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JWOC 2014 gets underway


The 2014 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Bulgaria starts on July 22nd.

  • Tuesday July 22 – sprint final
  • Wednesday July 23 – long final
  • Friday July 25 – middle qualification
  • Saturday July 26 – middle final
  • Sunday July 27 – relay

The Canadian team consists of:

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)

Team Leader: Stefan Bergstrom
Coach: Raphael Ferrand

Here is how to follow the team:

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.

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New Zealand World Cups on now: Carol Ross and Will Critchley for Canada

The first orienteering World Cups of the 2013 season are on now in New Zealand. Representing Canada are Carol Ross of Moncton and Will Critchley of Edmonton.

This year’s World Cup starts with three events in New Zealand as part of the Oceania Carnival. More than 120 athletes from 20 nations have gathered on the country’s North Island to take part. In addition to the World Cup athletes, the Carnival has received entries from more than 900 runners from 28 countries.

World Cup starts on Sunday

The World Cup gets under way on Sunday with a Middle Distance race on intricately contoured open and forested sand dune terrain at Waikawa Beach on the west coast. The course planner is Yvette Baker, who as Yvette Hague took the gold medal at Short Distance (the equivalent of Middle Distance today) in the 1999 World Championships in Scotland. The race starts at 9.30 New Zealand time. Good summer weather (but not too hot) is promised!

The World Cup then moves into Wellington for a Sprint qualification and final on successive days, Monday and Tuesday, and the last event is a Middle Distance chasing start on Sunday 13th January.

Thirteen events in 2013 World Cup

In addition to the World Championships finals in Finland in July, there are two more rounds of the World Cup: the Nordic Tour at the beginning of June comprising 5 events in Norway, Sweden and Finland, and the traditional final 2 races in Switzerland in October.  In all there are 13 events, and athletes’ total scores will be calculated as the sum of all scores in New Zealand and on the Nordic Tour, plus the best 2 scores from the 3 World Championships finals together with the Middle Distance race in Switzerland, plus the score for the Word Cup Final. Athletes have to run in all 5 events of the Nordic Tour to qualify for points from these events. There is a prize money ‘pot’ of 7,000 Euros to be divided amongst the first 6 in the overall women’s and men’s standings at the end of the series.

More information is available from the International Orienteering Federation and directly from the event website. You can get first hand accounts from Will and Carol on the Team Canada blog.

Go Carol and Will! We’re cheering for you.

2012 Athletes' Representative Election

This information is also available at a pdf file here.

In 2008, the position of Athlete Representative was created. The goal is to have athlete representation on the Board of Directors to ensure that national team athletes have a voice at the decision making level of the COF. At the COF annual general meeting in August 2008, a motion was passed to amend the COF constitution to add an Athletes’ Representative to the COF Board of Directors (BOD). The individual in this position has full voting rights in the same way other Board members do, but unlike board members that are elected by the general membership, the Athletes’ Rep is elected by national team athletes.

Term of the Athletes’ Representative
The elected individual will serve a 2-year term starting immediately after the 2012 COF AGM in July and ending with the 2014 COF AGM. After the 2012 COF AGM, the Athletes’ Rep will be a voting member of the COF BOD and delegate to the AthletesCAN Forum including all the responsibilities listed below. Prior to that, the elected individual will serve as a member of the COF High Performance Committee to become familiar with the current issues of the High Performance Program and the operating procedures of the High Performance Committee. Another election will be held in January 2014.

Please note that there may be some changes to the HPC’s terms of references as an outcome of some suggestions that we have received recently from a governance consultant. Also, we will likely be changing the process by which the Athletes’ Rep is named to the Board of Director in order to comply with the new not-for-profit corporations act which comes into effect in 2 years time.

Responsibility of the Athletes’ Representative
The rep is expected to:

  • Advocate on behalf of the athletes as a participating member of the Canadian Orienteering Federation Board of Directors
  • Fulfill the duties of a COF board member
  • Advocate on behalf of athletes as a participating member of the COF High Performance Committee
  • Be the Athletes’ Rep for Orienteering to AthletesCAN including attending the annual AthletesCAN Forum (travel and accommodation expenses are paid for), which is usually held at the end of September. Share the experiences and learnings from the Forum with Canada’s national level orienteering athletes.
  • Keep all Canada’s national level orienteering athletes updated year-round with relevant information from AthletesCAN, the High Performance Committee and the COF Board of Directors
  • Work to enhance the profile of orienteering in Canada

Who elects the Athletes’ Representative?
The Athletes’ Rep is elected by the Canadian members of the 2012 World Orienteering Championships and Junior World Orienteering Championships teams.

Who is eligible to be the Athletes’ Representative?
Both former and current Senior National Orienteering Team members are eligible provided they have been a Canadian Senior National Orienteering Team member within the last 8 years. A Canadian Senior National Orienteering Team member is defined as any individual who has represented Canada as a competitor at a World Orienteering Championships.

Nomination process
The call for nomination will be circulated via email and web to the Canadian orienteering community. Nominations for the position must be sent to the COF (by email to by July 31st, 2012. Individuals can nominate themselves or someone else can nominate an individual with his/her prior approval.

All nominees will have the opportunity to submit answers (by July 31, 2012 to to the following questions:

1. Why do you wish to run for the Athletes’ Representative position? (answer not to exceed 250 words)
2. What is your vision for elite orienteering in Canada? (answer not to exceed 250 words)

Election process
By August 1st, 2012 the COF Executive Director will send by email the list of nominated athletes and their responses to the above questions to all the current Canadian national orienteering team members (the Canadian members of the 2010 World Orienteering Championships or Junior World Orienteering Championships teams).

Voting will be closed at August 8, 2012, 11:59pm MST by replying by email with the name of the desired Athlete Representative. The email is to be sent to the two COF officials acting as proctors (to be announced).

If an athlete has not responded within one week, a COF representative will attempt to contact the athlete by phone to ensure he/she received the email. Once the phone call has been made the athletes will have 3 days to cast their vote. Then the elected individual will be announced.

Photo: Emily Kemp JWOC long distance race

Photo: JWOC long distance results board

Canada's Emily Kemp wins bronze medal at 2012 JWOC!

It’s a historic day for Canadian orienteering with Emily Kemp‘s bronze medal in the long distance race at the 2012 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Slovakia. Below is the press release. Emily wrote about her  race on the Team Canada blog.

Congratulations Emily!

Photo: Emily Kemp

2012 JWOC Team

As a follow-up to the March 23rd announcement regarding the 2012 Canadian Team to the Junior World Orienteering Championships, Kerstin Burnett, Emily Ross and Molly Kemp have been selected to the team. Alex Bergstrom, Trevor Bray, Emily Kemp and Kendra Murray were selected previously. The JWOC team is heading to Slovakia from July 7 – 13.

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!