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Orienteering Canada statement and updates re COVID-19

We are in unpredictable and uncertain times. The impact of COVID-19 is changing daily and having a significant impact on our daily lives.

All orienteering clubs and associations must monitor information and advice of the WHO and the Government of Canada and public health authorities in their respective provincial/territorial jurisdictions, as well as that of their municipal and/or local health authorities, to assess the risks and to make the best decision for their organization’s programs.

And to all the people who make up our community, please follow the recommendations of your health authorities in your day to day lives. 

The following resources provide updates from the government and relevant health authorities about the current status of COVID 19 and up to date recommendations and best practices:

Latest update from the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee – May 20, 2020 update – english / french

Updates from the Canadian orienteering community:

  • Clubs and associations, please read Orienteering Canada’s communication (May 25th) regarding orienteering and our insurance.
  • Clubs and associations, please read Orienteering Canada’s communication (March 25th) about organizing semi-permanent events and other activities during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival (including the Canadian Orienteering Championships have been postponed until 2021. More info.
  • Sage Stomp (and Team Trials) have been cancelled. More info.
  • World Orienteering Day 2020 ( May 13-19 ) has been cancelled.
  • Hamilton (Adventure Running Kids), Calgary (SOGO Adventure Running) and Ottawa’s kids programming have been cancelled for the spring.
  • All orienteering clubs in Canada have cancelled events until further notice.

General information about outdoor activity (note that regulations and guidelines differ across the country and will change as needed)

Updates from the global orienteering community:

  • April 17th update from the IOF with info on this events: World MTB Orienteering Championships 2020, European Orienteering Championships 2020, North American Orienteering Championships 2020, South American Orienteering Championships 2020, World Masters Orienteering Championships 2021 (WMOC), The World Games 2021, Swedish O-Ringen Uppsala 2020 (O-Ringen Academy and the IOF Global Development Conference) and the WOC Clinic 2020.
  • 2020 North American Championships have been postponed until 2021.
  • The IOF and the organisers of the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships (WOC) in Denmark, which were planned to be held July 7-11, 2020, have agreed to postpone the event to a later date.
  • The IOF recently met and devised various principles regarding the rescheduling of all the major events that have been postponed.
  • World Orienteering Day 2020 which was planned to be held in the timeframe May 13-19 is cancelled.
  • The International University Sports Federation  FISU, have announced the cancellation of the 2020 World University Orienteering Championship that should have taken place in Russia in July.
  • The World Masters Orienteering Championships (WMOC ) 2020 scheduled to be held August 7-15 in Slovakia has to be cancelled. The event will be re-scheduled to be held in Slovakia at the latest in 2023.
  • The International World Games Association (IWGA) and Birmingham Organising Committee (BOC) have agreed to postpone the 11th edition of The World Games until 7th to 17th July 2022. The Games had originally been planned to take place from 15–25 July next year. The move is precipitated by the recent postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to July 2021

Ideas and best practices to responsibly continue orienteering during the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Orienteering Canada is offering its conference call line to clubs, associations and event organizing committees to meet virtually as needed between now and April 30th (will extend this offer as needed). Orienteering Canada will pay the costs. Contact tracy@orienteering.ca or Anne at president@orienteering.ca to schedule your call and get the necessary dial-in info.
  • Video conferencing: Orienteering Canada now has a business Zoom license. If your club would like to use it, please contact
    tracy@orienteering.ca.

Your club/association can send updates/ideas to communications@orienteering.ca and we will add them to this page

New Strategic Partnership between Orienteering Canada and Interpodia Technology

January 19th, 2021- Vancouver, Canada

Interpodia Technology announced today that it has entered a new strategic partnership with Orienteering Canada, the non-profit NSO that promotes orienteering as an excellent  “sport for life” for athletes, coaches, and officials across Canada. Orienteering Canada aims to make orienteering accessible to current and future athletes, provide programming for competitive orienteers to compete at international events and foster a culture in which members support and cheer for one another.

With many programs for athletes, coaches, and officials to manage, the board at Orienteering Canada saw an opportunity to streamline their processes by partnering with Interpodia Technology, a premier leader in sport management technology. Interpodia plans to further Orienteering Canada’s mission: to foster a competitive yet supportive orienteering community made up of members of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. The key to achieving this goal is a brand-new digital platform that will simplify processes for administrators and users alike.

As Orienteering Canada continues to grow, executives wanted to offer their members more value through their registration and member management touchpoints. Upgrades will include:

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Orienteering Canada on providing smoothly integrated solutions for members, parents, coaches, officials, and fans. The entire team at Inteprodia looks forward to this collaboration and aims to work together, to reach a common goal in creating a top-notch solution for Orienteering Canada’s needs.” 

Rupert May, CFO and Co-Founder, Interpodia Technology

“We look forward to creating a more streamlined process for orienteers across Canada and reducing the administrative workload for our volunteers. Interpodia provides a great suite of integrated services to help sport organizations to be more efficient and we are excited to be partnering with them.”

Anne Teutsch, President, Orienteering Canada

About Orienteering Canada:

Orienteering Canada is the national governing body for the sport of orienteering. They work with orienteering clubs and provincial/territorial orienteering associations across Canada to promote and grow the sport of orienteering in Canada. Orienteering Canada facilitates programs for beginners all the way up to coordinating Canada’s participation at the World Orienteering Championships and World Games. To learn more visit www.orienteering.ca. 

About Interpodia Technology:

The Interpodia Technology Corp is a sports management technology provider that provides sports organizations, clubs, and events with a variety of services that facilitate membership management and event registration. Their systems integrate with communication tools, management and fulfillment centers, and background check systems and allows officers and administrators access to features like digital membership cards, digital waiver management, and fundraising tools.

Interpodia’s sense of innovation gives them the ability to achieve the best possible results in creating sports digital platforms that make their client’s businesses easier to manage.

If you would like to learn more about Interpodia’s sport-specific registration platforms or discuss best practices for registration processes, reach out for a free consultation here.

Nouveau Partenariat Stratégique entre Course d’Orientation Canada et Interpodia Technology

Le 19 Janvier, 2021- Vancouver, Canada

Interpodia Technology a annoncé aujourd’hui le nouveau partenariat stratégique avec Course d’Orientation Canada, l’ONS à but non lucratif qui fait la promotion de la course d’orientation comme un excellent « sport pour la vie » pour les athlètes, les entraîneurs et les officiels à travers le Canada. Orienteering Canada vise à rendre la course d’orientation accessible aux athlètes actuels et futurs, à offrir une programmation permettant aux orienteurs compétitifs de participer à des événements internationaux et à favoriser une culture dans laquelle les membres se soutiennent et s’encouragent les uns les autres.

Avec de nombreux programmes disponibles pour les athlètes, les entraîneurs et les officiels, le Conseil de Course d’Orientation Canada a saisi l’occasion de consolider ses processus en s’associant à Interpodia Technology, un chef de file de la technologie de gestion du sport. Interpodia prévoit de poursuivre la mission de Course d’Orientation Canada : favoriser une communauté d’orientation compétitive mais solidaire composée de membres de tous âges, de tous horizons et de tous niveaux de compétence. La clé pour atteindre cet objectif est une toute nouvelle plateforme numérique qui simplifie les processus pour les administrateurs et les utilisateurs.

Alors que Course d’Orientation Canada continue de croître, les dirigeants ont souhaité offrir plus de valeur à leurs membres grâce à la gestion des inscriptions et de gestion des membres. Les mises à niveau comprendront :

« Nous sommes ravis d’avoir cette opportunité de travailler avec Course d’Orientation Canada pour fournir des solutions parfaitement intégrées aux membres, parents, entraîneurs, officiels et fans. Toute l’équipe d’Inteprodia se réjouit de cette collaboration et vise à travailler ensemble, pour atteindre un objectif commun en créant une solution de premier ordre pour les besoins de Course d’Orientation Canada.

Rupert May, directeur financier et co fondateur, Interpodia Technology

“Nous sommes impatients de créer un processus plus unifié pour les orienteurs à travers le Canada et de réduire la charge de travail administratif de nos bénévoles. Interpodia fournit un excellent panel de services intégrés pour aider les organisations sportives à être plus efficaces et nous sommes ravis de nous associer à eux.”

Anne Teutsch, présidente, Course d’Orientation Canada

À propos de Course d’Orientation Canada :

Course d’Orientation Canada est l’organisme national régissant le sport de la course d’orientation. Ils travaillent avec des clubs de course d’orientation et des associations provinciales/territoriales de course d’orientation à travers le Canada pour promouvoir et développer le sport au Canada. Ils facilitent les programmes pour les débutants jusqu’à la coordination de la participation du Canada aux Championnats du monde de course d’orientation et aux Jeux mondiaux. Pour en savoir plus, visitez www.orienteering.ca.

À propos de d’Interpodia Technology:

Interpodia Technology Corp est un fournisseur de technologies de gestion du sport qui fournit aux organisations sportives, aux clubs et aux événements une variété de services facilitant la gestion des membres et l’inscription aux événements. Leurs systèmes s’intègrent aux outils de communication, aux centres de gestion et de traitement des commandes et aux systèmes de vérification des antécédents et permettent aux agents et aux administrateurs d’accéder à des fonctionnalités telles que les cartes de membre digitales, la gestion des formulaires de décharge numériques et les outils de collecte de fonds.

Le sens de l’innovation d’Interpodia leur donne la capacité d’obtenir les meilleurs résultats possibles dans la création de plateformes numériques sportives qui facilitent la gestion pour leurs clients.
Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur les plateformes d’inscription spécifiques aux différents sports d’Interpodia ou discuter des meilleures pratiques pour les processus d’inscription, contactez-nous pour une consultation gratuite ici.

Inviting Nominations to the 2022 class of the Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame

The Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame was introduced in 2017, as part of Orienteering Canada’s 50th anniversary celebrations. We inducted 10 individuals as Builders (now called the Order of Orienteering Canada) in the inaugural Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2020 we added new categories and inducted 10 more individuals. The list of inductees to date is here. Nominations will be accepted every 2 years.

Timeline

January 15 – nomination application window opens
February 15 – nomination deadline
March 15 – Hall of Fame inductees announced

Nominations will be accepted every two years: 2022, 2024, 2026, etc.

Purpose & Categories

Great sport organizations are built with purpose, and by people with passion, vision and dedication. This sport thrives because of the people who have made distinguished, lasting and valuable contributions and commitment to improve all areas of orienteering. The purpose of the Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame is to recognize and honour the individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the sport in Canada. The Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame includes the following categories:

  1. Order of Orienteering Canada (Lifetime Achievement)
    (The initial 2017 inductees are in this category. We have changed the name from the original “Builder” category).
  2. Athlete Leadership
  3. Coaching Leadership
  4. Officials Leadership
  5. Administrator Award of Distinction

Category Information

Order of Orienteering Canada (Lifetime Achievement)

This category recognizes and brings attention to those who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to building the sport of orienteering in Canada. Individuals in this category have dedicated years of leadership service at international, national, provincial/territorial and/or the club level. Their vision, leadership and effort has made a distinct, valuable, positive and long lasting impact on Canadian orienteering.

This lifetime achievement award shall be given to individuals who have contributed to the sports heritage of Canadian orienteering for a period of not less than fifteen (15) years, although such a period of service need not necessarily be consecutive.

The Order of Orienteering Canada is the highest award in Canadian orienteering. 

Athlete Leadership

The category applies to athletes who have achieved outstanding and long term success in Canada, or as a Canadian competing abroad and who demonstrate exemplary values, both on and off the field of play. Athletes will be evaluated on their personal sport achievements and also on their contributions and the impact they have made to orienteering in their community.

Officials Leadership

Individuals in this category have made an exemplary contribution over a period of years as an official (course setter, controller and/or event director). Individuals may have also made a significant contribution as a developer or instructor of Orienteering Canada’s officials development programs and/or other technical aspects of the sport (such as: rules, event guidelines, LTAD development, etc). Outstanding Canadian mappers may also be included in this category.

Coaching Leadership

Individuals in this category have made an outstanding contribution over a period of years as an orienteering coach and/or as a developer or instructor of Orienteering Canada’s coaching programs.

Ideally, the coach will have training from the National Coaching Certification Program, although this is not an absolute requirement.

Administrator Award of Distinction

Individuals in this category have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the sport with their orienteering club or provincial/territorial orienteering association or at the  national level. They have made a significant contribution to developing orienteering as a Board member, program developer, innovative promoter of orienteering, etc. They have been a difference maker

The fine print

  • The inductees will be selected by a panel, cross represented at the National, Provincial/Territorial and club level. 
  • More than one person may be inducted per category.
  • The nominator is advised to pick the category which is the strongest fit for your nominee, and to also include relevant information for their involvement in orienteering in other categories. 
  • The selection committee has the discretion to move a nominee to a different category.
  • Inductees may be inducted in more than one category over time.
  • Posthumous nominations are welcome.

Nomination Process If you would like to nominate someone to the Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame, please complete nomination form by February 15, 2022:

Nomination form

Questions? Email awards@orienteering.ca

Job Opportunity: Orienteering Mapper Yukon 2022

Orienteering Canada is looking for a mapper to work in Yukon in 2022.

Job duties
Field checking and mapping of areas near Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon. Mapping must be done to current ISOM standards using current orienteering mapping software, such as OCAD or OpenOrienteering Mapper. LIDAR is available for the basemaps.

Terms of employment
Temporary contract position for 8 to 10 weeks depending on the estimation of the time needed to complete the project.

Work start:  Spring 2022

Language of work: English

Wage: $25 – $30 per hour depending on experience. 40 hours/week max

Benefits:  housing and a vehicle will be provided.

Locations of work: Mt McIntyre Recreation Centre, Whitehorse (6-8 weeks), and Lewes Creek near Carcross, Yukon (2 weeks).

Skills requirements:   No formal education requirements, however applicants must be fully conversant with International Orienteering Federation standards for preparation of orienteering maps including ISOM and ISSprOM. Five or more years of orienteering mapping experience is desirable. Applicants must be able to provide examples of orienteering maps previously completed and to be proficient with mapping software such as OCAD and OpenOrienteering Mapper.

Applicants must be able to work in Canada (Canadian residence or work permit).

More information:   afanjones@live.com

To apply:  email  mapping@orienteering.ca   with reference YK2022.

Job Opportunity: Orienteering Mapper Manitoba 2022

Orienteering Canada is looking for a mapper to work in Manitoba in 2022.

Job duties

Field checking and mapping of several forested and prairie areas in Manitoba and possibly North-Western Ontario, in particular: Grand Beach Provincial Park, Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Lavenham, MB, Neepawa, MB and Kenora, ON areas. Mapping must be done to current ISOM standards using current orienteering mapping software, such as OCAD or OpenOrienteering Mapper.

Terms of employment

Temporary contract position for 8 to 16 weeks depending on the precise locations of mapping areas that will be defined, and the estimation of the time needed to complete the project.

Work start:  Spring 2022

Language of work: English

Wage: $25 – $30 per hour depending on experience. 40 hours/week max

Benefits:  Assistance to find housing and a vehicle will be provided.

Locations of work: Spruce Woods Provincial Park, MB; Grand Beach Provincial Park, MB; Lavenham, MB; Neepawa, MB; Kenora, ON

Skills requirements:   No formal education requirements, however applicants must be fully conversant with International Orienteering Federation standards for preparation of orienteering maps including ISOM and ISSprOM. Five or more years of orienteering mapping experience. Applicants must be able to provide examples of orienteering maps previously completed and to be proficient with mapping software such as OCAD and OpenOrienteering Mapper.

Applicants must be able to work in Canada (Canadian residence or work permit).

More information:   info@orienteering.mb.ca  

To apply:  email  mapping@orienteering.ca   with reference MB2022.

Yukon Orienteering is hiring

Job Opportunity:
Yukon Orienteering Association  Programs Coordinator

Yukon Orienteering Association is seeking a temporary, full-time coordinator to plan and deliver a suite of youth and adult orienteering training opportunities in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Time period:  late- April to mid-June 2022 (approximately 12 weeks).  Some flexibility for start and end dates. 

Hours: Non-regular hours; day, evening and weekend work required based on scheduled clinics and activities: 35-40 hrs per week, fewer hours are possible if coordinator has other commitments.

Wage: $20-28/hr – based on skills and experience. Travel, room and board will be subsidized.

Job Duties:

  • Plan, coordinate and implement all aspects of weekly evening youth and adult training delivered in person and through videoconferencing training sessions.
  • Using online and past resources, design 6-week program for Kids running wild (7-9 y. old), Yellow Squad (10-13 y. old), and Orange Squad (13+ y. old)
  • Liaise with YOA to ensure skill development and progressions are consistent with LTAD and group abilities.
  • Communicate with coaches to ensure goals of the training are being met.
  • Support juniors who come to YOA regular Wednesday evening meets.
  • Email participants/parents on a weekly basis and/or develop a blog to provide information.
  • Log activities and provide feedback on successfulness/adjustments for future years.
  • Implement other projects (depending on skills and interest) at the direction of YOA executive

Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to Canadian residents.
  • Must be a competent orienteer (coaching experience and qualifications an asset).
  • Must be organized and have attention to detail.
  • Must have or be willing to obtain basic first aid (YOA will cover training costs if needed) and a vulnerable sector check.
  • Knowledge of course setting software to plan exercises and digital mapping skills are assets.
  • Valid driver license is preferred.
  • Yukon requires that all coaches be fully vaccinated against Covid

To apply send an email with resume: info@yukonorienteering.ca. Applications will be reviewed starting February 15, 2022.

Questions? Please email info@yukonorienteering.ca

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Orienteering Canada announces 3 year partnership with Silva Canada and Icebug Canada

Orienteering Canada is excited to announce a 3 year partnership with Silva Canada and Icebug Canada. Silva has been a key player in the orienteering equipment world since 1933 and Icebug has been a popular footwear brand in orienteering since it was founded 20 years ago.
Icebug Canada and Silva Canada will be providing compasses at no cost and Icebug footwear at significant discounts to Orienteering Canada’s Team Canada athletes. They will also be providing Silva and Icebug products to Orienteering Canada for use in various fundraising and awareness campaigns each year. Orienteering Canada, SIlva Canada and Icebug Canada are also looking forward to collaborating on various social media campaigns to raise awareness of orienteering.
Through this partnership, Orienteering Canada is excited to be re-connecting with Susan Lowe-Wylde (nee Budge). Susan was one of Canada’s best orienteers in the 1970s and 80s when she represented Canada at five World Orienteering Championships. Susan and her partner Ian Lowe-Wylde own Rock Gear Distribution, the distributor of Icebug and Silva in Canada.

About Icebug Canada
ICEBUG makes shoes that save the world from slipping – raising the bar for sustainability in the industry and making it easier to get outdoors. ICEBUG is a pioneer in the world of high traction / studded footwear. ICEBUG footwear is for running, OCR, orienteering, hiking and walking on slippery surfaces.

About Silva Canada
Since 1933, Silva’s goal has been to develop outstanding outdoor equipment and to always keep moving forward. Still to this day, Silva develops products for people who spend time on outdoor activities, regardless if the activity is high pulse like running, orienteering, biking, commuting to school or work. With Siva, you can go anywhere you want, at any time of the day, and in any conditions.

June Team Canada Fundraiser: Control Bounty

tinyurl.com/controlbounty

Our Team Canada Program Athletes are launching a new fundraising initiative called Control Bounty.

During the month of June, Team Canada Program athletes will record the number of controls they visit while training or competing.

You can help by making a pledge (lots of creative ways to pledge!), and encouraging your Team Canada athletes to get out on a map.

More information can be found at tinyurl.com/controlbounty.

Team Canada Selection Policy for World Cups Round 2 & 3

The Selection policy for the 2021 World Cups Round 2 & 3 is now available here.

Orienteering Canada position (related to COVID) on sending teams to WCs 2 and 3 is available here.

Announcement re future North American Orienteering Championships

Orienteering USA and Orienteering Canada, with approval from the International Orienteering Federation, have made the decision to postpone the next two North American Orienteering Championships (NAOC). Organizers of both events are in full agreement.

The NAOCs in California will now be held in 2023 instead of this summer. The NAOCs scheduled for 2022 in Ottawa, Canada will move to 2024 or 2025.
California OFest, including NAOCs, in 2023 will be hosted with little change from what was planned – first for 2020, then for 2021, now for 2023. This summer Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC) will host an alternative event in the Lake Tahoe area for those who can travel and attend.

In Canada, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it has not been possible to get mapping done in time for a major 2022 event, so organizers have requested a move to after the CalOFest NAOCs. The final date of 2024 or 2025 is yet to be determined but will be decided jointly by Orienteering Canada and Orienteering USA, in conjunction with the IOF.

A special thank you to organizers of all orienteering events who have had to make changes and adaptations because of COVID-19. It is you who keep our sport going!

We all look forward to when we can gather and orienteer again without any restrictions!

Anne Teutsch, PresidentOrienteering Canada | Course d’orientation CanadaClare Durand, PresidentOrienteering USA