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February 2017 newsletter is here

The latest Orienteering Canada newsletter is now available here.

2017, February Vol 19:

Controller’s Notes
Update from Orienteering Canada
Celebrating Orienteering Canada’s 50th Anniversary
An Interview with the new AOA Executive Director
2017 National Orienteering Week, World Orienteering Day and the ParticipACTION Play List
From the Archives
Contacting Orienteering Canada

Orienteering Canada’s newsletter archive is here.


World Orienteering Day 2017

May 24, 2017 is the 2nd ever World Orienteering Day (WOD). WOD was a great success in 2016 with over 250,000 people orienteering around the world!

We have scheduled National Orienteering Week with World Orienteering Day and we are also working with ParticipACTION to celebrate orienteering on May 24th as part of ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List. So, in a nutshell, May 24 is THE DAY to put on a beginner friendly orienteering event!

How to connect your event with World Orienteering Day 2017?

Remember that World Orienteering Day 2017, Orienteering Canada’s 2017 National Orienteering Week and ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List celebration of orienteering are all happening together. An amazing opportunity to get more Canadians orienteering!






Orienteering and ParticipACTION's 150 Play List

ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List includes 150 physical activities that make us Canadian. The Play List is a challenge to Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces, and even abroad to see how many different activities they can complete in 2017.

Orienteering is on the 150 Play List. We are so excited to see how many Canadians we can get orienteering!

Here are the ways to maximize benefits to your club/association from orienteering being on ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List.

  1. Register your event(s) on ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List events and programs schedule
    By doing this you can:
    > Receive a 150 Play List Event Celebration Kit containing signage, prizes and more (while supplies last)
    > Have your event or program, if open to the pubic, showcased on ParticipACTION’s Event List for Canadians to see and join in on the fun
    > Be eligible for a micro-grant (grant application and guidelines can be found HERE). To be eligible for a grant, the programs or events should be inclusive, open to all free of charge, or at a minimal cost, and give the participants the opportunity to complete one or more of the physical activities (ie orienteering) on the 150 Play List. Micro grants range from $300 to $1,000.

    How many people can we get orienteering on May 24??
    We encourage you to register any and all of your beginner friendly orienteering events this year. We really, really, really want you to register your beginner friendly orienteering events that are around National Orienteering Week (May 20-28) and World Orienteering Day (May 24). May 24 is the day that ParticipACTION will help us celebrate orienteering be putting on an extra promotional effort to get people out orienteering. We want to have many, many opportunities across the country for people to try orienteering.

    Register your event at:

  2. Use the 150 Play List promotional toolkits to help you promote your event. ParticipACTION has created 3 tool kits which oodles of great resources:
    >Community Toolkit
    Resources to support your 150 Play List community event or program, such as a planning manual, printable posters and a social media kit.
    >Workplace Toolkit
    Resources to get employees active with the 150 Play List during the workday, including a Playbook with ideas and promotional tools.
    >School Toolkit
    Resources to get students moving at school with the 150 Play List, including a planning manual, an activity passport, tools to hold 150 Play List Play Days and more.

Remember that World Orienteering Day 2017, Orienteering Canada’s 2017 National Orienteering Week and ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List celebration of orienteering are all happening together. An amazing opportunity to get more Canadians orienteering!





Team Canada selected for the World Games

The athletes who will represent Canada at the 2017 World Games in Poland have been selected.

The World Games run from July 20-30 in Warsaw, Poland. The orienteering disciplines at the World Games are: sprint distance, middle distance and a sprint relay.

Team Canada will be:

Emily Kemp (hometown: Ottawa)
Louise Oram (hometown: Vancouver)
Damian Konotopetz (hometown: Winnipeg)
Will Critchley (hometown: Edmonton)

The team coach/manager will be Marg Ellis (hometown: Vancouver) who is one of Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program regional coaches.

In total 40 men and 40 women will compete in the Sprint and Middle Distance competitions, and 17 national teams are qualified to compete in the Sprint Relay. The qualification information is here.

The World Games involve sports which are recognized by the International Olympic Committee, but are not currently on the Olympic program. There will be over 3500 athletes from over 100 countries competing in over 30 sports at the 2017 World Games.








Updated Orienteering Canada Rules

The Orienteering Canada Board of Directors recently approved changes to Orienteering Canada’s Competition Rules. The new rules are here.

Summary of changes made to the 2017 edition of the Orienteering Canada Competition Rules

For 2017, the rules have been re-organized to amalgamate related items that were previously separated. As a result, the numbering of the rules has changed significantly.

The Technical Committee has attempted to standardize terminology throughout the document, and has expanded the definitions section, which nor appears at the beginning of the document. Changes include:

  • Gender (instead of sex)
  • Participant (instead of competitor)
  • Group (instead of wayfarer)
  • Capitalization of defined terms (e.g. Event Director)
  • Replaced references to SI/Sportident with generic terms

Significant changes to the rules for 2017 include:

  • At the discretion of the event organizers, participants aged 16 and under may examine the map, with their course printed on it, before their start (rules 2.1.1 and 9.14). For example, 13-16 year olds might be permitted to examine the map in the minute prior to their assigned start (this option is available at a WRE event). Additionally, even younger participants (12 and under) could be permitted to examine the map well before the start so that they can review their course with parents and coaches. To ensure fair play, accommodations must be made for other competitors. This option is not available at a WRE event.
  • Women may compete in men’s categories (rule 6.1.1)
  • “Running up” more than one category requires permission for 16 and under participants (rule 6.1.3)
  • A participant may only represent one Federation in competition during a given calendar year (rule 6.5.4). This is to align with IOF rule 6.1.
  • Rule 7.1.2 has been somewhat relaxed to recognize that permission may not be finalized when event sanction is requested.
  • The technical difficulty document discussed in rule 10.6 will be available with the next revision of the competition guidelines.
  • The junior categories are eligible for the 2minute long start interval in rule 13.1.2
  • Out-of-bounds marking has been clarified and made more practicable (rule 13.4.4, matches IOF rule 17.2)
  •  Please pay attention to section 14.2 regarding control descriptions.
  • In order to align with new IOF rules, devices such as GPS watches are now permitted (unless the organizer chooses to disallow them), as long as they are not used to assist navigation (rules 15.3.2 and 15.3.3).
  • Clarified rules on map collection (rule 15.6.3).
  • The entire section on appeals has been removed as they do not align with OC policies on appeals. Participants may enter a written complaint, which may be escalated to a protest against the resulting decision.

A pdf version of the summary of these changes is available here.

The Orienteering Canada Board of Directors is grateful to the members of the Technical Committee for their work in revising these rules.