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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

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