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Introducing the Canada Cup

The COF is pleased to announce the Canada Cup. There are 3 components to this exciting initiative.

“A meets” are now called Canada Cups

After lots of discussion, we feel that it’s a good time to change the name “A meet” to “Canada Cup”. We’re doing this for a few reasons:

  • “Canada Cup” is a more descriptive and publicly-familiar name.
  • A nation-wide Canada Cup series will provide increased visibility and marketing for our top quality events.
  • Nation-wide programs can be built on and around the Canada Cup series to encourage participation and skills development at all ages and levels. The Canada Cup Elite Series and the Canada Cup Challenge are two such programs under development.
  • Organizers will, hopefully, be excited to organize Canada Cup events – perhaps as one race of a multi-race weekend, providing more high quality racing opportunities for all Canadian orienteers.
  • The rebranding to Canada Cup is more attractive to sponsors.
  • We’re completely revamping the officials’ program so it’s a ideal time to introduce this change.
  • We’re going to change the name of B meets and C meets too – still working on the exact names.

What does this change mean for orienteering clubs?

  • We’ve updated the sanction form
  • Canada Cup events will be clearly listed on the COF schedule.
  • Clubs don’t need to change the way they name the event (eg Sage Stomp, Blue Nose Classic, GLOF, Barebones, etc) but in your event promo you’ll want to indicate that your event includes one or more Canada Cup races.
  • In a multi-race event it is not necessary for all races to be Canada Cup events.

Canada Cup Elite Series

The Canada Cup Elite Series is a yearly-point scoring competition for the W21 and M21 elite categories. It is targeted at the Training To Win stage of the COF’s Long Term Athlete Development Model. Runners score points for themselves and their clubs by placing well in the M21/W21 categories. Points are accumulated over the season and individual and club awards are presented at the end of the year. All Canada Cup races count toward the Elite Series standings, with bonus points for Canadian Championship races. You can find all the details of the Canada Cup Elite Series here.

What does this mean for event organizers?

  • The event organizers will need to submit the race results in a timely manner after the event, so that the scoring guru can get to work tabulating the points and update the COF website with the latest standings.

Canada Cup Challenge

The Canada Cup Challenge will be a scoring system that we’ll apply to all age categories. We haven’t ironed out all the details but we are working to create a system that will be meaningful and motivating to the widest range of orienteers, taking into account the Long Term Athlete Development plan currently under development. Stay tuned… as we’ll be launching this in the spring.

Results from the Equipment Survey

In October 2010, the COF Board posted a survey to gauge opinion on whether the COF should acquire orienteering equipment in order to assist clubs.  Thanks to everyone who completed the survey. A summary of the results is located here.

Results covered the entire spectrum with clubs either being very much in favour or having no interest at all in the COF buying equipment. There already exists an informal sharing network between clubs/associations when equipment is needed and it doesn’t make sense for the COF to duplicate this. We encourage the clubs to continue this equipment sharing. If your club is looking for specific equipment to borrow and you aren’t sure which clubs have the equipment, please contact us.

The Eco Endurance Challenge

The Eco Endurance Challenge … North America’s Largest 24-hour Orienteering Event?
submitted by Peter Lewis

Just before noon on the last Saturday in April, close to three hundred men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes, dressed in gear ranging from sleek spandex running suits and top of the line trail running shoes to army boots, with loaded backpacks and combat fatigues, stand map and compass in hand anxiously awaiting the horn that will mark the start of the 11th twenty- four hour Eco-Endurance Challenge.  Close to another two hundred slightly less adventurous souls will have already set off two hours earlier on the eight hour event.  As the horn sounds, some teams will race off at breakneck speed trying to get a head start on the pack, while others will amble away in larger groups, chatting as they go, for an enjoyable but challenging day out in the Nova Scotia woods. This is the Eco-Endurance Challenge, or E2C for short.   It requires teams of two or more people to spend up to 24 hours on foot finding controls scattered over a large tract of Nova Scotia wilderness.

Beginnings
The E2C has its origins in an event known as the Maxi Moose 24-hour Wilderness Race, organized by former Executive Director of the Orienteering Association of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Trails Federation, Michael Haynes.  Besides being well-known for several books describing the walking trails of Nova Scotia, Haynes has wide experience, both as a competitor and designer of orienteering courses. This type of event is technically known as a ROGAINE, or Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance; the 1999 Maxi-Moose event incorporated the North American Rogaine Championship and featured 174 competitors.  Several Nova Scotia Ground Search and Rescue teams were attracted to take part in this event in the rain and fog of the Cobequid Mountains near the Wentworth Ski Hill (site of the 2011 Canada Winter Games). Beginning in 2001 a successful partnership between the Halifax Regional Search and Rescue (HRSAR) Team and OANS began with Haynes as the first course planner and HRSAR as organisers of what has grown to become probably the largest one-day orienteering event in North America. The 2010 event accommodated 160 teams with 409 competitors.

The Wilds of Nova Scotia
The event is staged in a rugged area of Nova Scotia woodland interspersed with rocky granite outcrops containing many lakes, watercourses, forest roads and trails.  The land is owned by the Bowater-Mersey Company and is located some 20 km west of Halifax and 40 minutes from Halifax International Airport. With an area of over 300 square km available for the competition map, changing the start location has resulted in each event being a unique experience. The 24-hour course has traditionally covered an area of over 100 km2 with 60 control points of varying values to be found. Given the large area to be covered, a modified 1:50,000 map is used for the event. Although not a “traditional” orienteering map, the availability of aerial and satellite photographs and continuous field-work has made it possible over time to depict harvested areas, clear cut areas and offer a more accurate representation of the minor trail networks and larger boulder features.  Other innovations have been to include a Line-O of 5 controls and the use of a large-scale aerial photo for an additional 5 controls.

Search and Rescue Expertise
The logistical expertise and manpower of the Halifax Regional Search and Rescue team has enabled the E2C to grow and become a much-anticipated event in the Atlantic Canadian Orienteering and Adventure Racing Community. Evaluation and planning for the following year’s event begins almost immediately after the final controls have been collected. The event planning committee meetings begin in September and increase in frequency as the event approaches. Safety is paramount in any SAR training activity.  All teams are required to take safety equipment (compass, whistle, matches, knife, water) with them into the woods. These items are checked before control cards are handed out. Local Scout and Guide groups are recruited to man 24-hour safety camps and water supply points located around the course. SAR personnel patrol the forest roads continuously on ATVs with GPS locaters and radio communication. Trained Wilderness first-responders are on-hand and can be taken by the ATVs to the remote locations if necessary. Two custom-designed SAR $250,000 vehicles (most of the money for purchase was raised by members through events such as the E2C) are located at the Start/Finish area throughout the event. The Command Unit can display the location of the patrol vehicles on large screen TV and serves as the communications centre’ it is also used for scoring and results. The second vehicle serves as the Logistics Support, providing refreshments and a rest area for the many volunteers.

Competition Classes
For both the 24 and 8 hour events there are 4 available categories of competition. For the elite orienteers/adventure racers, the Public Competitive Category requires teams of two. For the Recreational, Emergency Responder, and Armed Forces teams there is no limit on the number of competitors in each team. For all categories, teams must adhere to the rule that their members must remain within voice contact at all times. Each team is free to choose a team name – imaginations have run wild for choices! A few examples – We’re Lost Again, Dad!, Lost in Declination, Eco Challenged, Boondock Harriers, Hail to the Chimp, 414lbs of Atrophy, My Compass Is Wrong Again, Wake Us When It’s Over.

For the Elite
Since 2008 generous sponsorship has enabled the award of monetary prizes to the first three teams in the 24 Hour Competitive category, with a $1,000 cheque awarded to the winning team and $500 and $250 to the 2nd and 3rd teams respectively. For the first time this year, monetary prizes will be awarded to the first three teams in the 8 hour event. Several sponsors’ prizes are also awarded to the teams raising the most in pledges prior to the event.

Rewards
One of the unique highlights of the event is the banquet held at the awards ceremony after both the 8 hour and 24 hour events. Here the sore and weary can share their stories from the woods over a substantial 3-course Turkey or Roast Beef dinner, freshly prepared by the HRSAR logistics team before they face their journeys home.

2010 Maps
Map A / Map B / Map C

Sign-Up Now
Be part of North America’s largest Orienteering Event – Go to ecoendurancechallenge.ca

Quotes from competitors from previous years

  • “I kind of like these compass thingies. When you find the control point it is a real good feeling that you have read the map correctly, taken into account the declination, and bingo there it is- just where you expected to find it”.
  • “We may not be the winners but I get great satisfaction from just completing the damn thing”.
  • “To start, we both would like to thank the HRSAR and the volunteers who organized and put this race on. Hats off to the volunteers, especially the lonely water station in the south end of the watershed”.
  • “The event itself was fantastic. Well organized and lots of fun. The food on Sunday was an unexpected bonus. We’ll definitely be back next year”.
  • “The meal was fantastic at the Lions Club hall and the emergency hotdogs and hamburgers at the base station were a sight for hungry stomachs.”
  • There seem to be several ingredients for a successful E2C experience. Physical fitness, good endurance, map and compass skills, and the ability to move well in the woods are important. Maintaining a positive outlook and a sense of humour is essential. A good balance between conversation and silence amongst the team is also good.”
  • “After the race and a night of sleep I felt more relaxed than I have in a long time. It was great to be roaming around in the woods, brooks, swamps, and back roads for a long stretch of time completing our version of the challenge. Later on it was entertaining to hear the anecdotes of other teams. I’m already looking forward to next years Eco-Endurance challenge and I wish there was a 24 hour race for each of the four seasons of the year!”
  • Was it physically grueling? You bet it was. However, fixated in my memory is a day when I challenged myself and got to places I never could have experienced without the organization and hard work of the many volunteers who made this event . It was a great day for the soul (and maybe this middle-aged body too!)”
  • “My husband, his friend Ober Reid) have done the challenge the last couple of years.  Normally, they travel from Sussex NB on Friday night so they can have an early start on Saturday.  While packing, my husband packed his hiking boots of course.  When he got to the challenge he realized that he picked the same foot from 2 different sets of hiking boots.  He did the whole challenge wearing 1 hiking boot and 1 of his dress shoes for work.  Surprisingly enough, the shoes lasted the whole time!  Better to wear 2 different shoes than do the whole thing while hopping on 1 foot!”

Athletes' Representative Election

Athletes’ Representative Election Process
Background
In 2008, the position of Athlete Representative was created. The goal is to have athlete representation on the Board of Directors to ensure that national team athletes have a voice at the decision making level of the COF. At the COF annual general meeting in August 2008, a motion was passed to amend the COF constitution to add an Athletes’ Representative to the COF Board of Directors (BOD). The individual in this position has full voting rights in the same way other Board members do, but unlike board members that are elected by the general membership, the Athletes’ Rep is elected by national team athletes.

Term of the Athletes’ Representative
The elected individual will serve a 2-year term starting immediately after the 2011 COF AGM in July and ending with the 2013 COF AGM. After the 2011 COF AGM, the Athletes’ Rep will be a voting member of the COF BOD and delegate to the AthletesCAN Forum including all the responsibilities listed below. Prior to that, the elected individual will serve as a member of the COF High Performance Committee to become familiar with the current issues of the High Performance Program and the operating procedures of the High Performance Committee. Another election will be held in early 2013.

Responsibility of the Athletes’ Representative
The rep is expected to:

  • Advocate on behalf of the athletes as a participating member of the Canadian Orienteering Federation Board of Directors
  • Fulfill the duties of a COF board member
  • Advocate on behalf of athletes as a participating member of the COF High Performance Committee
  • Be the Athletes’ Rep for Orienteering to AthletesCAN including attending the annual AthletesCAN Forum (travel and accommodation expenses are paid for), which is usually held at the end of September. Share the experiences and learnings from the Forum with Canada’s national level orienteering athletes.
  • Keep all Canada’s national level orienteering athletes updated year-round with relevant information from AthletesCAN, the High Performance Committee and the COF Board of Directors
  • Work to enhance the profile of orienteering in Canada

Who elects the Athletes’ Representative?
The Athletes’ Rep is elected by the Canadian members of the 2010 World Orienteering Championships and Junior World Orienteering Championships teams.

Who is eligible to be the Athletes’ Representative?
Both former and current Senior National Orienteering Team members are eligible provided they have been a Canadian Senior National Orienteering Team member within the last 8 years. A Canadian Senior National Orienteering Team member is defined as any individual who has represented Canada as a competitor at a World Orienteering Championships.

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 the COF (by email to info@orienteering.ca) by February 7, 2011. 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 February 7, 2011 to info@orienteering.ca) to the following questions:

1. Why do you wish to run for the Athletes’ Representative position? (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 February 10, 2011 the COF Executive Director will send by email the list of nominated athletes and their responses to the above questions to all the current Canadian national orienteering team members (the Canadian members of the 2010 World Orienteering Championships or Junior World Orienteering Championships teams).

Voting will be done by Feb 17, 2011 by replying by email with the name of the desired Athlete Representative. The email is to be sent to the two COF officials acting as proctors (to be announced)

If an athlete has not responded within one week, a COF representative will attempt to contact the athlete by phone to ensure he/she received the email. Once the phone call has been made the athletes will have 3 days to cast their vote. Then the elected individual will be announced.?

A 2010 wrap-up from the COF (and a look forward to 2011)

(this article is also available as a pdf)

Happy New Year!

2010 was a busy and exciting year for orienteering at the national level in Canada. The intent of this newsletter is to give a summary of what we’ve been up to at the Canadian Orienteering Federation (COF). There is lots happening but we realize that we haven’t always devoted enough time to communicating about the work that we’ve been doing. We want orienteers across Canada to better understand how the work of the COF directly impacts them.

The volunteers for the COF do work in eight general areas:

1) Events and Scheduling
2) Technical (coaching, officiating, rules, standards, etc)
3) Grassroots/sport development
4) High Performance development
5) Long term athlete development
6) Communications and promotion
7) International presence
8) Administration and planning

Here’s a summary of what’s going on in each of the areas:

Events and Scheduling

2010 events and the arena concept
2010 was an exciting year for orienteering in Canada with over 500 registrants at the North American championships in Cranbrook and 300 of those continuing on to Whistler for the Barebones / Western Canadian championships. There were around 320 registrants at the COCs in Ottawa at the end of August. The 2010 NAOCs were significant in that they were officially sanctioned for the first time by the IOF as a regional championship. 2010 saw arena production reaching unprecedented levels with organizers carefully planning great assembly areas with announcing, radio controls, pageantry, spectator legs, ‘red groups’ to highlight the elites and creating a festive atmosphere to encourage more spectating and socializing at events.

Upcoming Championship events
The COCs have been awarded for 2011 (Yukon) and 2012 (Alberta). We plan to confirm the 2013 host shortly. Bids for the 2014 COCs and the 2014 North American championships are due this summer. We are looking for hosts for the 2012 and 2014 ski-orienteering championships. The IOF has asked us to consider hosting a World Cup (foot orienteering) and major ski-orienteering championships.

World Ranking Events
World Ranking Events provide elite orienteers the opportunity to be ranked internationally. The COF, and OUSA, jointly hosted a WRE event advisor clinic in July during the NAOCs in Kimberley at which there were 17 participants. Canada has 3 WRE event advisors (Adrian Zissos, Alex Kerr and John Rance). Canada hosted 6 WREs in 2010 (3 at the North Americans, one at Barebones in Whistler, one in Ottawa at the COCs and one at GLOF in Hamilton). WREs in 2011 are confirmed for the sprint camp in Vancouver in February (one WRE) and the Western Canadians and COCs in the Yukon (three WREs). Applications for WREs in 2012 are due in Sept 2011.

Canada Cup concept
As we roll out the new officials program we are planning to change the names of A, B and C meets. A meets will become “Canada Cup” events and we are working on creating an easy to implement scoring system so that we’ll be able tabulate Canada Cup series rankings in the various age categories.

Glossary
COCs = Canadian Orienteering Championships
HPP = High Performance Program
IOF = International Orienteering Federation
JWOC = Junior World Orienteering Championships
LTAD = Long Term Athlete Development
NAOCs = North American Orienteering Championships
OUSA = Orienteering USA (formerly USOF)
PTOAs = Provincial/Territorial Orienteering Associations
WOC = World Orienteering Championships
WREs = World Ranking Events

Technical

Coaching certification
We are continuing our evolution from the previous National Coaching Certification Program. The Community Coaching Stream (available in French and English) received approval from the Coaching Association of Canada. We’ll be starting the development of the competitive stream materials in 2011. Our goal is to have more certified coaches actively working with athletes at all levels.

Rules and standards
We formalized a rules committee in 2010 with the mission of regularly reviewing the COF rules to ensure simplicity, fairness and consistency. In 2011 we will complete a guidebook for COC and NAOC organizers.

Officials certification
Updating our officials’ program is the COF’s largest project at the moment. We’ve developed a new framework, are creating content and we’ll begin rolling out the new program in 2011. The officials certification program ensures that all event organizers have the knowledge and tools that they need to put on high quality events – from casual training to large championship events.

Grassroots/sport development

National Orienteering Week
National orienteering week (NOW) will be Apr 30 – May 8, 2011. We ask all clubs to add a beginner friendly orienteering event to their schedules during that time. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of orienteering within the community.

Youth Leader Kit
We’ll be getting a graphic designer to help with the finishing touches on a short kit that we’ve developed to assist youth leaders organize a simple orienteering event. The kit will be on the COF webpage as a pdf.

COF Conference
The annual conference that we organize in conjunction with the COCs continues to be a key mechanism for the COF Board to share info and get feedback about its latest projects. We also use the opportunity to hear from some of Canada’s top orienteers and to share topics of general interest to Canadian orienteers. Join us at the 2011 conference in Whitehorse where Jim and Sue Waddington will be talking about their life-long project of searching out the original sites for many of the paintings done by the Group of Seven (their orienteering skills come in handy!).

Sass Peepre junior training camps
There were two junior training camps in 2010. One during the NAOCs and the other at the COCs. We continue to hear great feedback from the camp participants who very much enjoy spending time with their orienteering friends from across the country and developing their O skills.

Ski-Orienteering (and Mountain bike and Trail)
The IOF is working to get ski-orienteering onto the program of the Olympic Winter Games. (It’s much easier to get a new sport into the Winter Games than into the Summer Games). The IOF is encouraging all orienteering countries that have snow to host more ski-O. They are also encouraging greater participation at the World Ski-O Championships which are held every two years. We will soon be confirming the Canadian team for the ski-orienteering World Championships in March in Sweden. We are planning to create a COF ski-orienteering committee in 2011 to help develop the discipline in Canada. There are a handful of clubs organizing mountain bike and trail orienteering events. A trail orienteering module was written for the coaching program.

Assistance to clubs
Most Canadian orienteering clubs are now using zone4 for event registration. We are working with the owner at zone4 to find ways to simplify event and membership registrations. The COF continues to host the RouteGadget database. In late 2010 we launched a Digital Orienteering Map Archive (DOMA) for the High Performance Program athletes. We will soon launch a DOMA that all Canadian orienteers will be able to use. We will continue to post a wide variety of templates on the COF website so that clubs aren’t re-inventing the wheel.

High Performance

National teams
In 2010 Canadian athletes attended the World Orienteering Championships (Norway), the Junior World Orienteering Championships (Denmark) and the World University Orienteering Championships (Sweden). Magnus Johansson of Vancouver continued in the role of national team coach.

2010 national team highlights
13th place – Emily Kemp (Ottawa) middle distance at JWOC
28th place – Louise Oram (Vancouver) middle distance at WOC
16th place – Louise Oram (Vancouver), Carol Ross (Moncton), Sandy Hott (Waterside, NB) WOC relay

High Performance Committee
The high performance committee works to improve elite orienteering in Canada. They oversee all the administration involved with the national teams and they implemented the High Performance Program, created the Athlete Handbook and Agreement and most recently developed the Rising Star awards.

High Performance Program
24 athletes were selected as members of the High Performance Program in 2010. The HPP provides a support structure to Canada’s elite and up and coming athletes.

2010 HPP members
Juniors:
Angela Forseille, Dahria Beatty, Emily Kemp, Emily Ross, Kendra Murray, Molly Kemp, Colin Abbott, Damian Konotopetz, Graeme Rennie, Lee Hawkings, Serghei Logvin
Seniors:
Carol Ross, Louise Oram, Sandy Hott, Daniel Rokitnicki-Wojcik, Darius Konotopetz, Eric Kemp, Hans Fransson, Jeff Teutsch, Jon Torrance, Mike Smith, Patrick Goeres, Robbie Anderson, Will Critchley

Rising Star Awards
This new program awards two promising Canadian orienteers $1500 each to assist with their training costs.

Team Leader funding
We are grateful to Randy Kemp and Magnus Johansson for taking on the team leader roles in 2010. The team leaders fill an important coordination role at JWOC and WOC. The COF asked Canadian Orienteering clubs to assist us with funding to help pay the costs of the team leaders to attend the World and Junior World championships. In the past the team leaders have paid the majority of the expenses out of their own pocket in order to take on this important volunteer role. We are thankful to the 12 or so clubs that responded to our request for funding.

Athletes CAN
The COF continues its involvement with Athletes CAN which is a Canadian association for national team athletes. Brent Langbakk attended the Athletes CAN Forum in Ottawa as the official athlete rep for orienteering. Jeff Teutsch and Eric Kemp of Ottawa also attended. Next year’s Forum is in Edmonton.

World Masters Orienteering Championships
Canadian orienteers are competing yearly at the World Masters Orienteering championships (for athletes over 35). The 2011 World Masters will be in Hungary and the 2012 championships will be in Germany. Will Nesta Leduc of Whitehorse reclaim the World Championship W75 title that she won in 2009?

Long Term Athlete Development Model

LTAD model for orienteering
Long Term Athlete Development is a made-in-Canada framework which changes the focus of how sport associations and clubs present sport to youth and adults. LTAD focuses on athlete development with special reference to growth, maturation and development with the intent of creating better sport experiences that encourage kids and adults to stay involved in sport and physical activity. In 2010, we wrote an orienteering specific LTAD model which we’ll launch in 2011. We’ll also incorporate the orienteering specific LTAD model into our coaching and officiating programs and develop a national junior program curriculum as many other sports have done.

The LTAD stages
Active Start
Fundamentals
Learn to train
Train to train
Train to compete
Train to win
Active for life

Communications and Promotion

Web presence
The COF launched a new and very much improved website in 2010. We are constantly working on improving and developing content. The members of the HPP posted about their races and training on the national team blog at teamcanadaorienteering.blogspot.com and the COF developed a stronger presence on facebook.

Branding and awareness
We developed new branded materials for the COF: letterhead, PowerPoint template, business cards, etc. And we partnered with the NAOCs, Barebones and the COCs to get COF branded items to the participants with the goal of increasing awareness of the COF among the Canadian orienteering community.

Newsletter
This was a weak spot for us in 2010. We are hoping to be able to dedicate/find more manpower to help with this in 2011.

International presence

Lobbying and representation at the IOF
Charlotte MacNaughton attended the IOF meetings in Norway on behalf of the COF. At these meetings we, most notably, voted to support changes to the event program at the World Championships and voted to continue the relationship between the World Masters Games and the World Masters Orienteering Championships. We successfully lobbied for a change to the World Ranking system to allow a longer period before ranking points expire so that we’ll be in a better position to have more North American elite women with World Ranking points.

Regional Development
Charlotte is the IOF regional development delegate for North America. The IOF regional development goals in North America include the creation of more orienteering federations in the Caribbean (Barbados recently became a member of the IOF).

Administration and Planning

Revenue generation
In December 2010 we hired a sport marketing company to assist us with the creation of a sponsorship plan and package. We are also looking at creating an endowment fund to provide a longer term funding source for the COF. In 2010, we held successful fundraisers at our major events (eg silent auctions at Barebones and the COCs, HPP sprint during the COCs).

Strategic Plan
We finalized a 4 year strategic plan in 2010 which will be posted on the COF site shortly. The plan helps us to focus on our efforts in 5 cores areas.

The COF’s 5 core strategies:
Growing the Membership – Grassroots Development
High Performance Development
Building Organizational Capacity
Developing Strategic Partnerships
Building Profile and Communication

Sport Canada
The COF is applying for funding from Sport Canada. This has been time-consuming in 2010 as we developed our strategic plan, long term budgets, long term athlete development model and created new policies – all requirements from Sport Canada – and all positive initiatives for the COF.

Charitable status
The COF is able to issue tax receipts for donations. We created a policy regarding the issuing of charitable receipts for fundraising done by the PTOAs and their member clubs.

Insurance
We posted an insurance info document on the website to help the PTOAs and clubs better understand the COF’s insurance policy which benefits all the clubs and PTOAs that are affiliated with the COF.

By-laws and policies
We did a major revision of our by-laws in 2010 and we developed a number of new policies, many of which are required by Sport Canada.

Our 2010 and 2011 priorities

Our 2010 priorities were:
• Strategic plan development
• Sport Canada funding application
• Officials program updating
• New web site
• LTAD development

Our 2011 priorities are:
• Strategic plan implementation
• Creation of competitive stream in coaching program
• Guidelines for COC organizers
• Roll-out of new officials program
• New resource development (sponsorship, endowment fund)
• Stronger communications
• Possibility of national membership and event registration system
• Staffing

Who does the work?

The COF board members and the COF committees (all volunteers) do the majority of the work. There are a few other volunteers who assist us as well. During 2011, we are planning to hire paid staff to work on specific initiatives.

COF Board members
Alex Kerr (BC), Andree Powers (AB), Brent Langbakk (YT), Charlotte MacNaughton (AB), Dave Graupner (MB), Ian Sidders (ON), Mark Rosin (SK)

Officials Program Update Steering Committee
Laura Querengesser, Adrian Zissos, John Rance, Alex Kerr, Andree Powers, Charlotte MacNaughton, Don Ross, Teresa Winn, Linda Hildebrandt

Long Term Athlete Development Steering Committee
Marg Ellis, Patrick Goeres, Bill Anderson, Charlotte MacNaughton

Sass Peepre Committee
Kitty Jones, Meghan Rance, Ann Teutsch

High Performance Committee
Brent Langbakk, Magnus Johansson, Adrian Zissos, Eric Kemp, Patrick Goeres, Charlotte MacNaughton, Nevin French

Coaching Program Update Steering Committee
Bill Anderson

Rules Committee
Alex Kerr, Marilyn Edmunds, Mike Waddington, Mike Smith

Endowment Fund Committee
Dave Graupner, Adrian Zissos

Where does the money come from?

The COF’s current revenue sources are:
• Affiliation fee from PTOAs
• Levy at COCs and NAOCs
• Donations
• Self-funding by national team athletes

Future revenue sources may also include:
• Sport Canada
• Sponsorship
• Endowment fund
• Greater donations

We want to hear from you

Please let us know what you think:
• Was this summary useful for you?
• Do you have questions after reading this?
• Is there other information that would be helpful?
• Are you interested in helping out with any of the COF’s projects? One of our biggest roadblocks is not having enough volunteers and we welcome more assistance.
We look forward to hearing from you >> info@orienteering.ca

Applications for the 2011 High Performance Program Due Dec 31

December 31, 2010 is the application deadline for the 2011 High Performance Program (HPP). The HPP is a support system for athletes who show potential to represent Canada at Junior World Championships and World Championships in 2011 and beyond.

The details of the 2011 High Performance Program, including the application process are outlined in the Athlete Handbook. The handbook also includes information regarding the selection for the 2011 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Poland in July and the World Orienteering Championships in France in August. Anyone wishing to compete at the Junior World Orienteering Championships must be an HPP member. And anyone wishing to compete at the World Championships is encourage to become a member of the HPP.

There are some exciting new initiatives detailed in the 2011 Handbook:

  • Rising Stars Award – $1500 each to be awarded to two HPP athletes who show great orienteering potential and financial need.
  • Exclusive HPP training camp in Hamilton over Easter.
  • Exclusive HPP and Team training in Whitehorse after the COCs.
  • Yukon Training Centre for HPP athletes, all summer!

There were  24 athletes HPP members in 2010. More HPP info is available at www.orienteering.ca/team-canada/high-performance. Thanks to the Kootenay, Greater Vancouver and Golden Horseshoe Orienteering Clubs for provided discounted or free entries to HPP members at the North Americans, Barebones, and the Golden Leaf Orienteering Festival. We hope to be able to provide discounted event entries to athletes in 2011. Contact the COF if your club would be willing to provide discounted or free entries.

HPP Digital Orienteering Map Archive

The COF has created a Digital Map Orienteering Archive (DOMA) for the athletes who are member’s of the COF’s High Performance Program. Check out the maps from their latest training and races.

2010 World Masters Orienteering Championships

Because athletes register directly for the World Masters Orienteering Championships, the Canadian Orienteering Federation doesn’t know which Canadians are competing there. Please let us know if you are competing in Switzerland or if you know of club-mates who are at the WMOC this year so we can follow along (leave a note in the comments section below)…
Here’s news from the IOF web site:
More than 4100 World Masters compete in Switzerland
The World Masters Orienteering Championships kick off in Pays de Neuchâtel, Switzerland on Saturday. The event will be huge: more than 4100 participants run in the championships classes, and some 400 in open classes. For example, anyone aiming to win M60 will first have to beat 445 competitors! But the competitions are not only attracting a big number of participants, they are also introducing a new class: M95. Erkki Luntamo, Finland, will turn 96 in November and is looking forward to winning his 13th gold medal at the World Masters Orienteering Championships before that.
Stair running and Swiss Jura
World Masters Championships Sprint distance will take place in an urban environment with small parks and narrow streets in the old town of Neuchâtel. To be able to master the old town terrain, the participants were encouraged to train running stairs before the sprint final. Long distance final takes place in a terrain used for the 1981 World Orienteering Championships. The terrain, called ”the best of Swiss Jura”, contains many contour details and requires good concentration throughout the course.
For more information on the events, please visit the organisers’ website.
Results from the World Masters Orienteering Championships will be published on the IOF homepage .

Junior World Orienteering Championships relay results

Team Canada wrapped up their week at the Junior World Orienteering Championships. The relay teams include 3 athletes and the JWOC organizers are always good about putting together teams from various countries when there aren’t enough athletes from one country to make up a team. So, Damian Konotopetz, Colin Abbott and Graeme Rennie made up a CANADA team. Lee Hawkings was on a team with two German athletes and Emily Ross and Emily Kemp were on a team with an athlete from Hong Kong. Damian, Colin and Graeme finished 22nd out of the 28 countries taking part. Emily Kemp ran the first leg for her team and finished her leg in 7th place.

Congratulations to Damian, Colin, Graeme, Lee, Emily and Emily for representing Canada so well at the 2010 Junior World Orienteering Championships. And also a very special thanks to Jeff Teutsch as assistant team leader and Randy Kemp as team leader.

Athlete Profile: Wil Smith

Age 37
Hometown Waterside, NB
Currently living Nobel, ON
Club Falcons
Occupation Physician

How long ago did you start orienteering? 20 years ago

How many WOC’s have you been to? Germany 1995, Norway 1997, Scotland 1999, Finland 2001, Switzerland 2003, Sweden 2004, Japan 2005, Denmark 2006, Ukraine 2007, Czech 2008, Norway 2010

What are your goals this season? It’s a building (house, family) and rebuilding (orienteering) year so I’ll be happy to make a reasonable showing at North American and Canadian Championships, and to start feeling strong and confident in the forest again.

What keeps you motivated to train for the sport? I enjoy the feeling I get when I can stand on the starting line and honestly feel like I can do a top performance on that day.

What is your favourite event? Favorite discipline is middle distance (love the technical aspects), and favorite events are World Championships (often the only times when the maps are so nearly perfect that you can trust them fully and implicitly).

Do you have a pre-race ritual? Not really. If I can manage to get to the start on time and will all the necessary gear, that’s enough.

What’s your best orienteering memory? Cheering my head off in Japan when my sister Sandy raced to an amazing top-10 result at the World Championships.