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Emily Kemp and Louise Oram pre-selected for 2014 WOC team

Orienteering Canada is pleased to announce that Emily Kemp and Louise Oram have been pre-selected to the 2014 Canadian team to the World Orienteering Championships in July in Italy. Full details are in the press release 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!

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: JWOC long distance results board

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!

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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