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Athlete Profile: Jon Torrance

Born 1971
Hometown Ottawa
Currently living Washington, DC
Clubs Ottawa Orienteering Club
Occupation Systems Engineer
Training log Attackpoint

Career Highlights

  • 2005 Canadian Orienteering Championships short silver (first COC medal)
  • Making my first World Orienteering Championship team in 2005 on the third try
  • 2007 Canadian Orienteering Championships sprint gold
  • First in 2007 Sprint Series Final
  • Victory at the 2007 Hudson Highlander (2007 was a good year)

2011 Highlights

  • 3rd (2nd North American resident) at the US Ultralong Champs
  • 5th at the COC sprint, 5th (third NA resident) at the US Sprint Champs
  • A single A meet race victory – the middle distance at the Buffalo A meet.

When and how did you get involved with orienteering?
Not counting a couple of times in high school gym which, along with Hal Higdon’s “The Electronic Olympics”, got me interested, in the spring of 1990 when I first showed up at a OOC event on the Nepean Sportsplex map.
What do you love most about orienteering?
The evergreen challenge of balancing physical effort and efficient navigation.
What is your favourite orienteering discipline, and why?
Middle, for the sheer enjoyment of doing orienteering that’s as technical as possible (whether I manage to rise to the challenge or not).
Which orienteering event is always on your calendar?
Is this a trick question? Canadian Orienteering Championships!
Do you have an orienteering idol? If so, who and why?
If I do, it’s Thierry Georgiou – it would be hard not to be impressed by what he’s achieved and the dedication it took to achieve it.
What was the highlight of your 2011 season?
Returning to the Yukon for COCs.
What are your 2012 orienteering goals?
Most importantly, performing well at COCs and NAOCs.
What races are on your 2012 calendar?
All the US A meets east of the Mississippi from March through May, the Billygoat, the Ottawa O Fest, COCs, NAOCs. WOC?
What is your favourite international orienteering location?
For an otherworldly O experience (unless you live somewhere similar), everyone ought to orienteer at Anza-Borrego.
When you’re not orienteering, where can we find you?
Hopefully downtown – usually DC for assorted culture, sometimes Silver Spring for the American Film Institute. Or out training. Sadly, at work might be a better bet other than evenings. Please don’t try to find me in the middle of the night, even if it is easier when I’m virtually certain to be in bed.

Athlete Profile: Will Critchley

Born 1984
Hometown Edmonton, AB
Currently living Jyväskylä, Finland
Club Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club
Training Log Private log on Strava
Twitter @I_Will_Perform

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

I’m thinking of doing the ultimate class at the OO Cup in Slovenia this year. Same difficulty, no trails on the map.

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far?

Probably the WOC Long 2015 in Scotland.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Probably the most essential map to try in Canada is the Morningside, around an hour south of Edmonton.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Preparing for an important race should really be no different than preparing for an unimportant race. If you prepare for an important race like it is an important race, then you’re not behaving as you race the vast majority of the year. How many important races are there in a year? 2? 3? When do you practice your preparation for a major race? In the unimportant races. A person’s system shouldn’t change just because of the gravity of the situation, it may feel different, but the best athletes are the ones that can perform at the same level whether it’s the Alberta Championships or the World Championships.

So, in summary, I prepare for an important race the same way I do an unimportant race.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I ski a lot, I also teach sport psychology to aspiring young hockey stars. Also, I just collected all 121 in Super Mario Galaxy, so there’s that.

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Will is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Louise Oram

Born 1984
Hometown Vancouver
Currently living Vancouver
Club Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club (GVOC)
Occupation Masters student
Training log Attackpoint

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
33 at WOC long Distance, Lausanne

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.

  • Canadian Orientering Championships – 1st middle and long distance, 2nd sprint (2011)
  • North American Orienteering Championships – 1st middle and long distances (2010) 3rd North American sprint, middle, long (2012)
  • World Orienteering Championships – 28th middle distance (2010) 36 middle & 37 sprint distance (2011) 33 long & 41 middle distance (2012)

What is your first orienteering memory?
Having my dad follow me on a course in Pacific Spirit Park.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
Racing the Norwegian Ultralong, in alpine / subalpine terrain. Made contact with another orienteer who I had never met but was driving up and was super nice. I got to stay in his friend’s house up near the race. Not a particularly good race for me, but beautiful area!

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Brandywine, Bow valley, basically somewhere with lots of detail and very few trails.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Slovenia – beautiful Karst terrain

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share.
Best paper at Haptic Symposium 2012: “Exploring the Design Space of Programmable Friction for Scrolling Interactions” Vincent Levesque, Louise Oram, Karon MacLean

If you could get orienteering coaching from anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
Minna Kauppi, she seems so naturally talented and driven

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
US team trials
WOC 2013

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Running, some cycling, xc skiing, and rock climbing

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Oatmeal

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I have taken up knitting in the last year

 

Athlete Profile: Carol Ross

Born 1988
Hometown Moncton, NB
Currently living Truckee, CA, USA
Club Orienteering New Brunswick
Occupation Mathematician
Training log Attackpoint
Personal sponsors Bell, Icebug

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
NAOC relay.

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
12th in WOC 2011 relay with Emily and Louise.

What is your first orienteering memory?
My dad telling me to duck while he bashed through NB forests with me in the baby backpack.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
Orienteering under the Matterhorn when Swiss O Week was in Zermatt was incredible.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
Clermont-Ferrand.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Iceland and Greenland are definitely on my bucket list.

Do you have any other achievements from 2012 that you’d like to share
I learned to ski-o at the Tahoe world cup races!

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

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
Run Black Diamond, Barebones, COCs.

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Cross country skiing and trail running.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Peanut butter and bananas.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I get really excited about making vegan cheese.

 

Athlete Profile: Colin Abbott

Born 1990
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Ottawa, Ontario
Club Yukon Orienteering Association
Occupation Student/Athlete
Blog superextrablue.tumblr.com

How long ago did you start orienteering? 7 years ago

What are your orienteering goals this year? Top 5 results at COC’s

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Athlete Profile: Eric Kemp

Born 1989
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Club Orienteering Ottawa
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019?

Canadian Orienteering Champs in Montreal. Running a championship race for a home crowd is an experience I’ve come to cherish.

What is your favorite orienteering event that you have done so far?

Racing in the Yukon is always incredible. I had a great streak of races at the North American’s last summer and really appreciate all the hard work and effort that went into pulling those off. A spectacular week.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once?

Without hesitation: Lewes Lake, Whitehorse Yukon. It’s a personal obsession at this point.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Plan, visualize plan, execute plan.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering?

I’ve started partner dancing. Call it active recovery?

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Eric is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program.

Athlete Profile: Damian Konotopetz

Born 1990
Hometown Winnipeg, Manitoba
Currently living Calgary, AB
Club Coureurs de Bois
Occupation Athlete/Student
Training log Attackpoint
Website Personal blog
Twitter @dkonotopetz

Please list your best and proudest 2012 orienteering achievements.
Winning the silver medal in the COC Sprint and the bronze in the Long.
Placing 37th in the WUOC Middle.

Please list your best and proudest orienteering achievements to date.
Winning the 2002 Asia Pacific Orienteering Championships .
Participating in 3 JWOC’s (2008, 2009, 2010).
Top North American in every race at JWOC 2010; Sprint 74th, Middle 75th -B Final 14th (1 second from making the A Final—that really hurt!), Long 90th.
Winning the 2010 COC Sprint (M17-20).
88th in the Long distance at my first ever WOC in France, 2011.
Silver in the 2012 COC  Sprint and bronze in the Long.

What is your first orienteering memory?
Winning the 2002 Asia Pacific Orienteering Championships.

What is your favourite orienteering story or experience?
Attending my first JWOC in Sweden and seeing what a world class event is all about.

Is there a particular map/area where you could never get sick of orienteering?
No.

If you could fly anywhere in the world to orienteer, where would you go, and why?
Australia because I think it would be an awesome place to orienteer.

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

What races are on your 2013 calendar?
US Individual Championships, WCOC’s, COC’s, WOC (hopefully).

Aside from orienteering, what other sports do you do on a regular basis?
Short track speed skating, cycling, running, inline skating.

What is your favourite pre-race breakfast/snack?
Protein shake, banana and a cliff bar.

Tell us something that we might not know about you….
I enjoy fishing.

 

Athlete Profile: Graeme Rennie

Born 1991
Hometown North Vancouver, BC
Currently living North Vancouver, BC
Club Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club
Occupation Computer Engineer
Training log Attackpoint

What race are you looking forward to in 2019? 

Australian Easter Carnival

What is your favourite orienteering event that you have done so far? 

Desert Run in central Washington state. Wonderfully unique, beautiful and challenging area.

Which map in Canada do you think all orienteers have to try at least once? 

Top of the Squamish Chief, in Squamish, B.C.

How do you normally prepare for an important race?

Relax! Eat lots, sleep well.

What do you like to do outside of orienteering? 

Running, Ultimate frisbee, climbing, cycling, Country skiing, and woodworking!

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Graeme R is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2019 High Performance Program

Athlete Profile: Graham Ereaux


Born 1991
Hometown Moncton, NB
Currently living Sackville, NB
Club Falcons
Occupation Student

How long ago did you start orienteering? 8 years ago

What are your orienteering goals? To have a personally successful JWOC and COCs.

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Athlete Profile: Lee Hawkings


Born 1991
Hometown Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently living Ottawa, Ontario
Club YOA (Yukon Orienteering Association)
Occupation Student

How long ago did you start orienteering? 12 Years

How many JWOC’s have you been to? 2008 Sweden, 2009 Italy, 2010 Denmark

What keeps you motivated to train for the sport? There is always something new in Orienteering. Its not like doing laps on the track. It is different and challenging every time you go out.

What is your favourite event? It’s really hard to pick a favorite. Every event has its charms.

Do you have a pre-race ritual? 
If so, please share. Wake up at least 3 hours before I start, breakfast of a bagel with peanut butter and banana. At least a half hour warming up before the start

What would be your best orienteering memory? I think it would have to come from the training camp before JWOC 2008 in Sweden. We went out training and dumped our stuff by a lake in the middle of the map. After a good hard training session we came back to the lake for a swim and lazed around a bit on the warm rocks while we ate lunch

What are your goals for the 2011 season? Get some top 100s at JWOC in Poland. Make the JWOC relay team (top 3 on the Canadian team). Win a race COCs in Whitehorse