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NAOC/COC early bird regis extended to April 8

From the organizers:

Because the North American and Canadian Orienteering champs early registration deadline falls in the middle of Easter weekend, the organizers have extended the early deadline to Sunday, April 8. Visit to register.



Canada at the Ski-Orienteering World Cup and World Masters

Several  Canadians participated in last week’s Ski Orienteering World Cup and World Masters Championship in Craftsbury, Vermont.

Event website / results

Robbie Graham, Milla Tarnoplolsky and Alex Bergstrom represented Canada in the World Cup:

Robbie Graham / Sprint 28th / Middle 26th / Sprint Relay 18th
Milla Tarnoplosky / Sprint 21st / Middle 21st / Sprint Relay 18th
Alex Bergstrom / Sprint 32nd / Middle 28th

The following Canadian orienteers competed in the World Masters:
Alin Duca
Philippe Cote Jacques
Nick Duca
Val Duca
Marketa Graham
Pam James
Jacqueline Tarnopolsky
Mark Gibbard
Ciprian Coman
Lach Yadkov
Mike Waddington
Cathy Bakker
Anita Brattland
Mary Ellen Connolly
Mark Tarnopolosky
Andrew Cornett
Paul Lefebvre
Ralph Lindzon
Stefan Bergstrom
Vladimir Gavrilov

Congratulations to these Canadians made the podium in the World Masters events:

W45 Val Duca – 2nd
W50 Marketa Graham – 2nd
W50 Pam James – 3rd
M50 Mark Gibbard – 3rd
W55 Cathy Bakker – 1st
W55 Anita Brattland – 2nd
W55 Mary Ellen Connolly – 3rd

Middle (combined of 2 races)
M40 Nick Duca – 2nd
W45 Val Duca – 2nd
W50 Pam James – 2nd
W50 Marketa Graham – 3rd
W55 Anita Brattland – 1st
W55 Mary Ellen Connolly – 2nd

2018 Jr National Training Camp registration now open

The 2018 Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp will be held August 15-16 in Whitehorse, Yukon, right before the North American Orienteering Championships in the Whitehorse area.

  • Registration is now open online
  • For more details, please see this document
  • Please note that camp registration is SEPARATE from NAOC and COC registration.

Announcing the members of the 2018 High Performance Program

Orienteering Canada is please to announce the 2018 High Performance Program.

The High Performance Program (HPP) is designed specifically to support athletes who wish to achieve excellence in international orienteering. The HPP offers coaching support, training opportunities, and other benefits that will assist athletes in achieving their goals. The HPP supports athletes in the Learn to Compete, Train to Compete and Train to Win stages of Orienteering Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

Any athlete wanting to compete in JWOC, WOC, World Cups, WUOC or World Games must be a member of the HPP. Full details on the application process, along with details on what the HPP can offer athletes, can be found in the Athlete Handbook which in available on the HPP webpage.

Read more about each athlete by clicking on their name to read their athlete profile.

Junior Women:
Sianna Dorsey
Rachel May
Emma Waddington
Nicole Whitmore

Junior Men:
David Bakker
Leif Blake
Graeme Farrand
Tomas Graham
Christian Michelsen
Jan-Erik Naess
David Svoboda
Michael Svoboda
Senior Women:
Pia Blake
Emily Kemp
Jennifer MacKeigan
Tori Owen
Emma Sherwood

Senior Men:
Alexander Bergstrom
Alexander Corbett
Will Critchley
Robbie Graham
Eric Kemp
Michael Kondro
Damian Konotopetz
Caelan McLean
Graeme Rennie
Adam Woods

Long time canadian orienteer Earle Phillips has passed away

Long-time champion of orienteering in Canada, Earle Phillips, passed away peacefully on February 12 at the age of 80. Living in the Hamilton area, Earle was active right to the end of his life, most recently completing a 10km run in November of 2017. Earle will be remembered by the orienteering community for his active involvement over a span of more than 30 years, during which he served as a board member at the club, provincial and national level, and was meet director or controller for numerous Canadian and North American Championships from the 1975 COCs to the 2006 NAOCs. Condolences from Orienteering Canada to Earle’s family and friends.

Earle’s obituary from the Hamilton Spectator:

Athlete Profile: Sianna Dorsey


Born 2001
Hometown Dundas, ON
Currently living Dundas, ON
Club DontGetLost
Occupation Student; Lifeguard/instructor and child and youth staff

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

SSR, COC, and NAOC in Yukon

When did you start orienteering?

I started Orienteering in 2013.

What is your best orienteering memory?

Being able to compete in the COCs in Perth this year.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

My favourite orienteering event is the sprint distance because I like navigating through towns and universities.

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

If there is a checkpoint that is really hard to find, pick a point close to it that will be easier to find and go from there.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

Sandy Hott

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

To continue doing triathlons and place in the top three for my age category. To excel in my schooling, and to get my driver’s license.


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

Athlete Profile: Michael Kondro

Born 1993
Hometown Calgary, AB
Currently living Calgary, AB

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?


When did you start orienteering?


What is your best orienteering memory?

I was feeling confident about crossing a small stream at AOC’s to find that it was a deep hole and I stepped in water that went well over my head. Needless to say I was soaked for the rest of the race.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

Sprint. Short and fast.

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

Don’t get lost. -Damian Konotopetz

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

Damian Konotopetz, he got me into orienteering and has been an awesome coach and training partner

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

Break 2:30 in the KM.


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

Athlete Profile: Alexander Corbett

Born 1997
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? 

All of them! Specifically, I’m looking forward to heading up to the Yukon for NaOC and possibly over to Europe for WUOC.  I am also involved with the running of an inaugural sprint tournament in the Okanagan which will be a very fun and exciting time.

When did you start orienteering?

My ski coaches set up a course for the training of the day many years ago. Ever since then we’ve been orienteering regularly in the ski club. I didn’t really start racing however until I made to trip to attend BCOCs in Cranbrook/Kimberley BC on a whim.

What is your best orienteering memory?

Maybe not the best orienteering memory but certainly the best orienteering related memory involved a lot of water. I went to Sweden to training XC-skiing with the Swedish junior team and at that camp, for one of the trainings, we were given a marked route on an orienteering map and told to follow it to the letter. Somewhere along the way we found ourselves thigh deep in a marsh 1.5km long. With friends and a good attitude, even being wet and cold can be fun.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

Sprints, I find, are the most fun. People and controls everywhere with little room for error make for an exciting time, albeit I need to work on these. Plus, they have a tendency to be urban and I have a penchant for 90˚ corners.

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

“It’s better to know where you are than to keep on running”. Once when I was younger and running a race on the same course as the masters, I ran about bouncing from feature from feature looking for the controls while the experienced orienteers would beat me to every single one by walking. I got a few map reading lessons that day.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

In recent years I have only been at the fringes of this sport and so have not been exposed to big name athletes well enough to look up to any of them. On that note, I went to COCs for the first time this year and was very impressed at the speed of the people in my category; Fast people make good carrots.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

Long story short, I want to maintain a sport-school-life balance all while keeping my grades up very high and competing at a national and maybe international level in multiple sports all while still finding time breath and drink some tea. I am also trying to be selected for the Canadian team going to the World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia for Cross Country Skiing.


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