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Athlete Profile: Kerstin Burnett

KerstinBurnett

Born 1992
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Whitehorse, Yukon
Club YOA
Occupation Student
Training log Attackpoint
Twitter @yukonkerstin

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.

  • 4 medals at NAOC: bronze in middle, silver in long, gold in sprint and relay
  • 32nd of 60 at JWOC Middle B final
  • 100th of 139 at JWOC Long (It may not sound like a spectacular result but I was very happy with it, and I had a good race that day)

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
-WCOC 2011: 1st in sprint
-WCOC 2012: 1st in Sprint, 2nd in Middle, 3rd in Long
-my 4 medals at NAOC 2012 in PA

What is your first orienteering memory?
I remember when my parents used to shadow me, and once my dad suggested that I could try running with a buddy my age instead, like Justine Scheck and Emily Nishikawa did. They were a few years older than me, which seemed like eons back then. I remember being terrified to run without an adult like the “big girls.”

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
One of my favourite orienteering experiences was attending the HPP training camp in Canmore in spring 2012. After spending the winter in Victoria, it was invigorating to be training in runnable forest. I always love training camps – getting to live and breathe orienteering for a few days and leave behind everything else. This camp was particularly effective due to the high level of orienteers I got to train with, and the high level of tailored coaching.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
The karst terrain in Slovakia – I had so much fun at the JWOC trainings and competitions on the maps covered in little round depressions. It was technically difficult, but with lots of beautiful open forest.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
I would (and will!) go to Sweden for the challenge of the flat, but highly detailed maps.

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share
Named YOA’s “Sportsperson of the Year” for 2012
Received a scholarship from the University of Victoria for academic excellence

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
Lots! Some big ones include: Danish Spring, 10Mila, Venla, Nordic O-Tour, WOC public races, and O-Ringen

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
None that I am too serious about, but I enjoy skiing, volleyball, basketball, and I have just discovered that I like ultimate Frisbee.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Cereal and milk, with banana and almonds.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I was attending the University of Victoria, but since I still have not decided what to study, I’ll be taking spring semester off to go train in Spain and Sweden!

 

Athlete Profile: Tori Owen

Born 1991
Hometown Calgary, AB
Currently living Calgary, AB
Club Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club
Occupation ICU Nurse
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to for 2018?

I am really excited to head back up to the Yukon for NAOC and COCs 2018. Such a magical place!

When did you start orienteering?

I think we have a photo of me as a baby playing with my Mum’s map, so on and off most of my life.

What is your best orienteering memory?

I really like the community that is involved in almost every orienteering meet I go to. Whether it is a local meet or an international competition. Orienteers are such a neat enthusiastic group of people!

What is your fabourite type of orienteering event and why? 

I think we all live for that perfect middle or long race where the map is making sense and you’re reading ahead and it feels like you’re flying.

What’s the best orienteering advice that you’ve received?

If you start to be even a little unsure where you are, slow down. Seems obvious, but I think we have all been guilty of ignoring the little voice in our head!

What are some of your 2018 goals outside of orienteering?

I am hoping to start my master’s degree in the fall.

Tori is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Kendra Murray

KendraMurray

Born 1993
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Ottawa,
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Student
Training log iLog

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
My two proudest and best moments in 2012 were finishing 65th in the JWOC sprint, keeping up to Runa Fremstad for the second half of the race, the second best moment was being part of the Canadian Relay Team at JWOC which placed 19th with me getting my first fastest split ever at JWOC!

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
The two achievements listed above also count as my proudest orienteering achievements to date!

What is your first orienteering memory?
My first orienteering memory is at the Sass Peepre Camp in Whitehorse, mostly just the camp atmosphere, meeting so many people I still know, and how much fun I had training with them!

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
The Lewes Lake Map, Yukon!

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
I’d love to go to France where the World Championships were in 2011. I want to try orienteering on that tough of terrain! It would be a huge challenge. Also, I have never been to France, so I have to go sometime!

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share
I completed my first year of University, and was named Athlete of the Year in Nordic Skiing for Carleton University.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
I would love to be coached by Tove Alexandersson. I have watched her race at JWOC and WOC and she is amazing! So fast.

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
I’m aiming for JWOC 2013 in the Czech Republic, hopefully some undecided European races, COCs, and all the Yukon races!

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
I cross-country ski mostly, with some soccer and basketball thrown in.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
I either eat oatmeal with lots of fruit and nuts in it, or a toasted bagel with butter and yoghurt and banana.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I also play the violin!

 

Athlete Profile: Serghei Logvin

Born 1991
Hometown Chişinău, Moldova
Currently living Oakville, ON
Club Golden Horseshoe Orienteering
Occupation Athlete

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
2012 North American Orienteering Championships Silver medal

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
I would say the same one.

What is your first orienteering memory?
Racing in Southern Ukraine in the late 90s.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
I was running M12 at a large competition in Moldova. The end of the course involved crossing a few creeks. While climbing out of one of them, I had lost my shoe. None the less, I finished the race without it, and had won.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
March Highlands in Ottawa. Although, a lot of Scandinavian maps would be just as interesting.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Probably Finland or Sweden.

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share
Finally doing the right things to go to Europe for a few months. I consider it a big achievement for me, because I’ve been wanting to do that for a while.

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
I think I have the best coach possible – my father, Andrei Logvin. I would love to get Technique and Mental coaching from Thierry Gueorgiou though, as I think he is phenomenal and very inspiring.

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
In 2013 I will be in Europe until at least July, starting with Portugal and Spain in February/early March.

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
I played on my Highschool soccer and tennis teams. In the past few years though, all my training and racing (trail, adventure running) is for benefit in Orienteering.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Fruit.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
My lucky number is 811 ;)

Athlete Profile: Dahria Beatty


Born 1994
Hometown
Currently living Whitehorse
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Student, Athlete

How long ago did you start orienteering? 10 years

What are your orienteering goals this season? Race at larger events with more competitors to bring my orienteering to a higher level and be able to run my own races without being distracted by all the others  around. Become more efficient at relocating, spend less time before deciding to relocate. Plan most of my long bearing legs ahead of time and have fun.

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Athlete Profile: Daniel Rokitnicki-Wojcik

Age 24
Hometown
Currently living Hamilton, ON
Club Golden Horseshoe Orienteering
Occupation Biologist

How long ago did you start orienteering? 1 year

What keeps you motivated to train for the sport? Knowing that the competition is training with the same goals in mind and that I can always improve, no matter what.

 

 

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Athlete Profile: Robbie Anderson

Photo Credit: World of O

Photo Credit: World of O

Born 1988
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Gothenburg, Sweden
Club Ottawa OC / Göteborg-Majorna OK
Occupation PhD Student
Training log Attackpoint

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

Not much to be proud of. Happy to have gotten myself back in to reasonable shape for WOC.

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

Jukola

Where is your favorite place to orienteer in Canada?

Yukon (Long lake)

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

London city race

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

Music and guitar have taken up more and more time this year.

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

To do some non-orienteering related travel :)

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

That’s like asking for a favourite child ;)

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

I do this and that for the club here. Mostly the jobs for “utlänningar”. Competition setup, IT, standing around etc. I do a bit of course-setting and coaching here but did a lot more of that back in Ottawa.

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

Visualization is a powerful tool that I’ve used since I was young. I’d like to try and be more structured and effective with it though and learn to combine it with meditation.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

My favourite physical training is hills. Long 3-4min intervals up a single climb. My favourite technical trainings are usually orienteering intervals.

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

I was a big Catching Features geek. A very effective and fun way of improving fast map reading skills.

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

Athlete Profile: Hans Fransson

Age 38
Hometown Sweden
Currently living Hamilton, Ontario
Club Golden Horseshoe Orienteering
Occupation Teacher

How long ago did you start orienteering? 30 years

Have you been to previous World Championships? WOC 2007

What are your orienteering goals this season? I have never been to Trondheim…

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Athlete Profile: Patrick Goeres

Born 1985
Hometown Winnipeg, MB
Currently Living Winnipeg, MB
Club Coureurs de Bois
Occupation Medical student
Twitter

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
Having a strong run in the WOC sprint final

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
Continuing to improve through 3 WOC sprint finals

What is your first orienteering memory?
17 at a local meet in Winnipeg. I was getting into some adventure races and wanted to improve my navigation.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Bow Valley, Alberta

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Somewhere hot. Maybe the Azores

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Ted de St. Croix

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
Sage Stomp, Barebones, COC’s

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Nordic skiing, the odd duathlon, cycling

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Oatmeal, eggs, and a good coffee

Tell us something that we might not know about you…
In my spare time, I carve canoe paddles by hand

 

Athlete Profile: Mike Smith

Age 32
Hometown Waterside, NB
Currently living Prince George, BC
Club Falcons
Occupation Physician

How long ago did you start orienteering? 19 years ago

How many WOC’s have you been to? 97 – Norway, 99 – Scotland, 01 – Finland, 03 – Switzerland, 04 – Sweden, 05 – Japan, 06 – Denmark, 07 – Ukraine, 08 – Czech Republic, o9 – Hungary

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