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Athlete Profile: Steffan Lloyd

Steffan Lloyd - Picture 3

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

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