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Athlete Profile: David Bakker

Born 1999
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Kelowna, BC (during the school year)
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint
Instagram xcracer3

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

My highest priority race for this coming year is JWOC in Hungary, but I am also really looking forward to visiting the Yukon for NAOCs.  The last time I visited the Yukon was for Cross Country Ski Nationals in 2016 when I was sick the entire time, and didn’t even start the final race.  I’m looking forward to redemption in the land of the midnight sun.

When did you start orienteering?

Spring 2014

What is your best orienteering memory?

Completing a 6 hour rogaine with my Dad in the grasslands above Kamloops.  Spectacular views, weather (well until the hail at the end), and even better company.

What is your favorite type of orienteering event and why?

Honestly, I don’t have a favourite.  Part of what makes this sport so great is the sheer variety of possible event formats.  I love running around the forest with no one around me, but I also love dashing around corners in urban environments in mass start heats.  Likewise, I enjoy score-o style races, but also traditional point to point.  I think orienteering would be a lot more boring if we only had one sort of event type.

What’s the best orienteering advice you’ve received?

I can’t seem to remember who told me this, but always match your speed to the terrain around you.  If you are starting to lose contact with the map in a particularly technical area – slow down!  If you are running down a trail with a definite point of where to leave it, speed up!

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

Thierry Georgiou.  He is just the master.  How can you pick anybody else?

What are some of your 2018 goals outside orienteering?

Keep my GPA up in university.

David is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

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