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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

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