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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

Orienteering Canada Conference Schedule

2018 Orienteering Canada Conference

Wednesday August 22, 2018
Coast High Country Inn, 4051 4th Avenue – Ballroom B

What’s Happening in Mapping in Canada?
Hosted by: Mapping Committee

Hosting Championship Events
Hosted by: Major Events Committee

Revitalizing the Canada Cup Series
Hosted by: Technical Committee

12:00    Lunch – on own

Overcoming Mental Fatigue
Presented by: Magali Robert

Orienteering Canada’s Athlete Development Program
Presented by: Jeff Teutsch

Orienteering Canada AGM

High Performance Program Silent Auction - Seeking Donations

Every year the High Performance Program (HPP) holds a silent auction fundraiser at the Canadian Orienteering Championships. Proceeds go towards supporting our elite athletes. This year the silent auction will be at the North American Orienteering Championship’s banquet on Monday, August 20th.

Members of the High Performance Program will be donating items, but we greatly rely on and appreciate donations from the Canadian orienteering community, their family and friends, and any out of country orienteers.

If you would like to donate something, here are a few ideas:

– Could your club donate an entry to an upcoming event?
– Are you a crafter – can you donate something like a pair of home-made mittens or a hat? pottery? weaving? sculpture? jewellery?
– Are you a foodie – can you donate a jar of home-made jam, a batch of cookies, a ready-to-go home-made baking mix, some home-made granola?
– Do you have a cabin or cottage that you could donate a gift certificate for a weekend or a week’s stay at?
– Do you live in a tourist destination and could offer B&B for a weekend or longer? (especially great if it was in conjunction with future orienteering events)
– Are you an artist – do you have a sketch of an orienteering scene, or a great photograph that you could put in a frame?
– Could you ask your local running/sport store to donate an item?
– Do you have a new unused item kicking around your house that you would love to get rid of – it might just be someone else’s treasure!
– Other ideas? Think about what you would like to bid on.

If you have an item to donate, you can bring it with you to the Yukon or send it along with someone who is attending. If you know what you’re bringing, you can email jamackeigan[at]hotmail[dot]com. We can do some promotion of the bigger ticket items and have an idea of how many items we will have to set-up. If you are donating any items (thank you!), they can be dropped off at package pick-up. The silent auction coordinator, Jennifer Mackeigan, will collect them from there.

If you are coming to the NAOCs/COCs, please bid generously! Don’t forget your wallet and/or your cheque book. Cash or cheque is the preferred payment method, but we will be able to take credit cards.

Those of you who have been to one before know that the Silent Auction is a lot of fun, often with frantic bidding as time runs out. You never know what the highly sought after items will be. And if you can’t make it to the Yukon this year, there is always the option of allowing a trusted friend to bid for you! Just give a budget limit and an idea of what you want.

The HPP is very appreciative of all the support we receive and we look forward to seeing you in the Yukon!

Announcing Team Canada to the 2018 World Orienteering Championships

The following athletes will represent Team Canada at the 2018 World Orienteering Championships (WOC) in Latvia (August 4 – August 11).

Will Critchley
Damian Konotopetz
Graeme Rennie

Jennifer MacKeigan

Athletes will race the following races:

Damian Konotopetz, Graeme Rennie
Jennifer MacKeigan

Damian Konotopetz
Jennifer MacKeigan

Will Critchley
Jennifer MacKeigan

Forest relay:
Will Critchley, Damian Konotopetz, Graeme Rennie (running order to be decided by the coach at WOC)

There are not enough athletes to have a complete sprint relay team or a women’s forest relay team.

Note: Eric Kemp and Emily Kemp declined their selections based on their 2017 WOC and 2017 COC results.

Raphael Ferrand will be the team coach. Nevin French will be the team manager.

Thank you to Stefan Bergstrom and the Senior Selection Committee (Wil Smith, Ted de St. Croix, Nina Waddington) for their work on this. Congratulations to the athletes and we look forward to cheering you on this summer in Latvia!

Updates to Team Canada for the 2018 Junior World World Orienteering Championships

An additional three athletes have been named to the Junior World Orienteering Championship (JWOC) team. The 2018 Junior World Orienteering Championships are in Kecskemét, Hungary.
They are joining the following athletes who were selected earlier in the year:

Note: Leif Blake declined his selection.

Jeff Teutsch will be the JWOC Coach. Meghan Rance will be the JWOC Team Manager.

Thank you to Stefan Bergstrom, Ross Burnett and Nevin French for being on the JWOC Selection Committee. Congratulations and good luck to all athletes who will be competing in Hungary this summer!

Announcing Team Canada to the 2018 Junior World Orienteering Championships

The following athletes will represent Canada at the 2018 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Kecskemét, Hungary


Sianna Dorsey
Rachel May
Emma Waddington


Leif Blake
Christian Michelsen
Jan Erik Naess
Michael Svoboda

Two additional men may be added to the team by May 10th.

Congratulations to those selected and thanks to everyone who applied.

Jeff Teutsch will be the JWOC Coach. Meghan Rance will be the JWOC Team Manager.

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

Announcing Team Canada to the 2018 World University Orienteering Championships

The following athletes will represent Canada at the 2018 World University Orienteering Championships in Kuortane, Finland.


Robbie Graham
Tomas Graham
Michael Kondro
Michael Svoboda
Adam Woods


Pia Blake
Emma Waddington

Note: Alexander Corbett and Emma Sherwood declined their selection.

Athletes will race in the following races:

Men’s long: Adam Woods, Robbie Graham, Tomas Graham, Michael Kondro
Men’s middle: Adam Woods, Michael Svoboda, Robbie Graham, Tomas Graham
Men’s sprint: Adam Woods, Michael Kondro, Michael Svoboda, Robbie Graham
Men’s relay team 1: Adam Woods, Robbie Graham, Tomas Graham
Men’s relay team 2: Michael Kondro, Pia Blake, Emma Waddington
Women’s long: Emma Waddington, Pia Blake
Women’s middle: Emma Waddington, Pia Blake
Women’s sprint: Emma Waddington

Sprint relay: Michael Svoboda, Michael Kondro, Pia Blake, Emma Waddington

Congratulations to those selected and thanks to everyone who applied.

Marg Ellis will be the WUOC coach and team manager.

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee would like to thank Stefan Bergstrom, Ted de St. Croix, and Wil Smith for their work selecting the team.

2018 Athlete Representative Election Process

2018 Athlete Representative Election Process


In 2008 the position of Athlete Representative was created. The athlete representative sits on both the High Performance Committee (HPC) and the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors as a full voting member with a mandate to look after the interests of high performance athletes.

The position was initially held by Brent Langbakk, then Patrick Goeres, Jeff Teutsch and now Tori Owen whose term is ending this summer. We are looking for an athlete who is, or has been within the last four years, a member of the Junior or Senior National Team, is interested in this position and meets the eligibility requirements.

Term of the Athlete Representative

The elected individual will serve a 3-year term starting immediately after the 2018 Orienteering Canada Annual General Meeting (AGM). After the 2018 Orienteering Canada AGM, the Athlete Rep will be a voting member of the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors and Orienteering Canada’s official representative to Athletes CAN, the Association of National Team Athletes.

Responsibility of the Athlete Representative

The representative is expected to, among other things:

  • represent the interests of the high performance athletes in any Board discussions that affect high performance training, competition, hosting and/or the ability of the athletes to perform
  • be the liaison between high performance athletes and the Board
  • ensure that communication takes place between high performance athletes regarding issues of interest and impact to the high performance program
  • be a member of the High Performance Committee (HPC)
  • fulfill the duties of a Orienteering Canada board member
  • be the Orienteering Canada Athletes’ Rep to AthletesCAN including attending the annual AthletesCAN Forum (travel and accommodation expenses are paid for), which is usually held in the fall.

The job description is available at this link:

Who elects the Athlete Representative?

In 2014 a new Canadian Not For Profit Act was implemented which governs what not for profit organizations can and cannot do. In order to comply with this act the Athlete Rep election process is somewhat convoluted. Instead of electing someone directly to the board of directors, junior and senior national team members will elect a National Senior and Junior Team Member Delegate (“The Delegate”) to a special class of Orienteering Canada membership prior to Orienteering Canada’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Delegate then elects an athlete rep at the AGM. It is understood that The Delegate will elect themselves to the position of athlete rep.

For the purposes of electing The Delegate by junior and senior national team members, and given the timing of the election and the fact that the 2018 JWOC and WOC team have not been finalized, the athletes eligible to vote are:

2017 WOC team (Emily Kemp, Emma Waddington, Eric Kemp, Will Critchley, Damian Konotopetz)

2017 JWOC team (Emma Sherwood, Emma Waddington, Nicole Whitmore, David Bakker

Leif Blake, Caelan McLean, Christian Michelsen, Jan Erik Naess, Michael Svoboda)

*Emma Waddington will have one vote only.

Who is eligible to be the Athlete Representative?

To be eligible to be the athlete representative the individual must be representing Canada as a team member at the Junior World or World Orienteering Championships this year (2018) or have done so within the past four years. The individual does not have to be a current member of the High Performance Program. The individual must be eighteen years of age or older as well as other requirements outlined in the Orienteering Canada by-laws (section 2.02).

Nomination process

The call for nomination will be circulated via email and web to the Canadian orienteering community. Nominations for the position must be sent to Orienteering Canada (by email to by May 1st, 2018. Individuals can nominate themselves or someone else can nominate an individual with his/her prior approval.

All nominees will have the opportunity to submit answers (by May 5, 2018 to to the following questions:

  1. Why do you wish to run for The Delegate position (with the intent of becoming the Athlete Representative)? (answer not to exceed 250 words)
  2. What is your vision for elite orienteering in Canada? (answer not to exceed 250 words)

Election process

By May 10th, 2018 a representative of the HPC will send by email the list of nominated athletes and their responses to the above questions to all those eligible to vote.

Voting will be closed at May 30th, 2018, 11:59pm MST by replying by email with the name of the desired Delegate. The email is to be sent to the two Orienteering Canada officials acting as proctors (the email addresses of the proctors will be sent with the voting information). The elected individual will be announced by June 5, 2018.

This document was approved by the High Performance Committee on April 3, 2018


Orienteering Mappers wanted

Orienteering Mappers wanted

Orienteering Canada is looking for Orienteering mappers for mapping projects in Glenboro Manitoba, Bridgewater Nova Scotia and Gatineau Quebec. Other locations may become available later.

The work involves field checking and drafting orienteering maps to ISOM2017 and ISSOM2007 standards. The jobs are short term contracts, typically 6 to 8 weeks. The wage is $25-$30 per hour dependent on experience. The applicant must be fluent in English.

We are looking for experienced orienteering mappers with a good track record.

For more information contact Orienteering Canada at

NAOC/COC early bird regis extended to April 8

From the organizers:

Because the North American and Canadian Orienteering champs early registration deadline falls in the middle of Easter weekend, the organizers have extended the early deadline to Sunday, April 8. Visit to register.