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Job Opportunities: Orienteering Mappers

Job Opportunities: Orienteering Mappers

Orienteering Canada (and its affiliated clubs) have a number of mapping projects to be completed in 2017. Positions are currently available in Nova Scotia (Debert and Halifax areas) and Whitehorse, Yukon. Other opportunities may become available.

Job Duties: Field checking of forested areas to current ISOM standard. Field checking of urban sprint map areas to ISSOM standard. Map drafting in OCAD.

Terms of Employment: Temporary independent contractor positions are available from 4 weeks to 4 months depending on the projects and locations. Salary: $25 – $30 per hour depending on qualifications.

Education and Work Experience required: Applicants must be fully conversant with International Orienteering Federation standards for preparation of orienteering maps including ISOM and ISSOM. Applicants must be able to provide examples of orienteering maps previously completed. Must be a member of the Canadian Orienteering Mapper Registry. Fluent in English.

For more information send inquiry to: mapping AT orienteering DOT ca

2017 Sass Peepre National Junior Training Camp

2017 SASS PEEPRE NATIONAL JUNIOR TRAINING CAMP
July 30 – August 1 at Morin Heights, Quebec

For many years, the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee has organized an annual training camp for juniors from across Canada. Junior athletes of all abilities from 11 to 20 years of age are invited to participate in the 3 day camp, which always has amazing volunteer coaches coming from the ranks of the Senior National Team, High Performance Programme athletes, ex-national team members, and parents wanting to help their kids.

Our 2017 National Junior Training Camp will be held at Morin Heights, which is in the Laurentians in the province of Quebec, about a 2 hour drive from Ottawa, or about 1 ¼ hour drive from Montreal.

For whom:
Juniors ages 11 – 20. Participants age 10 and under are welcome only if a parent volunteers at camp full time and only after obtaining permission from Kitty to attend. Non-Canadian juniors are welcome.

Schedule:
Start Sunday, July 30, late afternoon, time to be determined (depends when Eastern Canadian Championships in Montreal finish).
Finish Tuesday, August 1 (approx. 1:00pm, to allow time to get to Ottawa for orienteering events there)

Maps:
Training will be on maps at and near Morin Heights. Transport to the maps will be in coaches’ cars and possibly a rental van.

Accommodation:
We will sleep in campsites and cabins at Morin Heights Nature Camping, which is at the base of the Morin Heights ski hill. We will eat meals and do presentations in the facility at the base of the ski hill. More details will be provided in the information that will be sent to registered participants in June. The location is here.

Meals:
Meals will be catered at the Morin Heights Nature Camping facility.

Camp Fee:
Includes accommodation, meals and coaching

  • Early Bird Fee before May 31: $150, or $130 for additional sibling(s)
  • Regular Fee June 1-30: $165, or $145 for additional sibling(s)
  • Late Fee July 1-15: $180, or $160 for additional sibling(s)

Final deadline is midnight on July 15. $25 of your fee is non-refundable. Consider contacting your own club for a subsidy.

The Ramblers Orienteering Club has obtained a grant for this camp, which makes it possible to subsidise the fees. Thank you Ramblers! We are very grateful to the Government of Canada’s ‘Canada 150 – Community Foundation of Canada (Laurentians)’ for this grant.

Registration:   
Register online here.

For more info:
Registrar: TBA
Camp Coordinator: Kitty Jones (Calgary)
Further information: Contact Kitty, kittyjones at shaw dot ca
Detailed information: will be emailed to registered participants starting in June.

CALLING ALL COACHES, COOKS AND HELPERS!!

  • As usual, we are looking for volunteers to coach, cook, drive, and generally help out (e.g. supervise younger kids at bedtime).
  • COACHES: If you are worried about tiring yourself out or getting injured at camp, then consider offering to help part time instead of full time. Of course we’d love to have as many HPP folks to coach as possible, but we do not want to risk affecting your potential to reach your competitive goals. On the plus side, remember that coaching does give you insights into O skills.
  • We need adults to volunteer to help coach at all levels from beginner to advanced. We do not need volunteer cooks or kitchen helpers as the meals will be catered. Whether you are a National Team athlete (either current or past), or a parent of a camp participant, please consider offering your time, as this camp relies 100% on volunteers.
  • All adult volunteers will receive free room and board at the camp. Sorry – no honoraria! But you’ll be making a big contribution to the Canadian orienteering scene and have fun while doing so!
  • If you have a vehicle, you will be asked to help with transporting participants the short distance to training sessions. If necessary, we’ll have a 15-passenger rental van as well, to eliminate shuttling.

Contact Kitty (kittyjones at shaw dot ca) to join the camp!

Coaches’ Meeting: Details TBA.

Orienteering Canada Vision, Mission and Core Objectives

Participation | Engagement | Performance

 

OUR MISSION

To develop, promote and coordinate the sport of orienteering in Canada for all ages and at all levels of participation.

 

OUR VISION

Inspiring Canadians to embrace the joy of orienteering

  • Driving growth through innovation, quality programming and partnerships.
  • Leading and governing through organizational excellence and sound business practices.
  • Developing and delivering high quality events and competitions at all levels.
  • Having active, engaged and well-trained officials, coaches, and other volunteers.
  • Having viable and active provincial and territorial associations and clubs.
  • Supporting our elite athletes in pursuing their goals while they support orienteering as ambassadors and role models for our sport.
  • Offering a sport that Canadians know and are excited about.

 

OUR CORE OBJECTIVES

A Strong and Unified Orienteering Community
We develop, deliver and promote relevant programs and services that provide positive experiences for our members at all levels of participation. We partner with individuals, clubs, and Provincial/Territorial Associations as together we strive to build capacity and sustainability at the local, regional and national level.

Support for Competitive Success
We support and encourage orienteers as they strive to attain their competitive goals. We offer programming and racing opportunities for athletes who want to reach their maximum potential. We provide high performance support and services for athletes with the desire and potential to compete internationally for Canada.

Increased Awareness of Orienteering
We are proud of our sport and seek to celebrate it whenever possible. We work to increase and maintain a positive profile and enhance public awareness of our sport and of Orienteering Canada. We offer a welcoming environment to people as they learn about and engage in our sport.

Organizational Excellence
We work to ensure organizational excellence through the continued development of an effective governance structure and organizational leadership that will contribute to increased long-term stability and sustainability of Orienteering Canada and the sport of orienteering in Canada.

 

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Volunteer Opportunity: Team Manager to the 2017 World Orienteering Championships

Team Manager to the 2017 World Orienteering Championships

We are looking for individuals to assist with the administration and on-site logistics relating to Canada’s participation at the 2017 World Orienteering Championships (WOC).

The Team Manager will work closely with the 2017 WOC coach and the High Performance Committee.

Qualifications:

  • Good communication skills both individually and within a group
  • Well organized, detail-oriented and an ability to track and meet deadlines

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading up to the events: accommodation bookings, registering athletes for events, organizing transportation logistics, coordinating event entry payment with the Orienteering Canada Treasurer, gathering travel information from athletes and other associated tasks.
  • On-site assistance: attending team meetings, coordinating day to day team logistics, assisting with social media and communication related tasks and other associated tasks.
  • Follow-up: Work with Treasurer to finalize event finances, contribute to post event debrief.

Remuneration:
This is a volunteer position.
Your entry fee (as a team official) to WOC as well as your accommodation expenses (for the pre-event training period and the event) will be covered by Orienteering Canada. You will also receive $500 towards your travel expenses.

You will be required to sign an agreement with Orienteering Canada indicating that you will abide by all Orienteering Canada policies and procedures.

If you are interested in this volunteer position, please send an email to hpp@orienteering.ca by March 25, 2017 indicating which role you are interested in. In the email, briefly outline your background which makes you suitable for this role.

Athlete Profile: Rachel May

Born 1999
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Salmon Arm, BC
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Student

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Orienteering at two small meets in Norway.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

Canadian Orienteering Championships

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Junior World Orienteering Championships

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I can speak Norwegian.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

To place in the top 6 at Nationals in cross-country skiing in March.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Maintaining focus with the map in detailed terrain and being able to recognize when I start getting lost and losing contact with the map.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I’m not really involved in orienteering outside of running myself.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

I would tell a beginner or intermediate orienteer not to worry when they make mistakes and to try to figure out why and where their mistake started in order to avoid mistakes the next time around. Don’t let a mistake define your race because there is always a positive side to every race even if the most obvious thing is the mistake.

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 use GPS in order to be able to better analyze where I went when I run and where I actually ended up when I make mistakes.

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Rachel is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Graeme Farrand

Born 2000
Hometown Hamilton, ON
Currently living Hamilton, ON
Club Don’t Get Lost
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

A highlight form my 2016 season was racing in the swiss o-week. It was really fun racing in an international event on different terrain than I am use to. Plus, I got to meet people on the Canadian Junior team who had come from JWOC.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I am excited for the Canadian Nationals in Ottawa, especially with the 150th of Canada, 50th of the nationals and 50th of Orienteering Canada.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

An orienteering race that I would like to do in the future is a 24-hour orienteering race. I think I would a good test of endurance and orienteering for me.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I am interested in computer programing and have made a program that can write music.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Keep up high marks in school as well as continuing to working my computer programing skills.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

I am currently working on visualization by thinking about the terrain I am in would look like on a map, especially when I don’t have a map of the area.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering?

I have worked at a running camp, which has orienteering as part of its program, for the past couple of summers as a counsellor.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

When you are running to a checkpoint keep looking at your map and follow long where you are on the map. This will get you more practice reading the map which is an essential part of orienteering as well as making you track your position making harder to get lost and easier to get unlost. It better to get to the checkpoint at bit slower than to run fast off and get lost.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

One of my favorite exercises is one I call Fibonacci stairs. Using a long set of stairs, you do repeats of the stairs with the number of stairs you do each time equal to where you are in the Fibonacci sequence (you do 1 step, 1 step, 2 step, 3 step and so on). Along with the stairs I like to do some core exercise after each repeat. This means you do more of the core exercise at the beginning when you are only doing 1 step but then by the end you are doing lots of steps.

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Graeme F is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: David Svoboda

Born 2000
Hometown Calgary, AB
Currently living Calgary, AB
Club FWOC
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

I had a great race at NAOC, coming in third and making few small mistakes.  I had made efficent route choices throughout the race and enjoyed the terrain.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

JWOC or JWOC Tour

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

JWOC or JWOC tour, OOCup, COC

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I have many hobbies outside of sports such as playing guitar and drawing.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

I would like to excel in school and prepare myself for Business studies at the university.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on?

I am working on map reading and running at the same time time, gradually increasing pace

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizingevents…)

I contribute to the orientring community by volunteerring and helping to organize events.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

The most important factor is that you enjoy the race and have fun on the course.

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

I analyze my own runs, draw the route I took and compare it to other competitor’s routes. I do armchair orienteering.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

I enjoy running on contour only maps.  It improves my contour reading.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, gps watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites favourites.

I use GPS watch to track my progress and condes to design courses.

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David S is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: David Bakker

Born 1999
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Salmon Arm, BC
Club Sag Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

COCs in Canmore were definitely the highlight.  I had a couple of solid races and loved the maps and mountains.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

JWOC, if I qualify.  Otherwise, I am really looking forward to the mayhem of the sprint heats at the Seattle Adventure Running Tournament.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Jukola

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

The only time my older brother has beaten me in an orienteering event is when he walked entire course, and I mispunched.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Keep my GPA up in university, choose my major, and win a top-three provincial cross country skiing aggregate.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Precise compass bearings.  All of the terrain nearby is fairly detailed, so only rough compass bearings are really needed.  I really need to work on accurate bearings for other terrain types.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I have made about a dozen maps around Salmon Arm in the past few years, and organize several local events each year.  I also manage the Sage Orienteering Club website and Facebook page.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Make an orienteering map!  Your school, the forest behind your house, pretty much anything.  The process of making a map does wonders for solidifying the relationship between the map and terrain, and has the added advantage of forcing to learn the exact definitions of the different symbols.

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 gps track all of my races and trainings.  When I get home from the event, I draw out my route before uploading the gps track to Quickroute and seeing exactly where I went.  I am also considering purchasing the new Virtual-O orienteering simulator for armchair training, but am waiting to see what more will be developed (currently there is a lack of maps – only two different ones!).

David is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Darya Sepandj

Born 1997
Hometown Calgary, AB
Currently living Canmore, AB
Club Foothills Wanders Orienteering Club
Occupation Athlete
Personal Sponsors Salomon

I started orienteering around the age of six with the Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club in Calgary. My first year consisted of holding my mother’s hand and eating cookies at the finish. The second year, I became more brave and started holding the compass. By my third year, I had mastered map holding. By the fourth year, I was willing to try Course 1 by myself. Following that I travelled around Canada and eventually found myself at the Swiss 5 days in 2012. I have been focused on biathlon for the past three years, but following the Icefields Parkway Orienteering Festival I have navigated back to orienteering (pun intended). I am now super stoked to be on the HPP team!    

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

My highlight of the season was running the last leg of the relay at the COCs and having my teammates running with me down the finish chute.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I am super excited for JWOC!!!

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

I’d love to run a sprint race in Venice.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

When I’m really excited I do cartwheels.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Outside orienteering my goals are the represent Canada at Youth/Junior World Championships for biathlon. As well as continue to pursue my education.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Route choice and map simplification.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I have done some coaching, mapping and have organized a couple of events. I even organized a biathlon orienteering event in the fall. I have also designed binder covers, a buff and a hat for FWOC and SOGO.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

My favourite training exercises are relocation exercises. Someone brings you to point on the map and you have to figure out where you are. It is very challenging and gives me the confidence to bail out when I need to.

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 have been using 3DRerun by World of O. I can access maps from all around the world and compare route choices. It is a lot of fun and easy to use. I can run a WOC race at the comfort of my own couch!

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Darya is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

2017 JWOC team announced

The following athletes will represent Canada at the 2017 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Women:
Darya Sepandj
Emma Sherwood
Emma Waddington
Nicole Whitmore

Men:
David Bakker
Leif Blake
Caelan McLean
Christian Michelsen
Jan Erik Naess
Michael Svoboda

Congratulations to those selected and thanks to everyone who applied.

Jeff Teutsch will be the JWOC Coach. Sabine Schweiger will be the Team Manager and Erik Blake will be an additional official.

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee would like to thank Stefan Bergstrom, Ross Burnett and Nevin French for being on the JWOC Selection Committee.