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Athlete Profile: Thomas Lindale

Born 2001
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Ottawa, ON
Club Ottawa Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I am very excited for this year’s COCs in Ottawa, Morin Heights, Laval and Rawdon. I can’t wait to explore new terrain in a region where I have never orienteered before!

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

My favourite orienteering event that I’ve ran in so far is the Hopewell Rocks HPP fundraiser in 2015. The Hopewell Rocks in Lower Cape, NB are incredible; before running in the event, I’ve wanted to visit them for a very long time. It was amazing discovering the site while running a race!

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

One of my favourite maps in Canada is the various sections of the Carp Ridge, located just west of my hometown of Ottawa. The Carp Ridge has huge sections of technically challenging terrain with small, indistinct hills with wide open forest with lakes sprinkled throughout. Many will remember the area from NAOC 2014, Ontario Championships in 2015 and Ottawa O-Fest in 2017.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

In the weeks leading up to the event, I always read the race bulletin from cover to cover as soon as it becomes available. Especially if the race is out of town, I find it really helps me to be in control/calm if I know exactly what’s going on and what to expect for the day.

On race day, I always start my morning with a bowl of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast – I find it gives me lots of energy! Then, I arrive at the race site at least 1.5 hours to my start time. I start my warm up and then run my race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

Outside of orienteering, I am extensively involved at my high school. I am Finance Executive on Student Council and Team Lead of Stage Crew.

Thomas is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Tara Doherty

Born 2001
Hometown Burlington, ON
Currently living Burlington, ON
Club DontGetLost
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I am looking forwards to Canadians, as I have never done any orienteering in Montreal. I am excited to see how the terrain will differ from my usual maps. I am also excited to run a bigger race and challenge myself to compete to the best of my abilities.

What is your favorite orienteering event that you have done so far?

My favorite orienteering event has been the 2018 Icebreaker from Don’t Get Lost. It was a very fun course with variety of route choices. The terrain was incredibly fun to run through, as there were big valleys with rivers running through them.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

I think they should try the map for Foley Mountain. It has a variety of different symbols that are not in maps in the GTA. The navigation is challenging and compass work is very helpful. It is also buggy in the spring, which challenges your focus, so it really tests your ability to stick to a route choice.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I usually make sure that I am active during the weeks before the race, and go easier the week of the race, so I don’t over do it and tire myself out beforehand. I also go over map symbols before I race, to try and limit any confusion during the race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I play and referee soccer. I’ve played soccer for the past 7 years and enjoy both the physical and mental aspect of it. I also enjoy macro photography, although I am not able to do it too often. I enjoy reading, mainly fiction and fantasy novels, as well as some historical non-fiction novels.

Tara is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Lillian Bakker

Born 2002
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Salmon Arm, BC
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I’m looking forward to Vancouver sprint camp!  This year, I’m hoping for better results since I’ve been training a lot more, and I’m also hoping for better weather than last year!  I really enjoy sprints because things happen fast with lots of split-second decisions and tons of features.

What is your favorite orienteering event that you have done so far?

The 2018 NAOC/COC sprint was my favourite race since it was an awesome mix of urban and forest orienteering in Carcross.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Everybody needs to run on the McPherson maps.  I had a great time at BC champs on the middle.  The forest was mainly open and the terrain was varied with runnable creeks, exciting contours and awesome rock features.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Freak out : )!  This is an area that I am working on improving right now.  I try to stay calm, get a really good sleep the night before and eat well.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I love XC skiing, and also do some mountain biking in the spring and summer.  I also enjoy art, especially drawing charcoal portraits.  Over the winter, I have a fun time working at the Larch Hills XC ski store, John’s Ski Shack.

Lillian is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Leo Denotkine

Born 2001
Hometown Montreal, QC
Currently living Montreal, QC
Club Ramblers Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I’m looking forward to participating at the COCs and at West Point.

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

My favourite orienteering event was the Portugal-O Meeting 2019 at Figueira da Foz, especially the sprint Night-O map on the first day.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

I think all orienteers should run the Hopewell Rocks Sprint “Race on the Ocean Floor” HPP fundraiser in New Brunswick as it’s an entirely different type of terrain and a complete change of pace.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I prepare for my O-meets with the classic good night sleep, a good warm-up and deep breaths to get my head in the game to focus and get the first few controls.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I like to hang out with friends and play video games outside of orienteering.

Leo is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Keeya Corbett

Born 2002
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Salmon Arm, BC
Club SAGE
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I am looking forward to travelling to Sweden to participate in O-Ringen.

What is your favorite orienteering event that you have done so far?

NAOC in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Cypress River Sand Hills is a map that all orienteers should try because it is a good map to do to help on using contours, seeing as the map is either open or nearly impassable forest.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I will focus on my race and not others and go for a 35 minute warm up. Also if there is a warm-up map, I will go check out features.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I am a high school student. I am on the Larch Hills race team (cross country skiing) and am a cross country runner. Also, I am a member of We district leadership and like reading books.

Keeya is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Brittany Pan

Born 2001
Hometown Oakville, ON
Currently living Oakville, ON
Club DontGetLost
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

JWOC

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

The NAOC Middle

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Lewes Lake

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

By adjusting training to prepare for the length of the race and the terrain.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

Other sports, anything outdoors.

Brittany is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Sianna Dorsey

 

Born 2001
Hometown Dundas, ON
Currently living Dundas, ON
Club DontGetLost
Occupation Student

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

JWOC

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

JWOC

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Yukon Desert Map

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Stretch a lot and take gels

What do you like about orienteering?

It makes me feel free and allows to me exercise and work my brain.

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Sianna is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Michael Kondro

Born 1993
Hometown Calgary, AB
Currently living Calgary, AB
Club FWOC
What race are you looking forward to in 2019?
I am looking forward to COCs to get redemption for my miss punch in 2017.
What is your favorite orienteering event that you have done so far? 
FISU (World University Orienteering Championships) 2018. Great maps and fun orienteering.
Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once? 
UBC-great sprint map.
How do you normally prepare for an important race?
Cleaning myself up, shower lay out racing clothes. If you look good, you race good.
What do you like to do outside of orienteering? 
Hiking, skiing, climbing. Really anything in the mountains.

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Michael K is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Alexander Corbett

Born 1997
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Kelowna, BC
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

While there aren’t many big races for me this year and though COCs in Quebec will be a blast, I’m most looking forward to the Okanagan Adventure Running Tournament most. After last year’s success, we decided to organise it again. And even though I will be setting up and taking down courses and not racing them myself, it feels good to put something on for others occasionally. This year we are excited to try a proper qualifier-heats-final sprint format as well as some fun full-length sprints. Yes, there will be pie again for the winners (my favourite part).

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

I love city sprints, always have. And so, the natural favourite was the 2017 COC city sprint in Perth, Ontario. Even though I made some relatively large blunders and was agonizingly close to the podium, it felt like a brilliantly set course that was oodles of fun to compete on.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

The 2017 WCOCs in Manitoba were run on the Cyprus River Sand Hills map. The spear grass and thigh-high poison ivy made navigating the broken forest of subtle negative topography even more mentally challenging that it already was. Since that weekend all other maps and have felt easy; It’s a great map for putting things into perspective.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

The same way I prepare for all my races. A bowl of oatmeal with walnuts, flax, raisins, and maple syrup is my go to breakfast. I do not do an early morning activation run as I have never felt this helps. On the mental side, on the way to the race site I try to stay as calm as possible. I’m easily excitable and if the adrenalin starts too soon then there’s little buzz left for the race itself. And as a diabetic, I test my blood sugars roughly six times before a race so that I know exactly what is going on with my body and can react accordingly; Not having to worry about sugars during a competition is a huge mental break, which allows me to focus on my race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

Like many on the HPP I am a student. So, when I’m not training, chances are I’m doing school work. Last summer I wormed my way into a biophysics lab at school and so can normally be found fighting with a microscope and talking incessantly about my project to anyone who foolish enough to listen.

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Alexander C is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Rachel May

Born 1999
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Kelowna, BC
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I am looking forward to hopefully attending my second JWOC and being able to improve on my results from last year.

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

My favourite orienteering event that I have been to so far was O-Ringen because there are so many other good orienteers there.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

All orienteers should try the Brandywine map because it will test your abilities and while super frustrating shows you how hard orienteering can be.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I prepare by getting practice on similar terrain and making sure I am feel calm and relaxed going into the race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I like to do other sports like mountain biking and skiing.

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Rachel is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program