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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:

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