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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

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