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Athlete Profile: Emma Waddington

HometownHamilton, ON
Currently LivingHamilton, ON
Helsingin Suunnistajat
OccupationAdventure Running Kids Schools Instructor
Training LogAttackpoint
Personal SponsorsEndurance Tap
NVii Sport
DK Orthotic Solutions

How did you first get involved in orienteering?
When my family was living in Sweden in 2006, I was basically forced to start learning from my dad. I started doing some of the kid’s courses in the local club OK Linne. When we came back to Canada, my dad used to make me attend events when I was younger, but I didn’t really enjoy it too much since nobody there was my age. Then, Dontgetlost started our Adventure Running Kids program, and I started to really enjoy the sport since there were so many friends to train with! This then inspired me to join the national team and I’ve been on it ever since

What would a typical week of training look like for you (at a part of the season of your choosing)?
During the months prior to a large event (usually in the spring before summer racing, or during fall cross country season), my week consists of: 2 sessions of strength training a week, plus 1 session of core a week. In the racing months my lifting sessions are a bit lighter in weight but with more endurance focus, as opposed to heavy/shorter lifts in the winter base training months. These lifts are usually after a 30-45 minute recovery run (or cross-training) with strides. My week will also have 2-3 interval workouts a week. One will be more tempo-based usually with hills, another will be longer intervals with bigger rest, and a third with shorter intervals and little rest. On the weekend I will do a long run (or bike) of 80-100 minutes, and finally a rest day with lots of stretching.

If you had one tip for young orienteers, what would it be?

What is your big life orienteering goal?
If I can make it to another WUOC during my educational career, my goal is to medal in the sprint race!

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

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