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JWOC 2014 Preliminary Selection Announced

Orienteering Canada is pleased to announce that the following athletes have been preliminarily selected to represent Canada at the 2014 Junior World Orienteering Championships, or JWOC. This championship will be held in Borovets, Bulgaria from July 21-27, 2014.

Team Canada
Pia Blake (Whitehorse, YT)
Emma Sherwood (Calgary, AB)

Alexander Bergstrom (Ottawa, ON)
Trevor Bray (Whitehorse, YT)
Robbie Graham (Ottawa, ON)
Michael Svoboda (Calgary, AB)
Adam Woods (Coquitlam, BC)

The press release is available at the link below.

2013 High Performance Program Athletes announced

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is proud to announce 26 athletes to the High Performance Program for 2013. They are (in alphabetical order):

Adam Woods, Coquitlam, BC
Alexander Bergstrom, Ottawa, ON
Angela Forseille, Williams Lake, BC
Carol Ross, Moncton, NB
Damian Konotopetz, Winnipeg, MB
Darius Konotopetz, Winnipeg, MB
Emily Kemp, Ottawa, ON
Emily Ross, Moncton, NB
Eric Kemp, Ottawa, ON
Forest Pearson, Whitehorse, YT
Graeme Rennie, North Vancouver, BC
Jeff Teutsch, Ottawa, ON
Jennifer MacKeigan, Whitehorse, YT
Kendra Murray, Whitehorse, YT
Kerstin Burnett, Whitehorse, YT
Louise Oram, Vancouver, BC
Molly Kemp, Ottawa, ON
Patrick Goeres, Winnipeg, MB
Pia Blake, Whitehorse, YT
Robbie Anderson, Ottawa, ON
Robert Graham, Ottawa, ON
Serghei Logvin, Oakville, ON
Silken Kleer, Lee Creek, BC
Tori Owen, Calgary, AB
Trevor Bray, Whitehorse, YT
Will Critchley, Edmonton, AB

You can view individual athlete profiles (updated for 2013) here. You can also follow the athletes on the Team Canada Blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter @OrienteeringCAN. Please feel free to add comments of congratulations and encouragement to our athletes on any one of these pages!

Photo: Emily Kemp

Athlete Profile: Michael Lucente

Born 1980
Hometown Ajax, ON
Currently living Cambridge, ON
Club Stars
Occupation Egineer

Career Highlights
It’s a bit early to comment on that!
2011 Highlights
A tough year in technical areas, like New York State. I had some decent runs closer to home, and I was happy with my Swiss run too.
When and how did you get involved with orienteering?
Two friends of mine needed a third teammate for GHO’s Raid the Hammer. I was around 22, and had no idea what I was getting into. We were the last team to finish, and had a great time.
What do you love most about orienteering?
Running hard through the woods
What is your favourite orienteering discipline, and why?
No favourites
Which orienteering event is always on your calendar?
Ontario’s Thomass winter series
Do you have an orienteering idol? If so, who and why?
No idols, yet!
What was the highlight of your 2011 season?
The opportunity to orienteering in Switzerland!
What are your 2012 orienteering goals?
I want to improve my consistency. No results> 125% of the winning time. That won’t be easy in rocky, technical areas.
What races are on your 2012 calendar?
Not sure yet, but I am planning to attend the North America Championships (NAOC’s), and the Ontario Championships
What is your favourite international orienteering location?
I haven’t travelled too much for orienteering, but Switzerland will be hard to beat.
When you’re not orienteering, where can we find you?
I’m a bore during the week, and I’m easy to find. I’m either at home, work, or cycling between the two. Good luck finding me on the weekends!

2012 JWOC team announced

The COF’s High Performance Committee (HPC) is proud to announce the initial team selection for the 2012 Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC). Once again, we had a strong group of focused athletes who wish to represent Canada at the World Championship level.

The JWOC team is heading to Slovakia from July 7 – 13. Below is the initial selection for the Canadian Team. Additional athletes may be added to the team in May.

Alex Bergstrom
Trevor Bray

Emily Kemp
Kendra Murray

Please join us in congratulating our athletes! Remember you can follow the progress of our JWOC team and High Performance Program (HPP) members as they gear up for JWOC, COC’s, and NAOC’s online:

Team Canada blog

Keep your comments and cheers coming, and show our athletes that your support!

All about the High Performance Program

Talent + Dedication + Support = Performance and Growth

This post provides the Canadian Orienteering Community with information about the COF’s new HPP. Please spend a few minutes to read it through – your understanding of the program will help orienteering at all levels right across Canada. Having a strong, well organized, and well supported HPP will reverberate through all levels of orienteering in Canada.

To reach their full potential, Canada’s top young orienteers must be dedicated, talented, and work extremely hard. They also need support and encouragement from their coaches, their friends, families, and the Canadian orienteering community. To build this environment of support the COF has recently created a High Performance Committee (HPC). This committee is responsible for designing and implementing policies and programs that will provide incremental improvements to the environment and performance of top-level orienteering in Canada. These improvements are targeted at the HPP but will directly impact all Canadian orienteers through more exciting racing, more training camps, more high quality events, higher standards of orienteering and event organization, more opportunities and strong, positive role models for young orienteers, more public profile for orienteering, and increased fun for everyone.

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