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2021 Junior Development Team

Andrew McLaren

Year of Birth: 2003 Club: FWOC
Hometown: Calgary, ABCurrently Living: Calgary, AB
Occupation: Student Training Log
Instagram: @Andrew_j_mclaren

How did you first get involved in orienteering? When I was 11 or 12 I joined the SOGO Level 2 program in Calgary and then moved up into the Level 3 program where I started going to local events. When I got into the more competitive aspect of orienteering is when I really started to love the sport.

What is your big life orienteering goal? To keep orienteering for as long as I can and to never stop enjoying it. Also to represent Canada and majors events, but mainly the former.


Brenden Doogan

Year of Birth: 2004 Club: Dontgetlost
Hometown: Burlington, ON Currently Living: Burlington, ON
Occupation: Student Training Log

How did you first get involved in orienteering? DontGetLost’s Adventure Running Kids program. There was a flyer in the Well Wood Charity Run’s signup package advertising the program. I joined when I was about 8 or 9.

If you had one tip for young orienteers what would it be? Memorize the legend and look for patterns in the terrain and map. Looking for patterns in the land can help visualize what the next step in the race will be.

What would a typical week of training look like for you? In a typical year, in the spring season I would participate in orienteering practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the possibility of a race on the weekend. Mondays and Fridays I would go to CrossFit classes and on Wednesdays I would go for a lighter run.

How do you normally prepare for an important race? I prepare for an important race by increasing the volume of orienteering I do. I feel that the mental gymnastics needed to navigate on a map is the cure to the amount of boredom I face when road running. Additionally, the inevitable mistakes that are made help me identify and iron out issues with my navigation.

What is your big life orienteering goal? My biggest orienteering goal is to participate in the World Orienteering Championships. However, in the meantime, and in order for me to get there, I feel that I would like to gain more confidence in my abilities and learn more niche information on the sport.


Evan Raz

Year of Birth: 2003Club: OOC
Hometown: Ottawa, ON Currently Living: Ottawa, ON
Occupation: Student Training Log     

How did you first get involved in orienteering? I first got involved in the sport by participating in the Ottawa Orienteering Youth Program, which really helped fuel my love for map running at a young age.

If you had one tip for young orienteers what would it be? Look around and see what kind of programs are offered in your area, and try to make it to as many events as possible!

What would a typical week of training look like for you? I like to do a variety of training activities, making sure to mix in some armchair orienteering as well. My favourite ways to train include regular meets, trail runs, and biking, as well as analysis using routegadget and worldofO.

How do you normally prepare for an important race? I tend to stress myself out, so I try really hard to stay calm, relaxed, and ready.

What is you big life orienteering goal? My main goal is to reach a point where I can consistently perform well, and feel confident that every run will go smoothly (and that if it doesn’t I can always recover quickly)


Ewan Winn

Year of Birth: 2004Club: FWOC
Hometown: Calgary, ABCurrently Living: Calgary, AB
Occupation: StudentInstagram @ewan_winn

How did you first get involved in orienteering? My parents got me involved in Orienteering from the start. I remember doing a string course in switzerland when I was 2 years old. I’ve been trough all of the stages in the orienteering program, from when I was a toddler to now. The first big competition I remember going to was the NAOCs in Arnprior in 2014.

What would a typical week of training look like for you? Normally I have a structured workout 4 times a week, and the other 3 days I will go for a jog or run for about half an hour. during a structured workout I’ll do 10-20 minutes of warm up, which includes a short run, dynamic stretches and a couple acceleration sprints. The workout normally consists of intervals, either speed or endurance based with a set amount of rest. After I’ll typically do a 1 kilometre cooldown jog.


Keeya Corbett

Year of Birth: 2002Club: SAGE
Hometown: Salmon Arm, BCCurrently Living: Salmon Arm, BC
Occupation: Instagram @Koalakeeya

How did you first get involved in orienteering? A ski coach for my ski team would set up a course for a fun practice.

If you had one tip for young orienteers what would it be? My tip for Young orienteers would be to not get distracted by those running around only focus on where you need to go.

What would a typical week of training look like for you? During the beginning of the season I like to have already a 5km run base and will work up from that until at least 10km. Around this time I am also do an alternating each week of zone 4 and zone 3 intervals. I also do strength at least once a week (including core).

How do you normally prepare for an important race? Before a race I like to look over and run on the warm up map ( if available). I also like to listen to music so I can have one point of focus when visualizing my race and not the noise of other people.

What is your big life orienteering goal? I would eventually be able to attend WOC. I would also like to attend JWOC again.


Lukas Raz

Year of Birth: 2005Club: OOC
Hometown: Ottawa, ONCurrently Living: Ottawa, ON
Occupation: Student Training Log

How did you first get involved in orienteering? I first got into orienteering by participating in a summer course as a fun activity. I then started going to local events, and this sport quickly became my focus.

If you had one tip for young orienteers what would it be? My tip to new and young orienteers would be to remember that there are multiple aspects of orienteering. Don’t only work on your fitness, or your map reading. Make sure to balance your training out over all these things.

What would a typical week of training look like for you? A typical week of training during the winter involves quite a few activities. I try to take advantage of the different options you have to improve your strength in the winter, so I alternate between things like snowshoe racing, biking, running, and skiing.

How do you normally prepare for an important race? When I’m preparing for an important race, I try to focus on improving what I did poorly last time. Every race is a learning opportunity, and every race shows me what I need to change for the next one.

What is your big life orienteering goal? My big orienteering goal is to be able to compete with the world’s best at global events.


Robyn Astridge

Year of Birth: 2004Club: FWOC
Hometown: Calgary, ABCurrently Living: Calgary, AB
Occupation: Student

How did you first get involved in orienteering? When I was very young, my parents would push me around on a stroller around city park orienteering courses in Calgary. A few years later, when I was old enough, I got involved in FWOC’s junior program.

What would a typical week of training look like for you? During a regular fall season, my week would look something like this: Monday: swim practice, orienteering, Tuesday: swim practice, Wednesday: swim practice and core work, Thursday: running intervals, swim practice, Friday: swim practice, weights, Saturday: morning swim practice, afternoon orienteering, Sunday: sprint orienteering.


Sianna Litzen

Year of Birth: 2001Club: Dontgetlost
Hometown: Dundas, ONCurrently Living: Dundas, ON
Occupation: Student

How did you first get involved in orienteering? My mom signed me up for DontGetLost’s Adventure Running Kids program when it first started.

If you had one tip for young orienteers what would it be? It is ok to make mistakes!

What would a typical week of training look like for you? Two to three runs, two to three strength, and three to four bikes.

What is your big life orienteering goal? Orienteer all over the world!


Tara Doherty

Year of Birth: 2001Club: Dontgetlost
Hometown: Burlington, ONCurrently Living: Thunder Bay, ON
Occupation: StudentTraining Log
Instagram @_tara_doherty

How did you first get involved in orienteering? My mother found DontGetLost’s kids program through one of her co-workers, and signed me up when I was 13. She wanted to find a sport that got me moving and kept me outside, so orienteering seemed like the perfect choice. I wasn’t an athletic kid, but pretty quickly fell in love with the mental aspect of orienteering. I did the kid’s program for 2 years, before starting to run races, and really focusing on orienteering.

If you had one tip for young orienteers what would it be? My tip for young orienteers is to take things slow. Orienteering is a very mental sport, and it takes time to get the hang of the technical aspects. Going slower while making sure you stay in control of where you are really helps build the skills needed to move faster in the future. For the most part, going slower while staying in control usually ends up being faster than rushing and making big mistakes.


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