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Photo: Emily Kemp JWOC long distance race

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.

Men:
Alex Bergstrom
Trevor Bray

Women:
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
Facebook
Twitter

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

Athlete Profile: Jennifer MacKeigan

Born 1993
Hometown Rawdon, NS
Currently living Whitehorse, Yukon
Clubs Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Footwear buyer and ski tech
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

This year I went to Jukola with team Yukon and that was such an eye opener for how popular the sport is in Europe.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

I am really excited for a 20km midnight race in Greenland

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

O-Ringen, I still haven’t been and really want to go.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I don’t have seasonal awareness when it comes to hiking or adventures.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

I want to be able to rock climb a 5.10 route clean.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

I am horrible at precision compass bearings.

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

Last year I helped coach the Junior program in Whitehorse and I am also on the HPP committee.

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

In the past I have done map memory. You look at a leg for ten seconds and then you have to tell your partner your route, attackpoint, catching feature and control feature all from memory.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

I really like Dice-O. Any one can win! You have 2 dice and you roll and whatever numbers you roll those are the controls you go to even if you roll a number more then once you still have to go to it. The person that wins is the one who gets all the controls first.

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Jennifer is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Darius Konotopetz

 

Born 1986
Hometown Winnipeg, MB
Currently living Bangkok, Thailand
Club Coureurs de Bois
Occupation Physical Education Teacher
Training log Attackpoint
Personal sponsors Sport Manitoba, Manitoba Orienteering Association, Coureurs de Bois

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
3rd place in the Western Canadian Orienteering Championships Sprint

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
Competing in the 2005 and 2006 Junior World Orienteering Championships
2nd in the 2000 North American Orienteering Championships

What is your first orienteering memory?
Orienteering with my parents as a youngster

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
Running the 2006 JWOC sprint in the old town of Druskininkia, Lithuania

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
South Africa, because it’s exotic and one of the only places orienteering is active in Africa

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share
Placing 2nd in my age group (13th overall) in the 2012 Laguna Phuket International Marathon (Thailand)

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

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
TBD

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Running, inline skating, hockey

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Cliff bar, Gatorade, and water

 

Athlete Profile: Sebastian Danciu


Born 1994
Hometown Toronto, ON
Currently living Toronto, ON
Club Toronto Orienteering Club and Waterloo Stars
Occupation Student and Ski instructor

How long ago did you start orienteering? 5 years ago

What are your goals for the 2011 season? To go to many orienteering events and improve my navigation skills.

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Athlete Profile: Adela Danciu


Born 1993
Hometown Toronto, ON
Currently living Toronto, ON
Club Toronto Orienteering Club and Waterloo Stars
Occupation Student and Ski instructor

How long ago did you start orienteering? 3 years ago

What are your goals for the 2011 season? I want to increase my training and improve my navigational skills.

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Athlete Profile: Trevor Bray

Trevor Bray - Picture

Born 1995
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Ottawa, ON
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint

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

Fishbones/COC races

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

NAOC and COC

Where is your favourite place to orienteer in Canada?

A tie between Ottawa and Whitehorse

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Jukola, 10mila, Nighthawk and the Scottish 6 day

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 or doing school work you can usually find me hanging out or going on adventures with some friends!

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

Finish up my third year of my degree at university

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

Probably the middle distance because it is the most challenging and rewarding of all the disciplines.

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

I have done coaching back in Whitehorse as well as some coaching in the Sass Peepre Camp

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

Don’t overcomplicate things. Simplicity is key to having a calm and smooth race.

What sort of mental training do you do to improve your orienteering?

I do lots of mental training exercises including relaxation sessions, map studying and focusing exercises

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

 

 

 

Athlete Profile: Alexander Bergström

Born 1995
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Ottawa, ON
Club Orienteering Ottawa
Training log Attackpoint

What was one of the highlights of your 2016 season?

Winning the Canadian Championships Middle distance race. This was the first Canadian Champs race I competed at as a senior, and wining it was a great way to start my senior career.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2017?

The Canadian Orienteering Champs. The terrain and courses will be superb, and having it so close to home is a bonus.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

Tiomila and Jukola. The two biggest orienteering relays should be on every orienteer’s bucket list.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I am a trained Cabinetmaker and enjoy making things out of wood.

What are some of your 2017 goals outside of orienteering?

Try to Compete in a few races/events in other sports. Learn basket weaving.

What orienteering technique are you currently working on to improve?

Compass bearings. It’s an essential skill that could always use improvement.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering

I help organize races and set training courses. I have also made some maps.

What tip would you give a beginner or intermediate orienteer?

If you want to be a better orienteer get out and orienteer every chance you can. The best way to become a better orienteer is by orienteering.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

One of my favourites are relay simulation intervals. It involves setting several very short, forked courses. Each course begins as a mass start, and at the end everyone regroups before mass-starting the next interval. It is a great exercise for increasing your speed and staying focused under pressure.

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Alexander is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2017 High Performance Program