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July 2016 O Canada newsletter published

newsletter July 2016 snippet

The latest Orienteering Canada newsletter is now available here.

2016, July Vol 14:

Controller’s Notes
Update from Orienteering Canada
JWOC Update from Team Canada
Want to Compete at JWOC?
Upcoming Events
National Orienteering Week 2017
COC’s and WCOC’s
World University Orienteering Championships
Pokemon Go: A Giant Score-O
From the Archives
Around the Refreshment Table

Orienteering Canada’s newsletter archive is here.


Team Canada to World University Champs announced


Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Orienteering Canada are pleased to formally announce the Canadian athletes who will be competing at the 2016 World University Orienteering Championships in Hungary July 30 – Aug 4. Click on the image to see the announcement. You can also read the announcements here in English and French.

You can follow these links to see the profiles of the selected athletes:





JWOC 2016 results for Team Canada


sprint results


long results

Middle Qualification

middle qualification results

Middle Final

middle final results


relay results by leg




Orienteering in the News: Yukon Orienteers at JWOC

Click on this image to read article from the Whitehorse Star.


JWOC 2016 is underway

The 2016 Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) run from July 9 to 15, 2016 in the Engadin region of Switzerland.

Team Canada is made up of both juniors who have raced in JWOC before, as well as younger athletes new to the international competitive scene.



JWOC poster(click image to enlarge)

The team is coached this year by HPP member Jeff Teutsch of Ottawa. The team manager is Sabine Schweiger of Whitehorse. Erik Blake of Whitehorse is assisting the team with communications.

Athletes compete in the sprint, middle and long distance races individually as well as the relay race with teams of 3 men or women. Canada will field two men’s teams and one women’s team. The winners are expected to finish the sprint distance in 13 to 14 minutes, the middle distance in 25 minutes, long distance in 60 to 70 minutes and the relay races in a total team time of 105 minutes.

Canada’s best ever result at the Junior World Orienteering Championships was a bronze medal won by Ottawa’s Emily Kemp in 2012 in Slovakia in the long distance race.


  • Sunday 10 July: Sprint – 09.00-12.30 CET
  • Monday 11 July: Long Distance – 09.00-16.30 CET
  • Tuesday 12 July: Rest day / Model event
  • Wednesday 13 July: Middle Qualifications – 10.00-12.30 CET
  • Thursday 14 July: Middle Finals – 09.00-13.30 CET
  • Friday 15 July: Relay – 10.30-13.15 CET

“JWOC is an introduction to international orienteering for our young athletes and an important step in their development. This year 70 percent of the team are returning athletes. We are looking for those athletes to improve on their results from last year. For the rookies, it is a matter of soaking up the experience and learn what it is all about,” said Brent Langbakk, High Performance Director of Orienteering Canada.

“This year’s Canadian team has spent the week of July 2nd to July 9th in the Engadin Valley preparing for the world championships, adjusting to the altitude and time-zone change, and learning what the alpine terrain is like here. The team is feeling confident and prepared for the upcoming races and is excited to face the challenge of running 5 races in 6 days this week,” said Jeff Teutsch, Team Coach JWOC 2016.

The World of O website provides comprehensive information about JWOC 2016 including information about watching live streaming of the events:

Results from the races can be found via the event web site

You can follow along by staying tuned to the Team Canada Blog and Orienteering Canada’s social media (hashtag: #jwoc2016):




Road to the Junior World Orienteering Championships in 2017, 2018, 2019...

The Road to the Junior World Orienteering Championships

JWOC (Junior World Orienteering Championships) is a competition for mostly 17-20 year old juniors from all over the world to compete at the highest level of orienteering. Juniors from about 40 countries around the world take part. It is a fantastic event to meet and make friends from around the world, see new places, and orienteer in exciting terrain.

The 2016 JWOC ( is taking place the Switzerland. Canada sent a team of 6 men and 4 women to challenge the Swiss mountains.

If you are a young Canadian orienteering athlete you should start thinking about how to train and qualify for future JWOCs;  2017 in Finland, 2018 in Hungary, and 2019 in Denmark.

The Canadian JWOC selection committee is using results from major events for the selection, and the athletes must keep a training log to show their training and level of fitness. You also have to be a member of the HPP (Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program).

For the 2017 selection for JWOC in Finland any Canadian junior that is aiming for the team should participate in the following races.

  • Western Canadians 23-25 July 2016
  • Canadian Championships 30-Jul to 1-Aug 2016
  • North-American Championships  23-25 Sep 2016

It is also recommended to participate in as many Canadian Cup events as possible (for example Quebec Championships, BC Championships).

For more information see

Regards from the 2016 JWOC selection committee.

Press release: Junior World Orienteering Championships underway in Switzerland


Orienteering in the news: How To Navigate And Orienteer

Clink the image to read a good article on how to use a map and compass from the Explainer Series at Gear Junkie.