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Athlete Profile: Rachel May

Born 1999
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Kelowna, BC
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to for 2018? 

I am looking forward to hopefully racing for the first time at JWOC.

When did you start orienteering?

I started orienteering when I was around 5 or 6 years old.

What is your best orienteering memory?

My best orienteering memory is from the Scottish Six Day in 2015, when I had a really smooth clean run and was able to really benefit from all of the orienteering I had done that summer.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

I really liked the farsta at sprint camp in 2017 because of the sort of mass confusion of everyone running around in a very small space. The tight quarters and forking made it really important to pay attention to your own loops and really read the features on the map.

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

The best orienteering advice I’ve received is to not let little mistakes distract you from the rest of your race and to stay focused on what you can do for the rest of your run instead of dwelling on what you did in the early stages of the race.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

My dad is one of my big orienteering inspirations as well as all of the girls who are a year or two older than me, especially the ones I have known since a very young age.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

My goals for 2018 outside of orienteering include getting some of my new friends out cross-country skiing and doing well in my courses at university.


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

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