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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.

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