Season ending two-days race on home soil against good Swedish competition. Ended third overall after two solid races. Not too great speed but very good orienteering with no more than 2 min mistakes during 2 hours runtime.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2016?

WOC middle distance and first leg on the WOC relay.

Where is your favourite place to orienteer in Canada?

Only ever orienteered around Kamloops when I was there in the fall of 2008. Very open and not too challengieng except for very hilly on some parts.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Scottish 6-days. A race at Cappadocia in Turkey.

What do you like to do when you aren’t orienteering? Tell us about one or more of your hobbies/activities.

Play around with my two kids, Lewis 3 years and Emmett 1 year. Also very active trainer to the 13-16 year olds in the club.

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

Have an awesome and laid back time when off ”duty”, if that is ski trip to the Alps in March, home with sick kids in May or partying during the WOC after party.

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

Hard question. I really enjoy all disiplines with probably the long as a favourite. But result wise I do perform best at sprint and middle distance as I tend to take good choices while under time pressure.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I have been involved with the youth training in my club the past two years. I have also been one of the main course setters for all club trainings.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Always try to analyze your race or training. Ask yourself the questions: What was the purpose of the training? Did you learn what was meant? Do you need to draw learing of eventual mistakes?

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

I most often try to recap my races and trainings to learn from what I did for mistakes and what I might need to improve.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

Rerun of older races, trying to optimize the route as best as possible.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, gps watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites.

I have used a gps-watch since a few years back along with the sofware Quickroute for technical follow-up. With the new software Livelox is is now very much easier to follow-up on your race or training.

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Brent is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2016 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Christian Michelsen

Born 1999
Hometown Hamilton, ON
Currently living Hamilton, ON
Club DontGetLost
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

The only result I’m really proud of 2016 is the NAOC long, I made a few good size mistakes but had some good legs I was proud of as well. All my races went fairly poorly during jwoc, however the middle qualifier went the best since I somewhat recovered from a 2 minute mistake on the first control.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I’d like to do Jukola and skip going to graduation if I can manage to write my exams early. Also assuming I make JWOC next year I am excited for the long distance.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Tiomila is a race I would like to attend at some point.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

….depends on your classification of fun

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Run track for the first time since grade 5, I would set a goal but I have no idea what time I should pick or exact race I’ll run yet. Other then that I don’t know, but if I feel like doing something, I’ll make sure I’ll do/achieve it.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

I am currently focusing on visualizing and knowing the features I want to use before I see them (having a plan rather than going with the flow). I’d also like to improve on focusing completely on orienteering when I’m racing and power through the tedious/simple sections where I stop focusing on orienteering.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I volunteer and coach with DONTGETLOST’s adventure running kids program. I use to map the occasional sprint map, but none recently.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Most importantly have fun and only work on it as long as it keeps being fun. I think it is also important to get out to some major races in Europe if possible because the competition is so much bigger and better than in North America. It really shows you the level you should be at to truly be good. A key thing is also to find people to train with because this motivates you so much more and instead of becoming work it’s now fun.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

My favourite orienteering exercise would have to be Otervals. It allows me to orienteer at fast pace, preparing me for actual races, and in the case a mistake is made it allows me to start from scratch on the next interval and forget about the mistake..

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Christian is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Tomas Graham

Born 1998
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Ottawa, ON
Club Ottawa Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Competing at JWOC for the first time. Even though I was just an alternate, it was a totally unique and inspiring experience competing amongst the best in the world in such a beautiful area.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

JWOC of course. But especially COC because it’s going to be the 50th COC, on Canada’s 150th, and all taking place in my hometown!

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

The Barkley Marathon. A 5-day, 100-mile footrace through Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee. It’s been called the hardest race in the world and “the race that eats its young”.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

Outside of athletics, I enjoy music and play several instruments.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

To do well in school and to excel in speed skating.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Mostly mental things like quick decision-making and pre-race relaxation.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (e.g. coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

Although I’m often preoccupied with other affairs, I do my best to get involved with local orienteering meets. I might be putting up/taking down flags, preparing refreshments, and mentoring younger, first-time orienteers.

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

I sometimes get nervous before my races and lose my concentration and energy. To calm myself down, I try to remember tough races I’ve done in the past and think to myself “If I’ve finished all those race, there’s no reason I can’t do this one.” I might also use this technique if I think I’m panicking during my race.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, GPS watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites.

I regularly exercise using a Garmin Forerunner 220. It tracks distance, speed, heart rate, elevation, etc. It’s great for seeing what I’m succeeding in and what I need to improve on. There’s Attackpoint of course, where I can log all my training and view what other orienteers are doing. I also occasionally use QuickRoute, where you can overlay my GPS data of a run over a map.

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Tomas is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Nicole Whitmore

Born 1998
Hometown Hamilton, ON
Currently living Vancouver, BC
Club Don’t Get Lost
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint
Twitter @nicole_whitty

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Competing in the relay at JWOC was really special and a great experience!

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I’m excited to compete at Oringen and experience such a large European orienteering competition!

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

After hearing all about Jukola this past year it is now on my bucket list.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I am part of a concrete canoe design team at university.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Explore more of the west coast and get on some good hikes!

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

I am trying to improve my contour visualization and gaining a better understanding of elevation gain or loss to avoid overshooting controls on slopes when there aren’t many other features to go off of.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I am involved as an ARK coach in Hamilton as well as beginning to be involved with organizing events (weeknight trainings) in Vancouver!

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Train outside of your comfort zone, especially navigationally. If you challenge yourself in low risk situations through relocation or contour only maps in an area you are comfortable in, the races in foreign terrain will be easier! Getting lost in training is a great way to develop as an orienteer.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

One of my favourite training exercises is relocation. This is usually done with a partner or group with one person having the map and running randomly to a location with the intention of getting the other person turned around. Once you stop the map is passed back to the other person and their goal is to use the surrounding features and remember where they have been to locate themselves on the map. It is a great combination of terrain running as well as developing strategies and skills for competition when relocation is necessary.

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Nicole is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

New: Athlete Development Matrix and programming resources

Orienteering Canada is excited to share the results of Phase 1 of the development of a national Athlete Development Matrix (ADM), which is a document that describes what skills athletes should be learning at each stage of development. On the LTAD webpage (www.orienteering.ca/resources/long-term-athlete-development) you will find a series of tools to help instructors, coaches, and program administrators implement this matrix throughout their programs. These new resources include a Technical Skills Progression document, a Technical Skills Development chart, a set of Lesson Plans for an 8-week junior program, and a Lesson Plan template that can be adapted to different programs. This is a big step forward on the road to creating a complete ADM. A big thanks to Jeff Teutsch and Kate Knapp for their work so far.

We encourage feedback  (via email to juniordevelopment AT orienteering DOT ca or in person to Kate Knapp, Jeff Teutsch, or Kitty Jones) as we move this project along.

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World Orienteering Day: May 11

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May 11, 2016 is the first ever World Orienteering Day (WOD). The goal of this project of the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is to get as many people of all ages, around the world orienteering on that day.Are you having an event on Wednesday May 11? If so, please register your event on the World Orienteering Day website. After the event, you’ll be asked to submit how many people participated and the IOF will total up that number. They are aiming to get over 250,000 people orienteering.

Go to worldorienteeringday.com to:

  • Learn more about World Orienteering Day
  • Register your event as part of WOD
  • Check out the promotional tools to help you promote WOD and your event

These two newsletter have a lot of great info about WOD:

The International Olympic Committee has sent a letter to the International Orienteering Federation showing their support for World Orienteering Day. Click on the image below to read it.

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2016 World University Orienteering Championships team announcement

wuoc2016_logo_300x144Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee (HPC) is excited to announce the Canadian 2016 World University Orienteering Championship (WUOC) team.

The World University Orienteering Championships are held every 2 years. This years championships are in Hungary July 30 to Aug 4.

Canada will be represented by:

Robbie Anderson
Pia Blake
Robbie Graham
Adam Woods
Eric Kemp
Damian Konotopetz
Emma Sherwood

The team will be coached by Brent Langbakk.

WUOC is organized by FISU (International University Sports Federation). Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) works with Orienteering Canada to coordinate Canada’s participation in the championships.

Orienteering Canada is grateful to the selection committee members: Adrian Zissos, Wil Smith, Ted de St Croix and Magali Robert.