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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 in 2019?

While there aren’t many big races for me this year and though COCs in Quebec will be a blast, I’m most looking forward to the Okanagan Adventure Running Tournament most. After last year’s success, we decided to organise it again. And even though I will be setting up and taking down courses and not racing them myself, it feels good to put something on for others occasionally. This year we are excited to try a proper qualifier-heats-final sprint format as well as some fun full-length sprints. Yes, there will be pie again for the winners (my favourite part).

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

I love city sprints, always have. And so, the natural favourite was the 2017 COC city sprint in Perth, Ontario. Even though I made some relatively large blunders and was agonizingly close to the podium, it felt like a brilliantly set course that was oodles of fun to compete on.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

The 2017 WCOCs in Manitoba were run on the Cyprus River Sand Hills map. The spear grass and thigh-high poison ivy made navigating the broken forest of subtle negative topography even more mentally challenging that it already was. Since that weekend all other maps and have felt easy; It’s a great map for putting things into perspective.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

The same way I prepare for all my races. A bowl of oatmeal with walnuts, flax, raisins, and maple syrup is my go to breakfast. I do not do an early morning activation run as I have never felt this helps. On the mental side, on the way to the race site I try to stay as calm as possible. I’m easily excitable and if the adrenalin starts too soon then there’s little buzz left for the race itself. And as a diabetic, I test my blood sugars roughly six times before a race so that I know exactly what is going on with my body and can react accordingly; Not having to worry about sugars during a competition is a huge mental break, which allows me to focus on my race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

Like many on the HPP I am a student. So, when I’m not training, chances are I’m doing school work. Last summer I wormed my way into a biophysics lab at school and so can normally be found fighting with a microscope and talking incessantly about my project to anyone who foolish enough to listen.

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Alexander C is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

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