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Athlete Profile: David Bakker

Born 1999
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Kelowna, BC (during the school year otherwise in Salmon Arm/travelling)
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Full-time student (and part-time orienteering mapper_
Training log Attackpoint
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What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

JWOC 2019 in Denmark if I am selected.

What is your favorite orienteering event that you have done so far?

NAOC2018.  Beautiful maps and terrain, great people, and “close” to home.  How could it be better?

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Squamish Chief just outside of Greater Vancouver.  Definitely on my bucket list for 2019.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Most important is to get a good sleep the night before and nap in the car/bus on the way to the race.  I make sure I eat and drink appropriate amounts prior to the race, and just generally try to keep relaxed and well rested leading up to the race.  I will only start bringing up the energy level around an hour before my start time.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I enjoy cross-country skiing whenever I can in winter, playing board games and cards, and learning new things.

David is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

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