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Vol. 29 No. 1 SPRING 2000

ISSN 0227-6658


Junior Training Camp
Two for One FUNdraiser
National Junior Training Camp - August 20-24, 2000
Canadian Championships - Air Travel Suggestions
Spring Board Meeting Notes
Draft Promotion Plan
O Canada Electronic Information Delivery Plan
O Meet Organizers
Electronic Punching System - Canadian Debut
IOF - WOC Programme proposal
C O F Sale Items & Benefits
COF and Association Contact

National Junior Training Camp - August 20-24, 2000

Junior orienteers attending COC 2000 and have not yet registered for the Junior Camp are requested to do so as soon as possible. Complete information can be obtained from:

a) COF web page: www.orienteering.ca then log on to the COC page "all the details":

b) L. Smith, RR #2 Albert, New Brunswick, E0A 1A0
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COC - Two for One FUNdraiser

A National Team FUNdraiser will be held on August 22, as part of the COC week. The event is being held at Rockwood Park, site of the COC Short on August 23 and will provide a first hand introduction to the Rockwood Park terrain and map.

The registration fee includes two events:

1. - Normal type courses with emphasis on Short distance type control legs and locations.

2. - Two Person Team Event. A detailed description of the event is included on page?.

Event 2 will be held following event 1 with a time break for lunch and permit `make-up' teams to be formed.

The emphasis will be on the FUN in FUNdraiser.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the National Team Fund.

Benefits from participation in this event are three-fold

a) A bargain - Two events for the same price

b) Supporting our national team

c) Pre- COC Short training opportunity

If you have not already registered for this event - DO IT NOW or when you arrive at the COC Registration.
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National Junior Training Camp - August 20-24, 2000

Junior orienteers attending COC 2000 and have not yet registered for the Junior Camp are requested to do so as soon as possible. Complete information can be obtained from:

a) COF web page: www.orienteering.ca then log on to the COC page "all the details":

b) L. Smith, RR #2 Albert, New Brunswick, E0A 1A0

email: smithwe@nbnet.nb.ca.
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Canadian Championships - Air Travel Suggestions

planning to attend the coc and not yet made flight arrangements? some options to consider:

a) halifax - 3 hour drive from coc location

b) moncton - via westjet - several members reported that westjet fares are cheaper than other airlines fares to fredericton. westjet has flights from most major cities to moncton.

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Board Meeting Notes

COF board of directors meeting, April 8, 2000, Calgary, Alberta.

In attendance: Colin Kirk, Geraint Edmunds, Sheldon Friesen, Richard James, Ray St Laurent, Annette Van Tyghem.

Absent: Catherine Hagen


The 1995 Annual Meeting adopted a motion that "provincial/territorial associations organize each year a national team fund raiser event with the proceeds contributed to the national team fund"

Current situation: Few fund raiser events are being held with very little revenue generated for the national team. National team athletes have to contribute a substantial portion of the costs of attending the WOC. Several athletes have declined selection to our WOC team due to the considerable amount of money they have to contribute.

Action: Associations to be reminded of the 1995 AGM decision. National squad athletes must become involved - solicit associations to include national team fund raiser event in association schedule.

2. ROGAINE - proposed International Rogaining Federation (IRF).

An Australian based group are actively campaigning formation of an IRF independent from the IOF. The COF has been contacted to become members of the proposed new federation.

Situation: The COF is a member federation of the IOF. The IOF stated that rogaining is a form of orienteering and IOF is responsible for all forms of orienteering. The IOF consider Rogaining part of Marathon Orienteering which includes Mountain Marathons, Raids and Rogaining.

Decision: The COF will not become members of the

proposed IRF. Rogaining events can be organised under the present orienteering structure.


There is concern about the future of the APOC. The APOC council are seeking input as to what steps can/should be taken.

Situation: When APOC was introduced there were few major international events held outside Europe. Recent years has seen the World Masters Championships, World Ranking Events, Park World Tour emerge as major international events resulting in reduced status for APOC. Few elite level athletes compete and few competitors from nations outside the immediate hosting region - ie. when APOC in Australia/New Zealand very few North Americans attend.

Decision: It is difficult to refute the facts presented by the APOC council and equally difficult to provide solutions. Loss of APOC would increase the already heavy European influence in international orienteering and curtail development of orienteering as an international sport. Efforts should be made to retain APOC as a viable event and the APOC council encouraged to retain the event.

4. COC Eligibility.

Questions regarding persons eligible to win COC awards ie. Canadian citizens residing outside Canada; Landed Immigrants.

Should there be a residency clause eg. minimum of 12 months residence in Canada prior to COC with exception for members attending college overseas or on military/business assignment.

Decision. This question/concern has been raised many times. It is difficult for COC organizers to determine the eligibility status of competitors. This is an ethics matter. The COF and organizers must rely on the integrity of competitors.

5. COC Junior Fees.

Concern that COC Junior fees are too high and restricting participation of juniors.

Decision: Prior to 1997 there were maximum fees for COC. The 1997 AGM adopted a motion that gave COC organizers the right to establish COC fees. Suggestion for change must be made in motion form to the AGM. There will be a motion presented to the 2000 AGM on this topic.

6. AGM 2000 - NEW FORMAT.

Situation: For many years the AGM was held on a weekend. This provided sufficient time for review and discussion of agenda items and future plans. The 1996 AGM decided future AGM's would be held in conjunction with the COC. The would: reduce time commitments and costs; permit members to attend/participate in the AGM.

Results have been unsatisfactory. Insufficient time available during COC week: AGM often in conflict with events; local organizers unable to attend due to COC involvement; anticipated member participation has not materialized.

Decision: It was decided that the AGM will continue to be held in conjunction with the COC. The AGM will be scheduled as a full day event. This year the AGM will be on Thursday, August 24. Future AGM's will be scheduled for either the day prior or day following the COC.

A new 2 -Phase format will be used: Phase 1 - Discussion Phase; Phase 2 - Business Phase. (see AGM notice)


a) Promotion - G. Edmunds. Promotion Work Plan.(page 4-5)

b) Technology - Ray St Laurent. Electronic Information Delivery Plan (page 6-7)

c) Officials - Annette Van Tyghem. Meeting held to review certification program.

Recommendation: Changes to Level 2 and 3 - emphasis on technical components: Course Planning and Controlling. Modify Level 3 to align with IOF Controller program.

d) Standards - Richard James. Recommended Wining Times. Concerns have been raised as to the RWT for some classes eg. Course 4 is used for several classes and covers a wide range of ages . It is not possible for all classes to meet the RWT. Course 4 RWT's should reviewed.

e) National Teams - C. Hagen.

Situation: It was previously decided that COC 2000 would be used for Pre-selection purposes. The committee are reviewing selection criteria for pre-selection and final selection in Spring 2001.

Action: It is important athletes be aware of the selection criteria well in advance of the COC. The National Team committee was directed to forward the WOC 2001 Selection Proposal to the COF board by April 30 for review/approval etc .The board to advise within 7 days. Approved Selection Criteria to be posted on the COF web site and published in the Spring 200O issue of Orienteering Canada.


On behalf of the COF board I extend sincere thanks to:

AOA president, Charlotte MacNaughton for arranging meeting facilities in the Merak Corporation premises;

Foothills Wanderers OC members, Doug/Nancy Craig, Kitty Jones/Andy Newson and Olav Nippen for providing accommodation;

Geraint Edmunds for transportation tp/from the airport.

Colin Kirk, president
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Draft Promotion Plan

Gernat Edmunds, Promotion


· To increase participation on Orienteering


· Increased availability of suitable orienteering opportunities.

· Successful promotion of beginner orienteering opportunities.

· Positive experiences for new orienteers.

· Effective follow up.

· Increased volunteer pool.

· Retention of existing orienteers.

COF Role:

· Develop a network of promotion minded orienteers across the country.

· Facilitate exchange of ideas and strategies.

· Develop promotion strategy templates suitable for clubs and associations of differing sizes.

· Encourage clubs and associations to adopt the goals.

· Develop supporting materials to help clubs and associations achieve the goals.

· Develop ways for stronger clubs to help the smaller organizations.

- Mapping support

- Official training/mentoring support

- Web page support

- Record keeping and follow up support

- News letter support

· Together with Provincial associations, develop a support system to help new clubs form.

· Organize support services such as park meet official training.

Some attributes of suitable orienteering opportunities:

· Events close to or in population centres eg: parks to

minimize time commitment beginners have to make.

· Events easy to find.

· Series of regularly scheduled events.

· Newcomers welcomed.

- Typical orienteer profiles.

- Schools, scouts, guides.

- Groups such as hiking clubs, ski clubs.

Follow up:

· Record keeping

· Follow up communication.

· Promote club memberships.

· Services to members.

Increase volunteer pool:

· Provide volunteer opportunities for helping at events.

· Encourage first time volunteers.

· Thank volunteers.

· Avoid burnout by having lots of volunteers.

· Provide training, technical and moral support.

Retain existing active orienteers:

· Provide learning/coaching opportunities.

· Provide opportunities to progress step by step through advanced beginner and intermediate level courses.

· Provide high quality orienteering opportunities.

· Provide opportunities for personal skill improvement.

· Registration easy, but collecting sufficient information for follow up.

· Pre-marked maps.

· Adequate beginner instruction but not overload.

· Courses well designed to give beginners a successful and fun experience.

· Friendly post orienteering opportunity to discuss how it went.

· Information on future events is available.

· Permanent courses.

· School Outreach programs.
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2000 Annual General Meeting

Some possible attributes of promotion of beginner orienteering opportunities:

· Encourage existing orienteers to introduce friends & acquaintances to orienteering eg.

- Free entries.

- Prize for bringing most in a season.

· Provide information aimed at first time participants.

- Info on suitable clothes & equipment needed.

- Explanation of time window and time requirements.

- Info on beginner instruction available.

· Make schedule info available on orienteering opportunities accessible:

- Web page with schedule and links to other pages.

- Regular free ads in community "what's on" listings.

· Promote Orienteering as beginner friendly:

- Always beginner courses

- Low equipment needs.

- Availability of beginner instruction.

· Promote benefits of orienteering:

- Health

- Skill development

- Family activity

· Identify potential promotion targets


IOF Council member and Portugal Orienteering Federation president, Higino Esteves, prepared diagrams to illustrate common problems/concerns plus suggestions to address these concerns. These diagrams "What should we do?" are shown on pages 16-17.

Date: Thursday, August 24, 2000

Location: Alma Community Centre , Alma, New Brunswick

Time: Phase 1 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m

Phase 2 2 p.m - 5 p.m.

Phase 1 Discussion session. Topics will pertain to motions and proposals submitted by the COF board, associations and committees.

Phase 2 Business session. Approval of reports, financial statements, budgets, motions, awarding future championships, election of officers.

Only association delegates can vote at the Phase 2 Business session.

For many years our AGM was held in late Fall and attended by association delegates and COF board members. For several reasons a decision was made to hold the AGM in conjunction with the COC.

1. Prior to 1993 we received funding for association delegate, and board members travel and accommodation.

2. A weekend meeting often involved additional travel days for some delegates and sometimes days off work.

3. An AGM held in conjunction with the COC would attract members to attend. This was an important factor in moving the AGM to the COC week.

The change to the COC week has not had the anticipated results with few members attending. Unfortunately, the COC week is usually filled with a number of events with the AGM scheduled into whatever time slots remain.

COC 2000 organizers included an `open' day in the COC week which allows members an opportunity to attend the AGM. The 2 - Phase format provides a forum for members to express their views on the discussion topics.

On behalf of the COF board of directors I invite members participating in COC 2000 to the AGM.
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Electronic Information Delivery Plan

Ray St. Laurent, Chair, Technology Committee


Determine the most viable information products to be developed for near term electronic availability from the COF on the basis of increased service and/or decreased cost. In this context the products are types of documents or correspondence.


The current COF website provides news, background information, email access to COF, and contacts with various orienteering organizations. These features should be maintained and developed in an evolutionary manner as time permits.

Any new products should be provided in a manner that minimizes operating platform restrictions placed on users. This means that systems that require Windows, Java. email attachments, or cookies should be avoided. To give a concrete example, many university students have limited accounts on Unix based platforms that do not allow email attachments (attached files must be text only and appear in the body of the email message).

Two additional types of products that COF could provide are `Form Request/Response' and `Group Document Delivery'. An example of the former is "A" Meet Sanctioning Request. An example of the latter is an electronic version of Orienteering Canada.

Form Request/Response An example of this is the "A" Meet Sanctioning Form. Presently a paper copy of the form must be found, copied, and mailed or faxed to COF. This is so unwieldy that often COF is contacted directly by phone or email with typically incomplete information on the candidate meets.

Group Document Delivery Electronic delivery of Orienteering Canada is the most likely candidate. Soon many organizations' newsletters will be

normally delivered electronically rather than on paper. For the case of the COF, the economics are such that we could offer a discount to members that opt for an electronic-only delivery mechanism without impacting the cost to those members who want paper versions.

Form Request/Response

There are three possible methods to achieve this capability.

Electronic Form Filling This is the most sophisticated of the alternatives presented. Creation involves specialized software and abilities not currently available in the COF office. The sanction forms would be rewritten into a form entry format.

Usage requires the user being able to send information back to the server. Typically this is operating system specific, e.g. Windows.

Because of the special software requirements for creation and use as well as the extra effort required to setup, this method is not recommended at this time.

Electronic File Transfer Creation requires saving the forms as straight (ascii) text files with no formatting codes. Since the forms are already in word processing format, all that is required is to save them in text form. Since there is virtually no special formatting in those files now anyway, this is not a limitation.

This requires a File Transfer Protocol (ftp) capability for the COF server. COF would provide the files that are to be available for downloading. Since the format seldom changes, the files could be supplied to the COF's commercial service provider for them to setup the ftp directory. There is no need for COF to develop expertise in the maintenance of ftp service.

The sanctioning forms would be available as separate, downloadable files. Once downloaded, the meet organizer can edit and return them by email to the COF.

User access requirements are ftp download capability and an email program. (It is possible to print out a form for snail-mail return to COF.) The capability of ftp is widely available across many computer platforms including, DOS, Windows, Mac, and Unix. Many browsers directly provide the capability.

Because of its universality and relative ease of implementation, it is recommended that this alternative be implemented.

Copy from Browser Page Creation involves putting a form as a separate web page. Any formatting features are irrelevant since they will disappear when the user retrieves the text.

The user selects the entire document and copies it to clipboard (or equivalent) for later pasting into an editor. The edited text file is then sent by email to COF.

This technique is slightly more demanding on the operating system than the ftp approach since it assumes the availability of a `windows style' browser. Since the COF web page already assumes this, it is a minor limitation.

Due to the simplicity of implementation and use, it is recommended that this alternative be implemented.

Group Document Delivery

The only questions at this time are do we currently have the ability to deliver a viable newsletter electronically and do we want to undertake this project now.

For this product, the variations in operating platforms are more significant. Because of these problems, the IOF has begun electronic delivery of its newsletters, but only as straight text emails.

Straight text is a severe restriction that produces documents that can be tiring and unpleasant to read. There are two

formats available, easily produced, that allow formatting and are readable across many operating platforms and Internet account limitations.

The first, and most universal is Rich Text Format (RTF). The second is HTML (web browser readable). HTML requires a web based browser and the manner in which formatting codes are interpreted can vary between what was created and what was read, e.g. style of headers or fonts. Both formats are easily saved and readable by the most common word processors used.

It is recommended that both RTF and HTML versions of Orienteering Canada be produced. For a small additional effort during the creation of an Orienteering Canada issue, files in both formats can be created for the various sections. Members could choose which format they prefer. The default should probably be rtf.

Delivery could be by sending the newsletter as the contents of email messages, not as an attachment, to "Orienteering Canada RTF" and "Orienteering Canada HTML" . This alleviates the problem of illicit access to the newsletter by non-members. The only way to get a copy is to be a member of the recipient groups or have a recipient forward a copy.

The COF membership is sufficiently small and stable that maintaining email groups should be a minor task once the lists have been established. The creation of group lists could be done by a volunteer outside the COF office if desired.

Some email programs recognize the RTF and HTML file types and format automatically. Other users would save email as a file to be opened by their word processor. Instructions on usage for various situations should be at the COF web site.

An alternative delivery method is to make the newsletter files available for FTP file transfer. Access would be similar to that used for the downloading of the sanctioning forms. This file transfer method can be more attractive for larger file sizes; some email programs have file size limits. (An arbitrary, sixteen-page file with some formatting used 305 kilobytes in RTF format and 62 kilobytes in HTML format.) To discourage unauthorized access, the location of these files should not be directly reachable from the COF web site; a specific, unlinked location would be specified by email to the member groups.
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Everyone likes receiving invitations ...right? When I received a Yahoo Invite for an Oscar party by Email I went from bemused interest (whatever next.....wedding invitations from Yahoo.....what would Miss Manners think?), to considering the possibilities for using this format for orienteering. With a "B" meet coming up in June to advertise in the Hamilton, Ontario, area, and a typical April rainy day, it seemed an ideal opportunity to explore if this could be effective. I spent a couple of hours figuring out a test run, which I then Emailed to some fellow Golden Horseshoe Orienteering Club members. Within a very short time I was getting some very positive feedback which encouraged me to send my Yahoo invite to our Halton Bush Bash to COF . Colin Kirk expressed a similar interest and suggested I write an article for the COF magazine.

How to do Make your own Yahoo Invite:

Go to the Yahoo site at www.yahoo.com

Keyboard "Yahoo Invite" in the search box.

To create your own invitation you need to register. You need ID and a password . Your ID can be the first part of your Email address.

When you arrive at the Yahoo Invite site, check out the sample invites so that you can see what you are aiming for.

Scroll down to "Other Invites". I used "Sports Event" for our invite.

In the create invite window, keyboard in the title, host, location, telephone number, date and time. This takes very little time.

For invitation notes, put in the details for your event, meeting, club barbecue etc. You can put in up to 500 characters.

On the Message Board at the bottom of the page I keyboarded in the directions to the meet site. These were lengthy (coming from three directions) and could not fit in the invitation notes 500 characters limitations. But I drew the invitation notes readers' attention to the Message Board, which might be missed at the bottom of the page.

Note: This is a wide screen and you need to use both the horizontal and vertical scroll bars to read everything, but there is an option for a format to print. Check out the "Invite More People" option on the left of your screen. You can keep on using this feature right up to the event.

Next you have to enter the Email addresses for your guest list, and this initial set up is what takes the most time. But then you have your Yahoo address book ready to use it for all your upcoming events. Be positive here!

Setting up your Yahoo Address Book:

If there are any orienteers out there who know how to import the addresses from Outlook Express or Microsoft Works etc. into the new Yahoo Address Book you are setting up, I should love to know. I tried copying and pasting but this did not seem to work so, as a relative computer neophyte I gave up, and keyboarded our club Edresses into a new Yahoo Address Book, figuring out that I needed our Orienteering contacts, club members, newcomers etc. in a separate file, and that it would be worth it in the long run!

With this done, you can go to the "Invite More People" option and check off all the Edresses you want to be invited.

There is the option of creating a list but only up to 100 Email addresses can be used. Yahoo explains this with an example of inviting members of a soccer team.

Make use of the online Help button when creating your address book.

Adding a Picture:

I thought adding a graphic might make it a bit more interesting and if you have any appropriate pictures on disk this is easy to do. Just click on add a picture, then use the browse feature to track down your photograph or art work and insert it. I recommend keeping the file small as you are sending this by Email and resolution can be kept to 75 or 100 dpi. The locator map I used is just to give an idea of the area at the western end of Lake Ontario. The text on the message board is where you go for the directions to the event.

Adding A Map:

Yahoo at present only have US maps available but we can watch for maps of Canada hopefully in the future.

The Respond Button: Now this is the really neat part. The lucky recipients of your invitation can click the Respond button and tell you if they plan to attend. Check "yes", "maybe" or "no". When replying to the invitation, you do not need to set up a Yahoo registration ID. This could be very useful if you want to know how many maps you will need. Then there is the option of the recipient adding a comment. If you are setting up a meeting this could be a most useful feature. Meeting attendees can check back to the Web site prior to the meeting to see what other concerns other members have, and prepare accordingly. On my trial run, I found this really valuable, and received excellent feedback. "Easy" was the general consensus.

Check The Invite Out

Go to:


What Other Orienteers said:

This is amazing !!....Great idea. All meets will be this way some day.

Jim Waddington (former president of Orienteering Ontario).

Question is, can we enter the email list of orienteers and then all access it, or would we each have to enter it separately? Other than that issue this is a great way to advertise. I think this is great stuff! If we could standardize the format and the invite list it would be a great way to take registrations, provide meet info etc.

Mark Adams (former national team member).

"This is a great way to do things. Especially with events where preregistration is needed when we have a limited # of maps. For example, in THOMASS where we print maps on demand. Should we put all of the Spring Events on this system?

Mike Waddington (past president of GHO and former national team member).

"Well it works fine. I just registered through it."

Pierre Brassard (current vicepresident of GHO)

"I think the "invites" is a great idea. I could would work really well for `newcomers'. Just think how a newcomer would feel to receive an invitation to the next meet within a couple of days of their first O meet. It would be; "WOW these guys are really organized"

Colin Kirk (COF president).

Save your Invite in Favourites or Bookmark it:

This makes it really easy for you to access and zap off a few more invitations, plus enabling you to keep an eye open for the number of premarked maps you might need. The comments and questions from your recipients will alert you to information you may have overlooked.

Try it you'll like it:

And let me know how it works for you. I shall appreciate any feedback.

Julie De Pass


A few days after submitting the article Julie advised:

"I want to draw your attention to another feature I discovered last week. If you go to map and directions they now have Canada up and running as well as the US. By entering the postal code for our meet I was able to bring up the map of the area. You can play with the magnification and the direction arrows at the side of the maps. I think this would be useful way to give directions to park meets in urban areas. Probably not much use for distant forest venues but worth exploring perhaps."

Julie also provided detailed information on how to set up Locator maps but space does not permit inclusion of this information.

Contact Julie if interested in obtaining this information.
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A few weeks ago I volunteered to organize a national team fundraiser event during COC week. The event will be held on August 22 (day before COC Short and on a portion of the same map). The COC organizers wanted an event that could provide suitable training/warm-up for the Short.

In a conversation with OOI president, Annette Van Tyghem, I mentioned I was organizing the fundraiser but had not decided what format the event would be. I wanted it to be a low key fun event. Annette described a two-person team event she had heard about from Pat De St Croix and I agreed this provided a good format for a fun event.

Event Description

1. Teams of two (A & B) are formed - any age, class and skill level: father & son, mother& daughter, husband & wife.

2. Teams receive 2 maps and 2 control cards. Everyone has the same course. `A' runs the course in normal sequence - 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. `B' runs the course in reverse order - 12, 11, 10, 9 etc. Courses should be pre-printed and placed in sealed envelopes with team numbers marked and opened when the START signal is given.

3. Teams determine a control location they will meet at eg. #5. The first team member to reach #5 must wait for their partner to arrive.

4. When the second team member reaches #5 THEY EXCHANGE CONTROL CARDS AND RE-VISIT THE CONTROLS THEY HAD PREVIOUSLY VISITED. ie. `A' visited controls 1, 2, 3, 4, now visits 4, 3, 2, 1 completing the control card received from `B' while `B' completes revisits 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

5. The times of the two team members are combined to determine the winning team.

There could be members of several teams in the finish area waiting for their partner to complete the course. There will probably also be some situations where someone visits a control in the forest and finds a member of another team anxiously awaiting the arrival of their partner.

In order to make the event suitable for everyone the course for the COC Fundraiser will be planned as for Score-O.

This format permits setting several easy control locations for younger juniors and Recreational level participants.

The Two Person Team format could be an exciting event for clubs/associations to offer as a change from the normal three or four courses of different skill levels offered at most meets.

Note: Pat De St Croix gave a somewhat different version of the 2 - person team event. During a visit to Sweden she participated in a 2 - person team event in which the two runners completed the entire course. One team member wore a red badge or medallion and the other a blue one. They met at a previously determined control location, exchanged coloured badges and continued to complete the course. This variation could be good for an event where team members had the necessary skills to complete the course. The Score-O format that permits participation of all levels appeals more to me.

Thanks you to Annette for suggesting this Good Idea and to Pat for informing Annette and the Swedish O club for introducing Pat to the 2- Person Team event.
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To Orienteering Meet Organizers:

After helping organizing a small OMeet for the Ottawa OClub I started looking for a suitable program to handle all the details of registration etc.

On the IOF website I found a program called OEvent. I have tried this program using the data from our recent Spring A Meet and found that it is an excellent program and would meet the needs for any meet that our club would want to stage. The program is designed by Goran Nagy from Slovenia. A demo version can be downloaded from

A full function version is available free by requesting a registration key from Goran Nagy at mailto:goran.nagy@aster.si

I know that some of you computer programmers like to build your own programs but I recommend that you take a look at this one!

Dick de St. Croix

Ottawa O Club
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Electronic Punching makes Canadian Debut

Editor: The May issue of the Alberta O Association magazine included an item informing that the Foothills Wanderers OC received a grant from the Calgary Community Lotteries which would be used to purchase an electronic punching system that would be used at the Western Canadian Championships, July 1-3. The FWOC purchased the SportIdent system.

I contacted Richard Obreiter, FWOC official responsible for time keeping and asked for some comments on the system: ease of use; easy to learn; how received by competitors; speed and accuracy of results etc. Richard responded with the following comments - almost as fast as the electronic system. Thanks Richard.


After about a twenty minute introduction of the system from Bill Jarvis, (who had been playing with it for several hours) I got a very good feel about how the program was going to be organized. After that point it was simply a matter of doing what needed to be done. Having someone introduce you to the system would be key to having a pleasant experience operating it, learning it from scratch would not be recommended.

The finish has truly become a one person job, with an additional person to post results. { In fact on the final day, I was able to entertain a number of the up and coming stars of the sport (baby sitting) while continuing to give finish times and collect rental punches.)

First time users continued to comment though out the weekend about how cool it all seemed, and that there was no finish crew required.

After the first day I stopped hearing the comment that it was going to be hard to keep track of where a person was or had been, because they no longer had a visible punch card they could refer back to. They all seemed to just pay more attention.

People found it hard, at first that punching was simply a matter of getting a single beep and flash from the control, many people would punch several times just to have a little more confidence. By the last day, people would hardly slow down while passing and punching the control.

Although we lacked the finish printer, used to generate individual split results (it was back ordered), people were in general very impressed with the timely display of results and splits. Candid reports available had all the stuff you really wanted to see.

Corrections in the data(input or results) was very straight forward.

In general people really liked the system. It appeared to the competitors that everything worked perfectly and it did, with the exception of a few operator input errors.

An example of the ease of use of the system is:

On Sunday evening around 6:00 PM I started setting up the relay stuff. I had never even looked in the relay component of the software until then. I then proceeded to enter the classes, then the controls, then the courses, assigned the courses to the classes. Then started to enter the team. This took all of three hours. The next morning at the event when the first runner returned to down load, it said that there was no course to check against, within 3 minutes I was able to figure out how to assign that and nobody was the wiser. Reporting when off without a hitch.

I believe this system is so straight forward and easy that small inner city park events could even find it useful and time saving. The one draw back is the need for a computer and printer.

Richard Obreiter

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I O F HEADLINES - June, 2000

The IOF council proposes new concept for Elite Events


It is of decisive importance to raise the profile of the sport to further the spread of orienteering to more people and new areas, and to get orienteering into the Olympic Games.

Action, excitement, and atmosphere are essential ingredients in making orienteering events more spectator and media friendly and, in particular, TV friendly. To achieve this, new events and new forms of competitions have to be developed at the same time as the fundamental spirit of the sport is maintained, says the IOF President Sue Harvey.

In summary Council proposes that:

1. The basic structure of the future Elite Events programme be based on:

a) series of World Events and

b) series of Regional Events

2. We focus on four basic forms of races

Sprint (1015 min)

Short (3035 min)

Classic (6095 min)

Relay (classic and mixed)

3. The future WOC programme includes only finals.

A "WOCweek" includes more races:

mixed relay

sprint, time trial

sprint, chase start

short, time trial

short, chase start

classic, time trial or combination

relay, classic

4. The World Cup is based on existing, high status/profile events, maximum 12 individual and 3 relay events.

Congress delegates will be invited to support a proposal expressing some of the more important measures;

- increase the visibility by organising our events closer to where people are make our event centres more attractive

- improve the event centre atmosphere, and the excitement, by having both start and finish at the centre

- have our main events televised by adapting course setting, start intervals and competition formats to meet requirements for making thrilling TV sport

- improve the media service by better catering for the needs of media


- pay more attention to promoting our sponsors and external partners



The continuing goal of the IOF is the further spread of orienteering to more people and in more places. The most important route to achieve this is to make orienteering better known by staging attractive, high quality world events. International exchange and participation in events all over the world should be encouraged. In developing the programme we shall ensure that our events meet established quality standards and are organised world wide.

Our objectives

Our Elite Events Programme shall meet a number of objectives;

- Provide the best runners in the world with an opportunity to meet and compete for titles and honour

- Attract public and media interest, and hence the interest of sponsors and new recruits

- Give member federations a possibility to show to their domestic public and media the best orienteers in the world, promoting national development

- Give emerging elite runners a possibility to develop their skills in international competition

In designing the programme we shall consider and respect the limitations such as, the runners' amateur status, and the federations' resources.

The Base Programme

We shall have an Elite Events Programme, which includes:

- A series of World Events under the auspices of the IOF (World Championships, World Cups, Multisport Games). These events are meant for the top elite and require competing on a world wide basis. The number of competition days in the World Events programme should not exceed 20 days per year. WOCs shall be organised every second year.

- A series of Regional Events, planned by the IOF and carried out in cooperation between member federations concerned (Regional World Class Events). These events are planned to allow wider international participation from member countries. It is also intended to establish Continental Championships on all continents.

New Forms of Events/Disciplines

We shall focus on four basic forms of races:

- Sprint, 1015 min

- Short, 3035 min.

- Classic, 6095 min.

- Relay, classic and mixed

We shall have an open attitude towards changing our traditional form of competition (time trial with 3 or 2 minutes start interval). Combined events (time trial and chase start), mass start (onemanrelay) and other forms should be tested and if found attractive be introduced in the regular programme.

We shall pay maximum attention to making our events attractive for competitors, officials, media, spectators, sponsors and external partners.

The "WOCweek"

A future WOC programme shall only include finals, which allows for more different types of events during the week. Qualifications shall be made prior to the WOC, or in qualification events prior to, but in conjunction with, the WOC. A system limiting the number of runners from any one country should be maintained.

A WOC scenario could be:
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Pam James - World Cups 8 & 9, Finland, & Park World Tour (PWT) Champions Week, Austria.

Sandy Smith - World Cup 6 & 7, Ukraine, World Cups 8 & 9, PWT Champions Week.

Adam Scheck - Junior World Championships - Czech Republic, World Cups 8 & 9, PWT Champions Week, O-Ringen, Sweden

Mike Smith - Botas Cup World Ranking Event - Czech Republic, World Cups 8 & 9, PWT Champions Week, O-Ringen.

Guelph Gator OC and 1999 COC Short distance champion, Nick Duca, will compete in World Cups 6 & 7 as a member of the Romanian team. Nick hopes to obtain Canadian Citizenship later this year and be eligible to represent Canada in future international competitions.



Valentin Novikov surprised the favoured Scandinavians by winning World Cup # 6 - Classic on July 3 by a very impressive margin of 4:37 . Positions 2 through 6 were bunched within .20 seconds and included 1999 WOC champion and world number 1 ranked, Bjornar Valstad.

Novikov followed up with a second win in the Short on July 4 with a comfortable 1:03 margin over local favourite and 1995 WOC champion, Yuri Omilchenko. These two performances will elevate Novikov well up the world rankings.


1 Valentin Novikov Russia 87.51

2 Marian Davidik Slovakia 92.32

3 Bjornar Valstad Norway 92.33

4 Bernt Bjornsgard Norway 92.42

5 Thomas Buhrer Switzerland 92.47

6 Yuri Omelchenko Ukraine 92.52


1 Valentin Novikov Russia 26.58

2 Yuri Omelchenko Ukraine 28.01

3 Tore Sandvik Norway 28.11

No Surprises in Women's Classic - Upsets in Short

First place went to Hanne Staff, generally considered number, with a comfortable 4 minute margin over Brigitte Wolf with Yvette Baker and Lucie Bohm taking 3rd and 4th. Staff and Bohm won world titles in 1997 and Baker in 1999.

The top ranked runners failed to deliver in the Short with Boehm (9th), Baker (10th) and Staff (18th) opening the door for some less prominent runners to take the medals.


1 Hanne Staff Norway 64.49

2 Brigitte Wolf Switzerland 68.46

3 Yvette Baker Britain 70.20

4 Lucie Boehm Austria 70.25


1 Jenny Johansson Sweden 25.50

2 Simone Luder Switzerland 26.17

3 Anna Gornicka Poland 27.27


Classic `B' Final: 22 Sandy Smith 71:00

Short `B' Final: Sandy Smith DSQ

Classic `B' Final: 22 Nick Duca 86.32

Short `B' Final: 35 Nick Duca 36.06


Orienteering next challenge for Wang Junxia

The world's fastest ever middle distance and long distance women runner, Olympic gold medallist Wang

Junxia of China, will challenge the world's best orienteers in the Park World Tour and at the Swedish 5-days event this summer. Wang Junxia, who has amazing world records at 3,000 and 10,000 metres, wants to learn orienteering with the aim of becoming a future star in the sport. Wang Junxia won gold at 5,000 metres and silver in the 10,000 metres at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Wang Junxia sees orienteering as an exciting new challenge: "I have trained and competed on roads and tracks for many years. The task has been to run as fast as possible. Orienteering, though, demands that you think at the same time as you run, so that you can find your route via the controls on the course to the finish in the fastest possible way. As I love to run, the orienteering challenge makes this all the more exciting".

The Chinese runner does not hide the fact that she has very high ambitions in her new sport. "I am afraid how I will react if I do not manage to learn the sport sufficiently quickly to become a champion."

Wang Junxia will compete in the Swedish 5-days O-Ringen and three Park World Tour races: Kumla, Sweden, Maribor, Slovenia and Leibnitz, Austria - the PWT Champions Week.
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It's a thought sport


By Brigitte Wolf

Norway's Oyvin Thon, twice individual World Champion and three times Relay Champion between 1979 and 1985, had a secret for success: walk to the first control, jog to the second control and only run hard after the third control.

I do not quite believe that at WOC `81 in Switzerland, when Oyvin won his second Individual, he actually walked to the first control but I can well imagine that he ran to it in a very calm and controlled manner.

How often do we have problems with those wretched first controls?. They may not be any more difficult than other ones but our preparedness is lower, because often we are not familiar with the map, the terrain and the first control. .We stand with fresh legs at the start, feeling a bit tense, and then run off too fast. then after a hundred metres we often notice that there was another (better)route-choice or even that already we are not quite certain exactly where we are.

Hints to note about the first control"

* Do not leave the start until the route choice to the first control is clear.

* Always choose a safe (in the end quicker) route to the first control.

* Take a compass bearing to double-check the direction.

* Lots of map contact until you are in touch with the map and the terrain.

Note: Brigitte is a member of the Swiss national team and has competed in every WOC since 1989 and has several WOC Top10 placings. This article was first printed in the Swiss OL magazine then translated and published in the Australian Orienteer.

Officials Courses

This Spring has seen an increase in the number of courses held and numbers of attendees. A pool of active certified officials is the best way clubs and associations can support a good programme of events for members. Courses held during May-June.

Quebec Montreal Level 1

Ottawa Level 2

Manitoba Level 1

Alberta Edmonton Level 3

Yukon Level 2

Level 3


Date Event Location Contact Tel/Email

May 21 Ottawa OC Wakefield Pat de St Croix (613) 489-2316


June 4 New Brunswick Fredericton Barbara St Laurent (506) 459- 4827

Champs raystl@nbnet.nb.ca

June 10-11 Alberta Champs Dalmuir Mary Lou Hogg (780) 452-2467


July 1- 4 Western Canadian Calgary Bill Jarvis (403) 257-2153

Champs bjarvis@nt.com

Aug 19-20 Eastern Canadian Hillsborough Wil Smith (506) 887-2030

Champs smithwe@nbnet.nb.ca

Aug 23 Canadian Champs Rockwood Luella Smith (506) 887-2030

Short smithwe@nbnet.nb.ca

Aug 26-27 Canadian Champs Fundy Stig Skarborn (506) 452-1804

Classic skarborn@brunnet.net

Sept. 16 Yukon Champs Whitehorse Barbara Scheck (867) 668-2306


Sept. 16-17 Overlanders OC Smokey Lake Doug Dowell (780) 435-2351


Sept. 23 TOC Turkey Trot Ganaraska Frank Jankulak (905) 889-2148


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