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In Memoriam: Brian Graham

BrianGraham2We at Orienteering Canada are very sorry to hear about the passing of Brian Graham, a long-time orienteer. Brian died on August 25th, 2016 at the age of 52 while surrounded by his loving family, including his wife Marketa and his sons Robbie and Tommy (all orienteers too).


Brian Robert Graham
January 19, 1964 – August 25, 2016

It is with aching hearts that Brian’s family announce his passing on August 25th, 2016 at the age of 52 while surrounded by his family. Dear husband of Marketa for 23 years, proud father of Robert and Tomas, cherished son of Hugh and the late Patricia, loving brother of Paul (Jackie), uncle of Audrey and Matthew, and fondly remembered by extended family members and friends in Canada and abroad.

Brian loved life. He had a brilliant mind and witty sense of humour. He was a talented athlete mastering many sports and loved the outdoors. He had a passion for orienteering, running, cross country skiing, biking, skating, hiking, canoeing, camping, birding, and so much more. At home, he loved to barbecue, bake bread, garden, do handy work and listen to all kinds of music. He also loved to travel and did so extensively with his family. He mastered many languages along the way.

BrianGrahamHe was determined to beat the race against cancer and lived life as always, to the fullest. Gracious thanks to Brian and Marketa’s family and friends for their love and encouragement. It meant a lot to Brian. Special thanks to Dr. Scott Laurie for the superb care and for having the same determined, positive attitude as Brian in fighting the disease. Also a thank you to the staff at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital and Dr. Gail Webber.

A private service will be held for the family.

Friends are invited to gather at Canal Ritz, 375 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:30 pm to celebrate Brian’s life. Please join us to share stories about Brian, talk or just listen. We will have a microphone available from 3:30 to 4:30 for those wishing to say a few words about Brian or play a song.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lung Cancer Canada in memory of Brian Graham.

You can see Brian’s obituary on-line here as well as leave messages for the Graham family.



2016 World Orienteering Championships is underway

World Orienteering Championships underway in Sweden

Aug 21, 2016 (Calgary, AB) – The 2016 World Orienteering Championships (WOC) run from August 20 to 28, 2016 in Strömstad-Tanum, Sweden. Canada is represented by 8 athletes. This year the Canadian team at the World Orienteering Championships is made up mostly of veteran national team members, with one rookie member, Brent Godman.

The athletes  (and home towns) on Team Canada 2016 are: Emily Kemp (Ottawa), Louise Oram (Vancouver), Emma Waddington (Hamilton), Damian Knonotopetz (Winnipeg), Will Critchley (Edmonton), Robbie Anderson (Ottawa), Eric Kemp (Ottawa), Brent Godman (Rute, Sweden)

The race allocation is:

Women Long: Emily Kemp, Louise Oram
Women Middle: Emily Kemp, Louise Oram
Women Sprint: Emma Waddington
Women Relay: Emily Kemp, Louise Oram, Emma WaddingtonMen Long: Damian Konotopetz
Men Middle: Eric Kemp
Men Sprint: Damian Konotopetz, Will Critchley, Robbie Anderson
Men Relay: Eric Kemp, Damian Konotopetz, Brent Godman

Mixed Sprint Relay: Will Critchley, Damian Konotopetz, Emma Waddington, Emily Kemp

The team is coached this year by Raphael Ferrand. The team manager is Meghan Rance.

Athletes compete in the sprint, middle and long distance races individually as well as the relay race with a team of 3 men or women and the mixed sprint relay with a team of 2 men and 2 women. The winners are expected to finish the sprint final distance in 14 minutes, the middle distance in 35 minutes, the long distance in 80 to 95 minutes, the forest relay in a total team time of 100 minutes, and the sprint relay in a total time of 60 minutes.

Canada’s best result at the World Orienteering Championships was 9th in 2005 (Japan) by Sandy Smith in the middle distance race.

Other strong results at the World Orienteering Championships include 11th in 2014 by Emily Kemp in the middle distance race and 28th in 2014 by Louise Oram in the middle distance race.  Last year’s best results were Will Critchley in 49th in the Men’s Long, Damian Konotopetz in 64th in the Men’s Middle, Emily Kemp in 20th in the Women’s Long and Emily Kemp in 36th in the Women’s Middle.

So far this year, Emily Kemp has had an amazing season, placing 4th and 7th at the European Championship Middle and Long.  Emily Kemp’s current International Orienteering Federation ranking is 22nd and her current World of Orienteering ranking is 11th in Long.


  • Saturday August 20: Sprint Qualification and Final – 09.00-18.00 CET
  • Sunday August 21: Sprint Relay – 16.50-18.00 CET
  • Monday August 22: Rest day
  • Tuesday August 23: Middle – 11.45-18.00 CET
  • Wednesday August 24: Rest day
  • Thursday August 25: Long – 12.00-18.00 CET
  • Friday August 26: Rest day
  • Saturday August 27: Relay – 14.00-18.00 CET

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

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