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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 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.

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

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