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World Orienteering Championships

The World Orienteering Championships (WOC) are underway in southern Norway. A total of eight athletes will be representing Canada. This year there will only be forest races, no sprint races. The distances and the Canadian athletes are:

Tuesday, August 13th:
Middle qualifier (Emily Kemp, Emma Waddington, Jennifer MacKeigan, Pia Blake, Jan Erik Naess, Michael Svoboda, Robert Graham)
First start: 10 AM local, 4 AM Eastern Time

Wednesday, August 14th:
Long final (Emma Waddington, Will Critchley)
First start: 10:24 AM local, 4:24 AM Eastern Time

Thursday, August 15th:
Rest day

Friday, August 16th:
Middle final (top 60 athletes per gender qualify)
First start: 13:28 AM local, 7:28 AM Eastern Time

Saturday, Aug 17th:
Relay (Emily Kemp, Emma Waddington, Pia Blake, and Jan Erik Naess, Michael Svoboda, Robert Graham, running orders TBD)
Women: 4:20 PM local, 10:20 AM Eastern Time
Men: 6:30 PM local, 12:20 PM Eastern Time

It’s always an exciting week to see the top orienteers around the world compete! The organizers have a hashtag #woc2019 and they will have live results, blog, TV, and GPS tracking (purchase may be required for live TV and GPS).

Follow WOC:

woc2019.no/en
worldofo.com
www.facebook.com/wocorienteering
www.instagram.com/wocorienteering

HPP Instagram

Greetings from Norway and Team Canada WOC preparation camp (in the middle of the forest),

-Joonas Pääkkönen, team coach, and Safder Raza, team manager

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).

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.

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

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

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).

Male:
Will Critchley
Damian Konotopetz
Graeme Rennie

Female:
Jennifer MacKeigan

Athletes will race the following races:

Sprint:
Damian Konotopetz, Graeme Rennie
Jennifer MacKeigan

Middle:
Damian Konotopetz
Jennifer MacKeigan

Long:
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

Women:

Sianna Dorsey
Rachel May
Emma Waddington

Men:

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.