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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.

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