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Canadian Team Competing at World Cup #1

Four Canadian athletes will be competing at the first round of the World Cup in Finland (June 8 – June 11, 2019).

Emily Kemp
Emma Waddington
Christian Michelsen
Jan Erik Naess

The program is as follows:

June 8: Middle Distance (Emily Kemp, Emma Waddington, Christian Michelsen, Jan Erik Naess)
June 9: Long Distance Chast Start (Emma Waddington, Christian Michelsen, Jan Erik Naess)
June 11: Sprint relay (Running order: Emma Waddington, Jan Erik Naess, Christian Michelsen, Emily Kemp)

Results can be found on the event website. Live media (including web-TV boradcasts) can be found on the International Orienteering Federation’s website (fees may apply).

2019 Orienteering Canada Conference

The Orienteering Canada conference is held in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships. It’s an ideal opportunity for Canadian orienteers to share information and ideas and to learn from interesting, topical speakers. It’s also a great time to learn about and get involved with the priority projects of Orienteering Canada and to contribute your ideas and energy.

2019 Conference Details
DATES
LOCATIONS
Sessions are in conjunction with the 2019 Canadian Orienteering Championships.


x:xx – x:xx
Orienteering Canada AGM
The AGM is the one time of year when representatives of the Provincial and Territorial Associations gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of Orienteering Canada (such as electing board members, making changes to the by-laws, reviewing the financial statements, etc). All are welcome to attend, though only the Associations’ confirmed representatives will be able to vote. All the details are here.

Announcing Team Canada to the 2019 World Orienteering Championships

The following athletes will represent Canada at the 2019 World Orienteering Championships (WOC) in Norway (August 12-17).

Women

WOC Middle Qualifier
Emma Waddington (Personal spot as winner of the 2018 NAOC Middle)
Emily Kemp
Pia Blake
Jennifer MacKeigan 

WOC Long Final
Emma Waddington

WOC Relay
Emma Waddington
Emily Kemp
Pia Blake
(Running order to be determined by team officials at the WOC)

Men

WOC Middle Qualifier
Robbie Graham
Jan Erik Naess
Michael Svoboda

WOC Long Final
Will Critchley

WOC Relay
Robbie Graham
Jan Erik Naess
Michael Svoboda
(Running order to be determined by team officials at the WOC)

The team officials will be Safder Raza (team manager) and Joonas Pääkkönen (team coach).

Thank you to the selection committee (Ted de St Croix, Pippa McNeil, Wil Smith) for their work.

Survey - we would like your input re Canada Cups

Orienteering Canada has convened a working group  to look at re-invigorating Canada Cup events. The working group is taking a “fresh look” at how to make Canada Cup events more attractive to host with the goals of having more higher quality events in Canada with more orienteers and organizers getting experience with these higher-level events.  The Working Group’s objective is to complete this project in 2019 so the new format can be implemented for the 2020 season

What are Canada Cup Events?
Canada Cup events is the name for what were formerly called “A-meets”.  Fundamentally, these are events that are the highest quality orienteering events in Canada and adhere to the complete rules of orienteering in Canada.  In recent years, these have been limited to Canadian Championships, Western Canadians and a sometimes Provincial championships.

What is the issue?
Over the years there has been a general decline in clubs hosting Canada Cup events.  This means there are fewer and fewer events being put on that meet the standard of quality that competitive orienteers desire to compete in.  What are the reasons clubs are not hosting as many top-quality events any more?  Are there barriers? Can it be made easier?  We know many clubs host high quality events locally, but do not get them listed as “Canada Cup” events—why is the occurring?

The working group taking an open look at Canada Cup events.  What are the objectives of Canada Cup events? Are they meeting the needs of orienteering in Canada?  What can be done to reduce barriers and increase the number of top-quality orienteering events in Canada.

The current schedule for the working group is to solicit input from clubs, event organizers and Canadian orienteers in the early May.  These inputs will be used to inform the development of a first proposal in time for the AGM in late July.  The remainder of the year will be used for Working Group, in collaboration with Orienteering Canada and its various Committees, to refine and ultimately finalize a new and/or updated format for Canada’s high-quality orienteering events.

With the above in mind we would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes (the survey should only take about 5 minutes) to answer this survey by May 1st.

Thanks,
Canada Cup working group

Contract Job Opportunity: High Performance Committee Manager

We are searching for a High Performance Committee (HPC) Manager.

The job description can be found here. The High Performance Committee terms of reference can be found here. It is a paid position (hourly wage to be discussed) that is done remotely. The position is for up to 4 hours per week (attendance at HPC meetings is expected when possible, but is not paid).

Candidates should submit a letter of interest outlining why they are suitable for the position to hpp@orienteering.ca by April 22, 2019.

Announcing Team Canada to the 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championships

The following athletes will represent Canada at the 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in Denmark (July 6-12).

Women:

Keeya Corbett
Tara Doherty
Sianna Dorsey
Rachel May
Brittany Pan

Men:

Graeme Farrand
Christian Michelsen
David Svoboda
Michael Svoboda

David Bakker declined his selection.

Congratulations to those selected and thank you to everyone who applied. We look forward to cheering you on in Denmark this summer!

We are still seeking a JWOC Coach and JWOC Team Manager. If you are interested in either of these roles, please refer to the postings for more details. The deadline is April 1 for interested candidates. (EDIT: The team manager will be Meghan Rance and the team coach will be Brian May.)

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee would like to thank Stefan Bergstrom, Cherie Revells and Nevin French for being on the JWOC Selection Committee.

Announcing the members of the 2018 High Performance Program

Orienteering Canada is pleased to announce the athlete members of the 2019 High Performance Program (HPP).

The HPP is designed specifically to support athletes who wish to achieve excellence in international orienteering. The HPP offers coaching support, training opportunities, and other benefits that will assist athletes in achieving their goals. The HPP supports athletes in the Learn to Compete, Train to Compete and Train to Win stages of Orienteering Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

Any athlete wanting to compete in JWOC, WOC, World Cups, WUOC or World Games must be a member of the HPP. Full details on the application process, along with details on what the HPP can offer athletes, can be found in the Athlete Handbook, which is available on the HPP webpage. New applicants must be able to submit a training log (such as on Attackpoint.org) that covers at least the six months prior and have competitive results from Championship and Canada Cup races or international equivalents in the M/F 17-18, 19-20, or 21E categories.

Read more about each athlete on the 2019 HPP by clicking on their name to read their athlete profile.

Juniors Seniors
Women:
Lillian Bakker
Keeya Corbett
Tara Doherty
Sianna Dorsey
Rachel May
Brittany Pan

Men:
David Bakker
Leo Denotkine
Graeme Farrand
Thomas Lindale
Christian Michelsen
David Svoboda
Michael Svoboda
Women:
Pia Blake
Emily Kemp
Jennifer MacKeigan
Emma Sherwood
Emma Waddington

Men:
Alexander Bergstrom
Alexander Corbett
Will Critchley
Robbie Graham
Tomas Graham
Eric Kemp
Michael Kondro
Damian Konotopetz
Jan-Erik Naess
Graeme Rennie
Adam Woods

Volunteer Opportunities: Team Manager and Coach for Team Canada at JWOC and WOC 2019

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is seeking applicants for the volunteer positions of team manager and coach for the 2019 World Orienteering Championship in Norway (August 12-17, 2019 with a training period up to a week before) and Junior World Orienteering Championships in Denmark (July 6-12, 2019 with a training period up to a week before).

Email applications to hpp@orienteering.ca by April 1, 2019.

Details are available at these links:

JWOC Team Manager 2019 – call for applications
JWOC Coach 2019 – call for applications

WOC Team Manager 2019 – call for applications
WOC Coach 2019 – call for applications

New! Skills and Development Database

Orienteering Canada is excited to announce the official release of our Skills and Development Database, available at skills.orienteering.ca. This online resource has been designed as an information hub (an online database) particularly for coaches but also has lots of information that is interesting and useful for all orienteers wanting to improve. Our goal with this project is to improve the development of orienteers as athletes and as people and through that, to grow the sport of orienteering.

The database contains information about our Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) as well as about the many varied skills orienteers should know from “Knowing the key elements of an orienteering map” to “Maintaining a good pre- and post-sleep routine“. The goal is to include skills that all orienteers of all skills and ages need to learn whether they are casual recreational orienteers or are aiming to become a world class competitor. Each skill is grouped as one of the following:

Each skill or practice lists the LTAD stage (related to age) at which orienteers should be learning that skill or applying that practice. Many skills also list links to relevant online resources. Some of these resources are further reading, some are exercises and games you can do, and some are videos explaining how to perform the skill.

There are currently over 150 skills and practices in the database – the majority of which are skills orienteers should be learning as youth or can learn as an adult entering the sport. The long term goal is to expand those 150 skills to well over 600. To do that we would love to have help from the broader orienteering community. As you explore the website, registered and logged in users (read on for more info) are encouraged to submit comments via the comment forms with suggestions of other skills to add, additional detail or content for any given skill, etc. These comments are private and are sent to the site administrator who will do his best to respond to all comments.  Worthwhile suggestions will be added to the website. You can also send an email directly to skills@orienteering.ca with any comments or feedback you have.

The skills in the Active StartFUNdamentals, and Learn to Train stages (0 to ~ 12 years old) are available publicly and don’t require a log in to view and explore.  We encourage everyone to create an account and log in to view view additional content (skills for the TRain to Train through Train to Win and Active for Life stages) and to be able to submit comments. Currently, to access the skills for the Train to Train through Train to Win and Active for Life stages, you need to be logged in and manually be provided access by an administrator (you can request access via your account settings page). In the future there will likely be additional features that require you to be logged in.

At the moment access to the Train to Train through Train to Win and Active for Life stage skills are only be provided to Canadian orienteers.  Everyone is welcome view the skills in the Active Start, Fundamentals, and Learn to Train stages.

Please explore the website as you will and share any or all of the above links and information with anyone who think might benefit from it. Any questions can be directed to Jeff Teutsch at skills@orienteering.ca.

2019 High Performance Program Applications Due November 25

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is seeking applications from athletes to become members of the 2019 High Performance Program (HPP).

All athletes who meet the eligibility requirements and who have a strong desire to improve their abilities with a long or short term goal of representing Canada in orienteering are encouraged to apply to the HPP. Those wishing to compete in the Junior World Orienteering Championships, World Orienteering Championships, or World Cups are required to be members of the HPP. Membership is from December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019. There is a fee of $100 to join the 2019 HPP.

In order to be accepted to the HPP, athletes must:
● be at the Learn To Compete , Train To Compete , or Train To Win stages of Orienteering Canada’s LTAD model,
● have competitive results in M/W17-18, M/W19-20 or M/W21E at major national and/or international events,
● develop a training plan, in conjunction with an HPP Coach, that targets the physical, technical, tactical and mental aspects of orienteering
● be prepared to put in the required training to compete at or near an international level in accordance with the above mentioned training plan,
● demonstrate a desire to represent Canada in international competition,
● have orienteering training as a main focus, and
● successfully complete the HPP application process

More information and complete details about the application process are in the 2019 Athlete Handbook which is now available on the High Performance Program page. Questions can be emailed to hpp@orienteering.ca