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Announcing Team Canada to the 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championships

The following athletes will represent Canada at the 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in Denmark (July 6-12).

Women:

Keeya Corbett
Tara Doherty
Sianna Dorsey
Rachel May
Brittany Pan

Men:

Graeme Farrand
Christian Michelsen
David Svoboda
Michael Svoboda

David Bakker declined his selection.

Congratulations to those selected and thank you to everyone who applied. We look forward to cheering you on in Denmark this summer!

We are still seeking a JWOC Coach and JWOC Team Manager. If you are interested in either of these roles, please refer to the postings for more details. The deadline is April 1 for interested candidates.

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee would like to thank Stefan Bergstrom, Cherie Revells and Nevin French for being on the JWOC Selection Committee.

Announcing the members of the 2018 High Performance Program

Orienteering Canada is pleased to announce the athlete members of the 2019 High Performance Program (HPP).

The 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 is available on the HPP webpage. New applicants must be able to submit a training log (such as on Attackpoint.org) that covers at least the six months prior and have competitive results from Championship and Canada Cup races or international equivalents in the M/F 17-18, 19-20, or 21E categories.

Read more about each athlete on the 2019 HPP by clicking on their name to read their athlete profile.

Juniors Seniors
Women:
Lillian Bakker
Keeya Corbett
Tara Doherty
Sianna Dorsey
Rachel May
Brittany Pan

Men:
David Bakker
Leo Denotkine
Graeme Farrand
Thomas Lindale
Christian Michelsen
David Svoboda
Michael Svoboda
Women:
Pia Blake
Emily Kemp
Jennifer MacKeigan
Emma Sherwood
Emma Waddington

Men:
Alexander Bergstrom
Alexander Corbett
Will Critchley
Robbie Graham
Tomas Graham
Eric Kemp
Michael Kondro
Damian Konotopetz
Jan-Erik Naess
Graeme Rennie
Adam Woods

Athlete Profile: Thomas Lindale

Born 2001
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Ottawa, ON
Club Ottawa Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I am very excited for this year’s COCs in Ottawa, Morin Heights, Laval and Rawdon. I can’t wait to explore new terrain in a region where I have never orienteered before!

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

My favourite orienteering event that I’ve ran in so far is the Hopewell Rocks HPP fundraiser in 2015. The Hopewell Rocks in Lower Cape, NB are incredible; before running in the event, I’ve wanted to visit them for a very long time. It was amazing discovering the site while running a race!

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

One of my favourite maps in Canada is the various sections of the Carp Ridge, located just west of my hometown of Ottawa. The Carp Ridge has huge sections of technically challenging terrain with small, indistinct hills with wide open forest with lakes sprinkled throughout. Many will remember the area from NAOC 2014, Ontario Championships in 2015 and Ottawa O-Fest in 2017.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

In the weeks leading up to the event, I always read the race bulletin from cover to cover as soon as it becomes available. Especially if the race is out of town, I find it really helps me to be in control/calm if I know exactly what’s going on and what to expect for the day.

On race day, I always start my morning with a bowl of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast – I find it gives me lots of energy! Then, I arrive at the race site at least 1.5 hours to my start time. I start my warm up and then run my race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

Outside of orienteering, I am extensively involved at my high school. I am Finance Executive on Student Council and Team Lead of Stage Crew.

Thomas is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Tara Doherty

Born 2001
Hometown Burlington, ON
Currently living Burlington, ON
Club DontGetLost
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I am looking forwards to Canadians, as I have never done any orienteering in Montreal. I am excited to see how the terrain will differ from my usual maps. I am also excited to run a bigger race and challenge myself to compete to the best of my abilities.

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

My favorite orienteering event has been the 2018 Icebreaker from Don’t Get Lost. It was a very fun course with variety of route choices. The terrain was incredibly fun to run through, as there were big valleys with rivers running through them.

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

I think they should try the map for Foley Mountain. It has a variety of different symbols that are not in maps in the GTA. The navigation is challenging and compass work is very helpful. It is also buggy in the spring, which challenges your focus, so it really tests your ability to stick to a route choice.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I usually make sure that I am active during the weeks before the race, and go easier the week of the race, so I don’t over do it and tire myself out beforehand. I also go over map symbols before I race, to try and limit any confusion during the race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I play and referee soccer. I’ve played soccer for the past 7 years and enjoy both the physical and mental aspect of it. I also enjoy macro photography, although I am not able to do it too often. I enjoy reading, mainly fiction and fantasy novels, as well as some historical non-fiction novels.

Tara is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Lillian Bakker

Born 2002
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Salmon Arm, BC
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I’m looking forward to Vancouver sprint camp!  This year, I’m hoping for better results since I’ve been training a lot more, and I’m also hoping for better weather than last year!  I really enjoy sprints because things happen fast with lots of split-second decisions and tons of features.

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

The 2018 NAOC/COC sprint was my favourite race since it was an awesome mix of urban and forest orienteering in Carcross.

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

Everybody needs to run on the McPherson maps.  I had a great time at BC champs on the middle.  The forest was mainly open and the terrain was varied with runnable creeks, exciting contours and awesome rock features.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Freak out : )!  This is an area that I am working on improving right now.  I try to stay calm, get a really good sleep the night before and eat well.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I love XC skiing, and also do some mountain biking in the spring and summer.  I also enjoy art, especially drawing charcoal portraits.  Over the winter, I have a fun time working at the Larch Hills XC ski store, John’s Ski Shack.

Lillian is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Leo Denotkine

Born 2001
Hometown Montreal, QC
Currently living Montreal, QC
Club Ramblers Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I’m looking forward to participating at the COCs and at West Point.

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

My favourite orienteering event was the Portugal-O Meeting 2019 at Figueira da Foz, especially the sprint Night-O map on the first day.

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

I think all orienteers should run the Hopewell Rocks Sprint “Race on the Ocean Floor” HPP fundraiser in New Brunswick as it’s an entirely different type of terrain and a complete change of pace.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I prepare for my O-meets with the classic good night sleep, a good warm-up and deep breaths to get my head in the game to focus and get the first few controls.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I like to hang out with friends and play video games outside of orienteering.

Leo is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Keeya Corbett

Born 2002
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Salmon Arm, BC
Club SAGE
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

Keeya is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Brittany Pan

Born 2001
Hometown Oakville, ON
Currently living Oakville, ON
Club DontGetLost
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

JWOC

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

The NAOC Middle

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

Lewes Lake

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

By adjusting training to prepare for the length of the race and the terrain.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

Other sports, anything outdoors.

Brittany is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Volunteer Opportunities: Team Manager and Coach for Team Canada at JWOC and WOC 2019

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is seeking applicants for the volunteer positions of team manager and coach for the 2019 World Orienteering Championship in Norway (August 12-17, 2019 with a training period up to a week before) and Junior World Orienteering Championships in Denmark (July 6-12, 2019 with a training period up to a week before).

Email applications to hpp@orienteering.ca by April 1, 2019.

Details are available at these links:

JWOC Team Manager 2019 – call for applications
JWOC Coach 2019 – call for applications

WOC Team Manager 2019 – call for applications
WOC Coach 2019 – call for applications

New! Skills and Development Database

Orienteering Canada is excited to announce the official release of our Skills and Development Database, available at skills.orienteering.ca. This online resource has been designed as an information hub (an online database) particularly for coaches but also has lots of information that is interesting and useful for all orienteers wanting to improve. Our goal with this project is to improve the development of orienteers as athletes and as people and through that, to grow the sport of orienteering.

The database contains information about our Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) as well as about the many varied skills orienteers should know from “Knowing the key elements of an orienteering map” to “Maintaining a good pre- and post-sleep routine“. The goal is to include skills that all orienteers of all skills and ages need to learn whether they are casual recreational orienteers or are aiming to become a world class competitor. Each skill is grouped as one of the following:

Each skill or practice lists the LTAD stage (related to age) at which orienteers should be learning that skill or applying that practice. Many skills also list links to relevant online resources. Some of these resources are further reading, some are exercises and games you can do, and some are videos explaining how to perform the skill.

There are currently over 150 skills and practices in the database – the majority of which are skills orienteers should be learning as youth or can learn as an adult entering the sport. The long term goal is to expand those 150 skills to well over 600. To do that we would love to have help from the broader orienteering community. As you explore the website, registered and logged in users (read on for more info) are encouraged to submit comments via the comment forms with suggestions of other skills to add, additional detail or content for any given skill, etc. These comments are private and are sent to the site administrator who will do his best to respond to all comments.  Worthwhile suggestions will be added to the website. You can also send an email directly to skills@orienteering.ca with any comments or feedback you have.

The skills in the Active StartFUNdamentals, and Learn to Train stages (0 to ~ 12 years old) are available publicly and don’t require a log in to view and explore.  We encourage everyone to create an account and log in to view view additional content (skills for the TRain to Train through Train to Win and Active for Life stages) and to be able to submit comments. Currently, to access the skills for the Train to Train through Train to Win and Active for Life stages, you need to be logged in and manually be provided access by an administrator (you can request access via your account settings page). In the future there will likely be additional features that require you to be logged in.

At the moment access to the Train to Train through Train to Win and Active for Life stage skills are only be provided to Canadian orienteers.  Everyone is welcome view the skills in the Active Start, Fundamentals, and Learn to Train stages.

Please explore the website as you will and share any or all of the above links and information with anyone who think might benefit from it. Any questions can be directed to Jeff Teutsch at skills@orienteering.ca.