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Ski-Orienteering in 2018

World University Ski-Orienteering Championships

The World University Ski Orienteering Championships are in Tartu, Estonia February 21-25, 2018. If any Canadians who meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in competing, please send an email to charlotte AT orienteering.ca by Nov 27 as a preliminery expression of interest.
More details and info re eligibility are here:

Ski Orienteering World Cup and World Masters Championship

There is both a World Cup race and the World Masters Championships coming up March 5-10 in Craftsbury, Vermont.

If you are interested in competing in the World Masters, you can register directly for the event. The early bird registration fees are in effect until Dec 1st.
Entry to the World Cup events is done through Orienteering Canada. For athletes interested in competing in the World Cup, you can find the selection process detailed here (it is ok to apply at this time).
The bulletin with more info about the Vermont events can be found here.

October 2017 Newsletter Published

The latest Orienteering Canada newsletter is now available here.

2017, October Vol 22:

Controller’s Notes
Update from Orienteering Canada
50th Anniversary Endowment Fundraising Campaign
Orienteering Canada’s Hall of Fame
50th Anniversary Merch for Sale!
Coach Communiqué
2018 North American and Canadian Orienteering Championships
From the Archives
Around the Refreshment Table
Contacting Orienteering Canada

Orienteering Canada’s newsletter archive is here.

Pumpkin Carving Contest - with an orienteering twist


Looking for some inspiration?


Applications due Nov 1 2017 for the 2018 High Performance Program

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is seeking applications from athletes to become members of the 2018 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 JWOC, WOC, World Cups, WUOC or World Games are required to be members of the HPP. Membership is from December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018. There is a fee of $100 to join the 2018 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 2018 Athlete Handbook which is now avaiable on the High Performance Program page.


Introducing Orienteering Canada's Hall of Fame

As part of Orienteering Canada’s 50th anniversary celebrations, we are thrilled to be launching the new Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame.

The Builder award is being introduced in 2017, Orienteering Canada’s 50th Anniversary to recognize and bring attention to those who have demonstrated a commitment to building the orienteering community over its first 50 years and into the future. Examples of this work might include long terms of service in national, provincial/territorial Association or club development, or working with committees or as an official or coach, acts of kindness and compassion, inspiring outreach activities, and any other acts or achievements that have strengthened and benefited our community.

Nominations are due Nov 1. Find all the details here: www.orienteering.ca/about/halloffame



50th Anniversary merchandise for sale

Orienteering Canada is 50 years old! Join us in celebration with some 50th anniversary merchandise. We currently have 3 items with our 50th anniversary logo for sale through our partners at the o-store.ca:

  • Badge $3 each or 2 for $5
  • Sticker $1 each
  • T-shirt $25 + tax (we are taking pre-orders until Sep 30 and we will deliver orders to via Canadian orienteering clubs in late October)



2017 Canadian Orienteering Championships

The Canada 150 Orienteering Festival in underway! The Eastern Canadian Champs, Sass Peepre National Junior Training Camp, O-Fest events, the Orienteering Canada Conference (celebrating 50 years!) and the Canadian Orienteering Champs.


Key links:


Pictures (if you have pictures to share, send details to communications@orienteering.ca):











World Games underway

Canada qualified 4 athletes for the 2017 World Games in Poland. The World Games is a multi-sport games for sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee, but not on the Olympic program.

The athletes representing Canada are:

Emily Kemp
Tori Owen*
Damian Konotopetz
Will Critchley

*Tori is replacing Louise Oram who was unable to attend.

All about orienteering at the World Games – a great summary from World of O


  • Tuesday July 25th: 11:00 CET Sprint Women. 12:00 CET Sprint Men
  • Wednesday July 26th: 09:30 CET Middle Women. 11:30 CET Middle Men
  • Thursday July 27th: 09:00 CET Sprint Relay

The starting order in individual races will be based upon the IOF World Rankings with best ranked starting last.

Internet live coverage of all Competitions will be streamed on Web TV, and is accessible through LIVE Orienteering.

Start lists and results are here.

Technical information is in Bulletin 4.

Follow Orienteering Canada’s social media for more pictures and info



Here are the Canadian results from the middle at the World Games:
Emily Kemp – 12th
Tori Owen – 36th
Damian Konotopetz – 33rd
Will Critchley – 36th

Here are the Canadian results from the sprint at the World Games:
Damian Konotopetz – 28th
Will Critchley – 37th
Tori Owen – 35th
Emily Kemp – mispunch
There are 40 men and 40 women competing.

Full results here.





Launching Orienteering Canada's Historical Collection

Orienteering Canada is 50 years old in 2017 and one of the ways we are celebrating our 50th anniversary is by collecting stories, photos, documents from our last 50 years. We’ve started to compile them on this website. Take a look, browse around…. we’ll definitely be adding more, and we welcome more submissions. See the “more info” page to learn how to add to the collection.



Recap: 2017 World Orienteering Championships

The 2017 World Orienteering Championships have come to a close.

Team Canada had solid results at this World Championships – highlighted by Emily Kemp’s 5th place finish in the middle distance final.

Team Canada members:

Official results are here.

Team Canada results:

Sprint Qualification
Emma Waddington – Heat B: 22nd
Will Critchley – Heat A: 25th
Damian Konotopetz – Heat C: 14th
The top 15th in each heat advance to the Sprint Final

Sprint Final
Damian Konotopetz – 44th

Sprint Relay
Emma Waddington
Damian Konotopetz
Will Critchley
Emily Kemp
Emily did not start the 4th leg (resting for forest events) so Canada’s result is listed as a “mispunch”

Long Final
Emily Kemp – 23rd

Middle Final
Emily Kemp – 5th
Damian Konotopetz – 45th
Eric Kemp – 59th

Canada did not have a women’s relay team
Emily Kemp ran on the men’s relay team
Canada Men’s relay – 20th
Leg 1: Damian Konotopetz
Leg 2: Eric Kemp
Leg 3: Emily Kemp

Will Critchley in the Sprint Qualification. Photo by Reigo Teervalt


Emily Kemp during the flower ceremony for her 5th place finish in the middle final. Photo by Reigo Teervalt


Emily Kemp in the Middle final. Photo by Reigo Teervalt


Emma Waddington in the sprint qualification. Photo by Reigo Teervalt


Eric Kemp in the middle final. Photo by Reigo Teervalt


Meghan Rance, Eric Kemp, Emily Kemp, Raphael Ferrand after the middle distance flower ceremony. Photo by Reigo Teervalt


Emily Kemp, Eric Kemp and Damian Konotopetz after the relay race. Photo by Meghan Rance.


Damian Konotopetz in the Sprint Relay. Photo by Reigo Teervalt