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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.

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