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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

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