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Athlete Profile: Colin Abbott

Born 1990
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Ottawa, Ontario
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Student/Athlete
Blog superextrablue.tumblr.com

How long ago did you start orienteering? 7 years ago

What are your orienteering goals this year? Top 5 results at COC’s

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Athlete Profile: Eric Kemp

Born 1989
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Club Orienteering Ottawa
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

Canadian Orienteering Champs in Montreal. Running a championship race for a home crowd is an experience I’ve come to cherish.

What is your favorite orienteering event that you have done so far?

Racing in the Yukon is always incredible. I had a great streak of races at the North American’s last summer and really appreciate all the hard work and effort that went into pulling those off. A spectacular week.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Without hesitation: Lewes Lake, Whitehorse Yukon. It’s a personal obsession at this point.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Plan, visualize plan, execute plan.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I’ve started partner dancing. Call it active recovery?

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Eric is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Damian Konotopetz

Born 1990
Hometown Winnipeg, Manitoba
Currently living Calgary, AB
Club Coureurs de Bois
Occupation Athlete/Student
Training log Attackpoint
Website Personal blog
Twitter @dkonotopetz

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
Winning the silver medal in the COC Sprint and the bronze in the Long.
Placing 37th in the WUOC Middle.

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
Winning the 2002 Asia Pacific Orienteering Championships .
Participating in 3 JWOC’s (2008, 2009, 2010).
Top North American in every race at JWOC 2010; Sprint 74th, Middle 75th -B Final 14th (1 second from making the A Final—that really hurt!), Long 90th.
Winning the 2010 COC Sprint (M17-20).
88th in the Long distance at my first ever WOC in France, 2011.
Silver in the 2012 COC  Sprint and bronze in the Long.

What is your first orienteering memory?
Winning the 2002 Asia Pacific Orienteering Championships.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
Attending my first JWOC in Sweden and seeing what a world class event is all about.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
No.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Australia because I think it would be an awesome place to orienteer.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Thierry Gueorgiou because his technique is flawless.

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
US Individual Championships, WCOC’s, COC’s, WOC (hopefully).

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Short track speed skating, cycling, running, inline skating.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Protein shake, banana and a cliff bar.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I enjoy fishing.

 

Athlete Profile: Graeme Rennie

Born 1991
Hometown North Vancouver, BC
Currently living North Vancouver, BC
Club Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club
Occupation Computer Engineer
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019? 

Australian Easter Carnival

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far? 

Desert Run in central Washington state. Wonderfully unique, beautiful and challenging area.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once? 

Top of the Squamish Chief, in Squamish, B.C.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Relax! Eat lots, sleep well.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering? 

Running, Ultimate frisbee, climbing, cycling, Country skiing, and woodworking!

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Graeme R is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Graham Ereaux


Born 1991
Hometown Moncton, NB
Currently living Sackville, NB
Club Falcons
Occupation Student

How long ago did you start orienteering? 8 years ago

What are your orienteering goals? To have a personally successful JWOC and COCs.

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Athlete Profile: Lee Hawkings


Born 1991
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Ottawa, Ontario
Club YOA (Yukon Orienteering Association)
Occupation Student

How long ago did you start orienteering? 12 Years

How many JWOC’s have you been to? 2008 Sweden, 2009 Italy, 2010 Denmark

What keeps you motivated to train for the sport? There is always something new in Orienteering. Its not like doing laps on the track. It is different and challenging every time you go out.

What is your favourite event? It’s really hard to pick a favorite. Every event has its charms.

Do you have a pre-race ritual? 
If so, please share. Wake up at least 3 hours before I start, breakfast of a bagel with peanut butter and banana. At least a half hour warming up before the start

What would be your best orienteering memory? I think it would have to come from the training camp before JWOC 2008 in Sweden. We went out training and dumped our stuff by a lake in the middle of the map. After a good hard training session we came back to the lake for a swim and lazed around a bit on the warm rocks while we ate lunch

What are your goals for the 2011 season? Get some top 100s at JWOC in Poland. Make the JWOC relay team (top 3 on the Canadian team). Win a race COCs in Whitehorse

Athlete Team Profile: Jeff Teutsch

Born 1989
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Calgary, AB
Club Ottawa Orienteering Club, Foothills Orienteering
Occupation/strong Orienteering coach
Training log
Attackpoint
Twitter
@JeffTeutsch
Personal sponsor
o-store.ca

 

Which of your 2015 results are you most proud of and why?

I’m most proud of my performance at the Jan Kjellstrom long distance event in the Lake District in the UK over Easter weekend. The result is nothing special but I battled it out with good focus for 2:06:45 after a completely disastrous middle distance the day before. I felt physically strong and while I lost concentration and contact with the map a couple of times I always caught myself before they turned into significant mistakes and time loss. One of my best ever races mentally.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2016?

The North American Orienteering Championships will almost undoubtedly once again have by far the highest level of competition in the US and Canada and will be awesome to have everyone together for large event in NA. Looking forward to seeing if I can repeat or improve on my silver medal from 2014 too of course ;-)

Where is your favourite place to orienteer in Canada?

There’s no place like home. I could orienteer forever in the forest playground that is Gatineau Park.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

I could come up with a very long list for this… If I had to pick one though it would be Jukola.

What do you like to do when you aren’t orienteering? Tell us about one or more of your hobbies/activities.

When I’m not orienteering? …what a foreign concept. Between training and racing, coaching, mapping, organizing events, etc. I don’t have a much time that’s not devoted to orienteering.

I used to be a dedicated musician. At my peak in high school I was playing the trombone 3-4 hours a day. I haven’t played since 4th year university got the better of me over 5 years ago but I’m looking to change that in 2016.

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

To join a band and play the trombone at a level that isn’t painful to the ears. Ok so that’s not a smart goal but hey, it’s a place to start right?

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

The middle distance.  Simply put it’s the discipline that requires the most focused technical execution which for me is what orienteering is most about.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

Let’s stick with the easiest one. Currently I’m employed by Foothills Orienteering here in Calgary as head coach. This past fall I was coaching SOGO Adventure Running (FWOC’s junior program) full time – 3 times a week with the 6-12 year olds and twice a week with a strong group of teenagers. In 2016 I will be developing some new programs for the club and coaching adults as well the teenager group while another club member takes over responsibility for the younger age group.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

These days my favourite training exercise is control picking where you have upwards of 25 controls with a control every couple of hundred meters. To it well you need good flow through the controls but more importantly you need high concentration from start to finish and it forces you to find the time to plan ahead all the time or you will lose all sense of flow as you leave controls in the wrong direction.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, gps watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites.

Technology can be a huge help in telling you where you went or what you were looking at when you do your race or training analysis. Unfortunately no one has yet come up with a piece of technology that will tell you what you were thinking. Right now the biggest piece of my analysis consists of working through my thought processes where I did well or poorly and figuring out what thinking and focus led to any errors. That said I do use gps and Quick Route to look at my route and see where I went and how fast I was going to help identify where I was orienteering well and where I could improve. That’s not enough to really make a difference without the analysis of the underlying thoughts that drive your performance.

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Jeff is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2016 High Performance Program

 

Athlete Profile: Emily Kemp

Born 1992
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Turku, Finland
Club Ottawa OC, Angelniemen Ankkuri
Occupation Research and Development Scientist
Blog La Petite Canadienne
Personal Sponsors Trimtex, Str8

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I’m most looking forward to running Venla this year with a strong women’s team. We’ve been working hard together over the last few years but haven’t had the breakthrough performance that we’re capable of. This year, I hope we can all be injury-free and in top shape for a stellar run.

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

My favourite has to be my very first competition which was the Canadian Championships in the Yukon on 2004. I will always have really fond memories from there.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Lewes Lake in Whitehorse; it had me running around in circles!

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

I read through all the information provided about the race and write down the important points. I also write down what I would like to focus on during the race in my technical, physical and mental performance.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

Drawing, knitting and reading.

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Emily K is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Angela Forseille

Year born
1990
Hometown Williams Lake, BC
Currently living Revelstoke, BC
Club WLOC
Occupation Forestry/ Leading adventure trips/ Ski bum
Training log
Attackpoint

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
Sage Stomp 2nd in Sprint and Long
BCOC 3rd (2nd Canadian) in Middle and Long

What is your first orienteering memory?
Getting lost for a while in a sage field near Kamloops on my first race running alone, and then winning the BC champs. The rest of the girls my age came back without finding the second control; apparently the course was a lot harder then it should have been. I didn’t know the difference though.

What is your favorite orienteering story or experience?
The huge crowds in Europe, watching the mass start at 10 Mila in Sweden

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
With the exception of one map in Denmark that was almost all rows of planted trees, there’s nowhere I’ve found so far that I could get sick of orienteering.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Spain or Portugal, as I’ve never been there.

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share
I graduated from university last year so now I’m deciding where I want that to bring me. Last winter I spent ten days living in an igloo.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
There’s so many great coaches out there as I still have a lot to learn.

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
Sprint Camp, Barebones, Sage Stomp, BC Champs

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Ski Touring, Climbing, Canoeing, anything sporty and adventurous.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
A granola bar and a fruit bar

Tell us something that we might not know about you…
I’m addicted to chocolate