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Leadership Transition at Orienteering Canada

Charlotte MacNaughton has been the Executive Director (ED) on a volunteer basis since the early 2000s and has decided to transition out of the ED role and focus on other priorities. Effective August 1, 2014, Tracy Bradley will be the Executive Director of Orienteering Canada.

Tracy will be working 20 hours/week for Orienteering Canada as the ED, with her primary focus on Orienteering Canada’s operational priorities. Tracy will be working closely with the Board to ensure that we are functioning well administratively and moving forward on our strategic plan objectives. She will also work with the committees, with her primary focus initially dedicated to the coaching and officials committees. Tracy has been the assistant ED for over a year now. Tracy’s experience with many other sports at the national level: diving, swimming, gymnastics, etc, is a great asset for us.

The Board is also working with the High Performance Committee with plans to hire a part-time High Performance Director starting in the fall.

Charlotte will continue her volunteer involvement with Orienteering Canada. She will be responsible for the communications, sponsorship and fund development portfolios with a longer term goal of creating productive committees to work in these areas. She will also be our international relations liaison and will continue to assist Tracy and the new Board with the transition. Charlotte with also continue her involvement on various committees: governance; high performance; celebration, awards & recognition.

The Orienteering Canada Board is extremely grateful to the thousands of volunteer hours that Charlotte has devoted to Orienteering Canada, and we are pleased that she is willing to maintain her volunteer connection to Orienteering Canada. We are also excited to have Tracy as our Executive Director and we look forward to working with her in that role as we continue our efforts to move the sport forward in Canada.

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Revised Orienteering Canada rules are now in effect

We wish to let you know that the Orienteering Canada Board of directors approved a revised set of rules late last year.  They went into effect on January 1st, 2013 and have been posted here on the Orienteering Canada website (under the ‘resources’ heading > under “officials” or “athletes”).

We would urge any Event Director, Course Planner and Controller to become familiar with the rule changes.

Some points to note:

  • We have identified the rules that are competition rules and apply only to Canada Cup events and above with the symbol (CR).  Any rule that is not marked with this symbol applies to all events.
  • Where it makes sense we have followed IOF Rules and IOF rule changes. An example of this was a decision to reduce the minimum height of control code numbers from 5 to 3 cms to allow numbers to be placed in the control unit itself. (13.3.4)
  • The contentious problem of uncrossable objects and forbidden to cross objects has been clarified in 15.4.2.  If the event organizers wish to note that an object is forbidden to cross it must be identified with a purple symbol.  Uncrossable objects can be crossed at the particpant’s own risk, as is explained in more detail in the officials manuals.
  • The deviation that competitors take to go round buildings on maps, must now be added to the length of the course to give a better representation.  With the profusion of buildings on some sprint maps, the course length using the straight line was not a fair reflection of the distance to be covered.  (10.0.3)
  • As you will note we have removed any verbiage with the word “may”, which does not indicate a rule, and transferred it, where appropriate, to the officials manuals.
  • We would welcome any suggestions for new rules or changes to existing rules.  Anyone wishing to do so should note (3.0), which outlines the procedure to be used.
  • Lastly, in addition to the officials mentioned above, we would urge all orienteers to check out the rules, particularly (15.0), which covers the duties and responsibilities of participants.

 

2012 COF Conference

The COF conference is  held in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships. It’s an ideal opportunity for Canadian orienteers to share information and ideas and to learn from interesting, topical speakers. It’s also a great time to learn about and get involved with the priority projects of the COF and to contribute your ideas and energy.

2012 Conference Details
Aug 13- 19, 2012
Sessions are in conjunction with the 2012 Western and Canadian Orienteering Championships
No registration is required. Just show up! (except for the community coach workshop and the learning facilitator workshop)

Orienteering’s LTAD in action
This will be your first chance to get your hands on our brand-new Long Term Athlete Development booklet. The orienteering-specific LTAD model gives guidelines for how best to deliver orienteering to all the different levels and age groups in the most effective and engaging manner. Our task now is to incorporate these guidelines in our coaching, officiating and junior and adult beginner programming. This session is a perfect fit for the volunteers who will be helping to coach at the Sass Peepre camp as well at those involved with introducing orienteering to newcomers at their club events.
Where: Room 3, Percy Page Centre (11759 Groat Road, Edmonton). Map.
When: Monday Aug 13 3:15 pm  (will finish in time to get to relay event at 6:30)

Community Coach clinic
Here’s a chance to become a “certified” coach. This 9 hour workshop covers both the theoretical and technical components needed to coach people newcomers to orienteering. The pre-requisites are some orienteering experience and an interest in coaching new orienteers.
Where: Edmonton – location details available from Bill Anderson
When: Monday Aug 13 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and Tuesday Aug 14 9:00 am – noon
To register for this workshop email Bill Anderson:  billATwgacartoDOTca. There will be a small fee to cover the cost of the manuals. Ask your club if they will subsidize this fee for you.

From the 2012 national junior team
Join members of the 2012 national junior orienteering team, including JWOC bronze medallist Emily Kemp, as they recount their races and experiences at the 2012 junior world championships held in Slovakia in early July. This session will be held in conjunction with the Sass Peepre junior camp. All are welcome to attend.
Where: Strathcona Wilderness Centre (at the Sass Peepre camp venue)
When: Tuesday Aug 14 at 8:00 pm
Note: Arrive at entrance gate to Strathcona Wilderness Centre between 7:45-8:00pm. This gate will be locked before and after this time window.
Location map is here.
You can ONLY access Strathcona Wilderness Centre from Township Road 530. It is a 20 minute drive east of Sherwood Park, at the junction of Twp530 and RR212.

From the 2012 national senior team
Join members of the 2012 national senior orienteering team as they recount their races and experiences at the 2012 world championships held in Switzerland in early July. This session will be held in conjunction with the Sass Peepre junior camp. All are welcome to attend.
Where: Strathcona Wilderness Centre (at the Sass Peepre camp venue)
When: Wednesday Aug 15 at 8:00 pm
Note: Arrive at entrance gate to Strathcona Wilderness Centre between 7:45-8:00pm. This gate will be locked before and after this time window.
Location map is here.
You can ONLY access Strathcona Wilderness Centre from Township Road 530. It is a 20 minute drive east of Sherwood Park, at the junction of Twp530 and RR212.

The latest from the COF
Come and find out about what projects are being working on at the COF and how they make a difference to your club – projects such as the national event database, our Sport Canada recognition, COF hiring plans, the officials and coaching programs, Project 5000, updated the course and category guidelines and more.
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Thursday Aug 16 11:00 am

Orienteering and crowdSPRING: A case study
This is a repeat engagement of a fascinating presentation that Edmonton orienteer Sherry Haley about the process used to create the new Alberta Orienteering Association logo using crowdSPRING.  The idea was to publish a request for a logo design onto the crowdSPRING website where it would be reviewed by graphic designers around the world. A financial prize was offered for the winning design, and a number of parameters were given for the logo. Come and see how it all turned out – and find out how to use resources like CrowdSource and Elance to develop club and event logos and various graphic design needs.
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Thursday Aug 16 1:00 pm

The COF Annual General Meeting
The AGM is the one time of year when representatives of the Provincial and Territorial Associations gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of the Canadian Orienteering Federation (such as electing board members, making changes to the constitution, reviewing the financial statements, etc). All are welcome to attend, though only the Associations’ confirmed representatives will be able to vote. All the details are here.
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Thursday Aug 16 5:30 pm

PechaKucha – orienteering style
Have you heard of PechaKucha? It’s a presentation methodology in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each for a max of 6 minutes, 40 seconds/presenter. There will be between six and ten different presenters on a wide range of orienteering related topics. Each presentation will be short and sweet. We will post the topics here as they are confirmed.

Confirmed so far:

  • My 2012 European orienteering adventure / Jennifer McKeigan
  • Orienteering and social media
  • Taking great orienteering photos / Adrian Zissos
  • How can a lone Canadian recreational orienteer race the Jukola? / David Ross
  • The story of the o-store / Anne Teutsch
  • Kids O activities / Meghan Rance
  • My orienteering bucket list / Charlotte MacNaughton

We’ll update this list as we confirm speakers and topics, so please do check back.

(Want to be a presenter? Let Charlotte know at infoATorienteeringDOTca)
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Thursday Aug 16 7:30 pm

Junior Development in Canada
Three Canadian orienteers (Meghan Rance, Will Critchley and Colin Abbott) have been contracted by the Sass Peepre committee to collect information about junior programs across the country and around the world. Also to collect information about junior programming in other sport. And to develop a pilot project call “Sass Peepre Online” to test methods of offering online training to juniors ages 13-20 who are not currently in the COF’s High Performance Program. Six juniors from across Canada are participating in this pilot project. This conference session will include a summary of their work and a discussion regarding the next steps in the creation of a national junior orienteering curriculum.
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Friday Aug 17 10:00 am

SportIDENT – the latest and greatest from the SI gang
Are you the “SI guy” (or “SI girl”) for your club or organization?  If you are, then this session is for you. Or, if you’re interested in techy stuff in general or SI stuff in particular, then you should  come as well.  You will have the opportunity to learn about the latest ideas and technologies that SportIDENT is adding to its repertoire now and over the year to come.  Both the Canadian rep for SportIDENT, Eric Teutsch, and the creator of the SportIDENT system, Siegfried Ritter from Germany, will be on hand to talk about what’s new and coming, and to answer questions about the SI timing system.
Where: Rossdale Community Hall (10135 – 96 Ave, Edmonton)
When: Friday Aug 17 11:30 am

Learning Facilitator clinic
Are you interested in becoming certified to teach the community coach program? This 5-6 hour session will give you the skills needed to teach the community coach course. (you do need to be certified as a community coach too – you can take the course on Mon and Tues if you haven’t taken it yet)
Where and when: we are looking to find a couple hours here and there a few times between the Thursday and Sunday conference sessions and races to make up the whole 5-6 hours. Let Bill Anderson know of your interest in this session and we’ll schedule accordingly.
To show interest for this workshop email Bill Anderson:  billATwgacartoDOTca. There will be a small fee to cover the cost of the manuals. Ask your club if they will subsidize this fee for you.

Banquet and Silent Auction
And we hope to see you Saturday night following the banquet. They’ll be lots of great items at the always-fun annual silent auction.

COF Board Meeting
The COF Board of Directors will be meeting Aug 20 in Edmonton.
Where: Room 4, Percy Page Centre (11759 Groat Road, Edmonton). Map.
When: Monday Aug 20 9:00 am