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Athlete Profile: Sianna Dorsey

 

Born 2001
Hometown Dundas, ON
Currently living Dundas, ON
Club DontGetLost
Occupation Student; Lifeguard/instructor and child and youth staff

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

SSR, COC, and NAOC in Yukon

When did you start orienteering?

I started Orienteering in 2013.

What is your best orienteering memory?

Being able to compete in the COCs in Perth this year.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

My favourite orienteering event is the sprint distance because I like navigating through towns and universities.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

If there is a checkpoint that is really hard to find, pick a point close to it that will be easier to find and go from there.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

Sandy Hott

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

To continue doing triathlons and place in the top three for my age category. To excel in my schooling, and to get my driver’s license.

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Sianna is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 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 for 2018?

WUOC

When did you start orienteering?

2016

What is your best orienteering memory?

I was feeling confident about crossing a small stream at AOC’s to find that it was a deep hole and I stepped in water that went well over my head. Needless to say I was soaked for the rest of the race.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

Sprint. Short and fast.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

Don’t get lost. -Damian Konotopetz

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

Damian Konotopetz, he got me into orienteering and has been an awesome coach and training partner

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

Break 2:30 in the KM.

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Michael K is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 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 for 2018? 

All of them! Specifically, I’m looking forward to heading up to the Yukon for NaOC and possibly over to Europe for WUOC.  I am also involved with the running of an inaugural sprint tournament in the Okanagan which will be a very fun and exciting time.

When did you start orienteering?

My ski coaches set up a course for the training of the day many years ago. Ever since then we’ve been orienteering regularly in the ski club. I didn’t really start racing however until I made to trip to attend BCOCs in Cranbrook/Kimberley BC on a whim.

What is your best orienteering memory?

Maybe not the best orienteering memory but certainly the best orienteering related memory involved a lot of water. I went to Sweden to training XC-skiing with the Swedish junior team and at that camp, for one of the trainings, we were given a marked route on an orienteering map and told to follow it to the letter. Somewhere along the way we found ourselves thigh deep in a marsh 1.5km long. With friends and a good attitude, even being wet and cold can be fun.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

Sprints, I find, are the most fun. People and controls everywhere with little room for error make for an exciting time, albeit I need to work on these. Plus, they have a tendency to be urban and I have a penchant for 90˚ corners.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

“It’s better to know where you are than to keep on running”. Once when I was younger and running a race on the same course as the masters, I ran about bouncing from feature from feature looking for the controls while the experienced orienteers would beat me to every single one by walking. I got a few map reading lessons that day.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

In recent years I have only been at the fringes of this sport and so have not been exposed to big name athletes well enough to look up to any of them. On that note, I went to COCs for the first time this year and was very impressed at the speed of the people in my category; Fast people make good carrots.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

Long story short, I want to maintain a sport-school-life balance all while keeping my grades up very high and competing at a national and maybe international level in multiple sports all while still finding time breath and drink some tea. I am also trying to be selected for the Canadian team going to the World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia for Cross Country Skiing.

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Alexander C is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 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 for 2018? 

I am looking forward to hopefully racing for the first time at JWOC.

When did you start orienteering?

I started orienteering when I was around 5 or 6 years old.

What is your best orienteering memory?

My best orienteering memory is from the Scottish Six Day in 2015, when I had a really smooth clean run and was able to really benefit from all of the orienteering I had done that summer.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

I really liked the farsta at sprint camp in 2017 because of the sort of mass confusion of everyone running around in a very small space. The tight quarters and forking made it really important to pay attention to your own loops and really read the features on the map.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

The best orienteering advice I’ve received is to not let little mistakes distract you from the rest of your race and to stay focused on what you can do for the rest of your run instead of dwelling on what you did in the early stages of the race.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

My dad is one of my big orienteering inspirations as well as all of the girls who are a year or two older than me, especially the ones I have known since a very young age.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

My goals for 2018 outside of orienteering include getting some of my new friends out cross-country skiing and doing well in my courses at university.

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Rachel is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Graeme Farrand

Born 2000
Hometown Hamilton, ON
Currently living Hamilton, ON
Club Don’t Get Lost
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

Running JWOC for the first time.

When did you start orienteering?

Around 2010 when I first joined Don’t Get Lost’s ARK program.

What is your best orienteering memory?

Running my first race at Swiss O Week in 2016 because it was the first time I had orienteered in Europe and it was far and away the biggest orienteering event I had been to.

What is your favourite type of orienteering event and why?

I would have to say the long is my favorite because of the balancing act of saying focused for navigation and running fast for an hour plus race.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

You can’t make up the time you’ve lost from a mistake by trying to go faster. You’ll just make more mistakes. The time you lost is gone and you just got to keep going.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

My orienteering idol is Thierry Gueorgiou because of his dedication to orienteering.

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

Graduate from high school and be accepted to the university of Waterloo.

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Graeme F is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: David Svoboda

Born 2000
Hometown Calgary, AB
Currently living Calgary, AB
Club FWOC
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to for 2018? 

I’m looking forward to the North American Championships, the Canadian Orienteering Championships and JWOC.

When did you start orienteering?

I started orienteering in 2007.

What is your best orienteering memory? 

My best orienteering memory was running the difficult maps at O-Ringen with great competition in 2015.

What is your favorite type of orienteering event and why? 

My favorite type of orienteering event is the middle as it is a balance of the long and sprint and has the best of both.

What is the best orienteering advice that you have received? 

The best orienteering advice I have received is that it is important to make sure to enjoy yourself and give it your all.

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration? 

My idol in orienteering is my brother as helps me a lot, giving me tips for map reading and helping me train as we train together. He inspires me to race alongside him one day at JWOC

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

I would like to excel in school and prepare myself for Business studies at the university.

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David S is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: David Bakker

Born 1999
Hometown Salmon Arm, BC
Currently living Kelowna, BC (during the school year)
Club Sage Orienteering Club
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint
Instagram xcracer3

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

My highest priority race for this coming year is JWOC in Hungary, but I am also really looking forward to visiting the Yukon for NAOCs.  The last time I visited the Yukon was for Cross Country Ski Nationals in 2016 when I was sick the entire time, and didn’t even start the final race.  I’m looking forward to redemption in the land of the midnight sun.

When did you start orienteering?

Spring 2014

What is your best orienteering memory?

Completing a 6 hour rogaine with my Dad in the grasslands above Kamloops.  Spectacular views, weather (well until the hail at the end), and even better company.

What is your favorite type of orienteering event and why?

Honestly, I don’t have a favourite.  Part of what makes this sport so great is the sheer variety of possible event formats.  I love running around the forest with no one around me, but I also love dashing around corners in urban environments in mass start heats.  Likewise, I enjoy score-o style races, but also traditional point to point.  I think orienteering would be a lot more boring if we only had one sort of event type.

What’s the best orienteering advice you’ve received?

I can’t seem to remember who told me this, but always match your speed to the terrain around you.  If you are starting to lose contact with the map in a particularly technical area – slow down!  If you are running down a trail with a definite point of where to leave it, speed up!

Who is your orienteering idol or inspiration?

Thierry Georgiou.  He is just the master.  How can you pick anybody else?

What are some of your 2018 goals outside orienteering?

Keep my GPA up in university.

David is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Darya Sepandj

Born 1997
Hometown Calgary, AB
Currently living Canmore, AB
Club Foothills Wanders Orienteering Club
Occupation Athlete
Personal Sponsors Salomon

I started orienteering around the age of six with the Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club in Calgary. My first year consisted of holding my mother’s hand and eating cookies at the finish. The second year, I became more brave and started holding the compass. By my third year, I had mastered map holding. By the fourth year, I was willing to try Course 1 by myself. Following that I travelled around Canada and eventually found myself at the Swiss 5 days in 2012. I have been focused on biathlon for the past three years, but following the Icefields Parkway Orienteering Festival I have navigated back to orienteering (pun intended). I am now super stoked to be on the HPP team!    

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

My highlight of the season was running the last leg of the relay at the COCs and having my teammates running with me down the finish chute.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I am super excited for JWOC!!!

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

I’d love to run a sprint race in Venice.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

When I’m really excited I do cartwheels.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Outside orienteering my goals are the represent Canada at Youth/Junior World Championships for biathlon. As well as continue to pursue my education.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Route choice and map simplification.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

I have done some coaching, mapping and have organized a couple of events. I even organized a biathlon orienteering event in the fall. I have also designed binder covers, a buff and a hat for FWOC and SOGO.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

My favourite training exercises are relocation exercises. Someone brings you to point on the map and you have to figure out where you are. It is very challenging and gives me the confidence to bail out when I need to.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, gps watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites.

I have been using 3DRerun by World of O. I can access maps from all around the world and compare route choices. It is a lot of fun and easy to use. I can run a WOC race at the comfort of my own couch!

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Darya is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program

Vote for Orienteering Achievement of the Year

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16 athletes from 10 countries are nominated for the annual poll to find the most impressive achievements in international orienteering. The poll is organized by World of O and voting is open until December 12th.

Winning a Gold medal at the World Championships is always a great achievement – but sometimes winning a Bronze medal or a 4th place (hint, hint) can be an even bigger achievement – based on what your starting point was. You can check out the background stories to “The Orienteering Achievement of the Year” to help you decide what you think are the best orienteering achievements of the year.

It is great for the sport to see excellent nominations for athletes from nations which are traditionally not on top of the result lists in international orienteering, like Belarus, Canada, Moldova and New Zealand. It’s very exciting to see Canada’s Emily Kemp on this list! All these athletes have accomplished exceptional orienteering achievements in 2016 – along with the nominated athletes from the more established top nations in orienteering Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Russia.

Voting is open from December 7th until December 12th using the following links:
The Orienteering Achievement of 2016 – Men
The Orienteering Achievement of 2016 – Women

There are some great prizes available too.

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Athlete Profile: Steffan Lloyd

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Born 1990
Hometown Chelsea, QC
Currently living Umeå, Sweden (or Ottawa, ON)
Club Gotlands Bro OK
Occupation Web designer
Training log n/a

Which of your 2015 results are you most proud of and why?

I wasn’t competing seriously in 2015 for orienteering, however in skiing I had a number of strong finishes – in the 15 km classic event at the National Championships in Thunder Bay, I finished in 24th position nationally, which was a strong placing for me. I was also happy because I skied well, paced myself properly, and was able to really leave everything on the course.

I also had a 10th place finish in the Eastern Canadian Championships in Gatineau QC. This was also a very strong finish for me and a race in which everything went right, and I was able to race above my own ability.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2016?

A lot of this is all very new to me, so it’s hard to say! I’m excited to race in Orienteering races in Europe, which are so much larger than anything I’m used to. If possible, I’d like to join a team to do the Jukola. Obviously world champs as well :)

Where is your favourite place to orienteer in Canada?

P17, in Ottawa (meech lake valley)! Super fun course, not many trails and lots of interesting terrain and features.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Jukola

What do you like to do when you aren’t orienteering? Tell us about one or more of your hobbies/activites.

I come from a cross country skiing background, so obviously I love doing that as well as the usual other cross training sports – biking, running, etc…

I also enjoy cooking, baking, reading, or learning something new.

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

Do the vasaloppet! Also, I just moved to Sweden, so integrate and learn the language, etc…

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

I love doing Score-O’s – generally my weaknesses are technical these advantage me – plus the added difficulty of choosing your route through all the controls, estimating how many you’ll be able to get, all add a lot of fun to the event.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering?

Nothing as of yet… (although I do usually help pick up the flags after races, if that’s something).

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

Again, not having done much orienteering specific training it’s a bit tricky to answer this in a relevant way, but I really enjoy any kind of cross training that is new and fun. A particular favourite of mine while skiing was going backcountry skiing – still a very good workout, but technically very difficult to do on single track trails.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, gps  watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites.

I am actually the owner/creator of SportLog.ca, an online training log that I made specifically for cross country ski athletes! And I’m also in the process of doing a major remake of the software at the moment.

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Steffan is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2016 High Performance Program