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Athlete Profile: Adam Woods

HometownBurnaby, BC
Currently LivingCoquitlam, BC
OccupationSoftware Developer
Training LogAttackpoint

How did you first get involved in orienteering?
I was first introduced to orienteering when I was in grade school; My parents saw an orienteering event in the city’s activity guide and decided to try it out. I biked behind my father as he navigated – I have strong memories of taking a few “shortcuts” through the bush that definitely didn’t save us any time. Unfortunately, the person putting on these events stopped after 2 summers, and I didn’t discover the existence of the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club until I was in Grade 10.

If you had one tip for a younger orienteer, what would it be?
The best way to maximize enjoyment while orienteering is to decide what you want to get out of each orienteering course. Some of the time the goal will be to learn, other times it will be to “have fun” and at big races your goal might be “to win”. The goal you have will determine the types of route choices you take + the type of experience you have. You can choose to take more inefficient routes because they are fun or because they will be better training. You get to decide what kind of experience you have when you’re out on a course!

Adam is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2020 High Performance Program.

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