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Athlete Profile: Alec LeHelloco

Born2004
HometownOttawa, ON
Currently Living Paris, France
ClubOrienteering Ottawa
OccupationStudent

How did you first get involved in orienteering?
When I was 10 years old, I was living in Ottawa, and my parents bought a house in a new neighbourhood. Soon after we moved in, I met with my neighbour. The man was very interesting, and he explained to my family what orienteering is. In fact, he was very much involved with the Ottawa orienteering club and it did not take long for my family to join one of the meets that get organized on Sunday mornings. For the first time I ran, I was with my parents, we took a course that probably was a bit over our totally beginner level, and we got quite lost. And I loved it! Since then my neighbour showed me maps, and explained lots of things to me during our “driveway discussions”. And he even gave me some really nice orienteering maps, which I still have. Since then I never stopped orienteering, even after I moved out of Ottawa, and I will certainly never forget Brian Graham, the man who made me love maps, love running in the woods, and love orienteering.

What is your big life orienteering goal?
My main goal as an orienteering competitor is to someday represent Canada at the WOC (World Orienteering Championships). To achieve this objective I want to train and keep progressing over the next 6 years. But my bigger life goal in orienteering is to practice this wonderful sport during my whole life, for as long as I can run or walk really, and keep enjoying navigating through the beautiful forests of our Planet.


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

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