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Athlete Profile: Lillian Bakker

HometownSalmon Arm, BC
Currently Living
Salmon Arm, BC
Training Log Attackpoint

How did you first get involved in orienteering? 
Orienteering was a just a strange and unique thing that some of my Cross Country ski coaches did until my family attended an event in Kamloops one Sunday. My Dad and my older brother David were instantly hooked, and as a result, I was dragged along to many events. It wasn’t until I turned fourteen that I finished a race, looked back at it, and was like “Wow, that was really fun!” Ever since then, instead of finding orienteering frustrating, I view each race as a fun challenge and as a time to just enjoy running through new places in the great outdoors.

If you had one tip for young orienteers, what would it be?
I definitely still consider myself a young orienteer! However, if I had to give advice I would say do not focus on the result, focus on the experience. I find that when I focus on having fun and running hard instead of focusing on how far ahead or behind I am, I have way better races and I enjoy them more. Also, I like to choose one particular goal, like reading ahead, for each race and focus on that specifically. Since there are not a ton of orienteering training sessions in Salmon Arm, the thing that improves my orienteering most is racing.

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

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