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Athlete Profile: Brent Godman

Brent Godman - Picture

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.


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

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