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Athlete Profile: Tara Doherty

HometownBurlington, ON
Currently LivingThunder Bay, ON
Training LogAttackpoint

How did you first get involved in orienteering? 
One of my mother’s coworker’s kids were in the DontGetLost Adventure Running Kids program and told my mother about it. She signed me up, as she wanted me to be active but knew I didn’t enjoy just running. I tried a season, and really enjoyed the activities, and the map-reading, and kept going back

If you had one tip for young orienteers, what would it be?
My tip would be to not get discouraged when you get lost, even if you get so lost you have to bail or it takes you a long time to get back on track. Getting lost is part of learning to orienteer, and happens to everyone. Big mistakes can take the fun out of a race, but you can use it as motivation to learn better strategies to prevent it in the future. Ultimately, if you are really lost, don’t stress about it too much, and take the opportunity to explore wherever you are.

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

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