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Let's Talk Orienteering Speaker Series

Orienteering Canada will be hosting presentations over the next few weeks and months. Please join us on Zoom to talk orienteering.

Tuesday July 21, 2020
5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern
Two Generation Orienteering Families
We’ll be talking with some Canadian orienteering families who have several generations involved in the sport. Join Emma & Mike Waddington, Rachel, Abbi & Brian May, Jan Erik & Oivind Naess and Kerstin & Ross Burnett. This moderated chat will talk about orienteering “then and now”, share some favourite memories and talk about growing up in an orienteering family.


Tuesday June 23, 2020
5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern
Mountain Bike & Ski Orienteering
Have you ever wanted to branch out your orienteering expertise beyond just running? Tune in to the next installment of our Let’s Talk Orienteering Speaker Series to hear all about Ski and Mountain Bike Orienteering from some of our athletes! In two short presentations, we will learn more about Ski-O from athletes Milla Tarnopolsky and Robbie Graham who have both raced at a Ski-O World Cup. We will then listen to Molly and Randy Kemp present about MTB-O and their recent international races in Denmark. These presentations and the stories that accompany them will be interesting for all orienteers, no matter your background in skiing or cycling.


Thursday, May 27, 2020
10 am pacific / 1 pm eastern
National Team Athlete Panel
Ever wondered what’s it’s like to train and compete as an elite orienteer? Join us for this panel discussion with national team athletes Emma Waddington, Robbie Graham, Christian Michelsen, and Emily Kemp. Moderated by Canada’s High Performance Manager, Jeff Teutsch, the conversation will cover everything from training routines and international racing, to travel and life with COVID-19 and without a racing season. With the wide range of topics this webinar should be equally interesting for aspiring your orienteers and for seasoned veterans of the sport.


Thursday, May 21, 2020
5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern
We love sprint orienteering. And why you should too!
When we think of sprint orienteering in Canada, we immediately think of the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club (GVOC), host club of the popular annual Sprint Camp. GVOC is famous for inventive sprint formats and using even the smallest of areas for fabulous orienteering, year-round. Join us for this presentation with GVOC member Graeme Rennie. Graeme will talk about the basics (and not so basics) of sprint orienteering, tips for creating basic maps, a bundle of different formats for fun training and events, and how sprint orienteering can help build your orienteering club.
>Apologies for accidentally missing the first bit of the presentation. Oops!


April 29, 2020
Map reading theory
A presentation by Jeff Teutsch (High Performance Manager, ex national team member and coach Jeff Teutsch) on the theory of map reading for orienteering. Learn about various models for map reading and how you can use them to improve your orienteering skills. This presentation is relevant to all levels of orienteer.  

Here are the references that Jeff mentions during the presentation:

>Visionary Head Start article
>Article about Thierry Gueorgiou’s map route planning approach
>Book: “The Winning Eye” by Michel Gueorgiou, for sale at orienteering stores around the world. Available in Canada in French and English at o-store.ca.


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