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Canadian National Orienteering Team

Team Canada Blog

Read about the adventures of Canada’s elite athletes.

Athlete Handbook

If you are an athlete interested in competing in the World or Junior World Orienteering Championships, the World University Orienteering Championships or World Cup events, be sure to read the Athlete Handbook available on the HPP page to learn how to join the High Performance program and how to get selected to compete at these events.

Ski-Orienteering Selection

If you are interested in representing Canada at events such as:

  • World Ski Orienteering Championships
  • Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships
  • Ski Orienteering World Cups
  • World University Ski-Orienteering Championships

you can find the selection process information here. For the 2018 season > please note that applications may be submitted after the deadline.

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Team Canada at the 2017 World Orienteering Championships


The 2017 World Orienteering Championships are coming up in Estonia.
Here are the Canadians who will be representing Canada:

Emily Kemp
Emma Waddington

Wil Critchley
Eric Kemp
Damian Konotopetz

Coach: Raphael Ferrand
Team Manager: Meghan Rance

WOC 2017 web site:







Canada at Finland World Cup races

The 2017 World Cup season is gets underway this week in Finland. Canada is represented by: Emma Waddington, Will Critchley, and Emily Kemp.

Here’s how the week looks for the Canadians:

– sprint relay: Emma Waddington, Will Critchley, and then two other runners to make up a mixed team

– sprint: Emma W and Emily Kemp

– rest

– middle: Emily Kemp

– long: Emily Kemp (start times are based on sprint, and middle results)

More info and links are on our Team Canada Blog.



2017 JWOC team announced

The following athletes will represent Canada at the 2017 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Darya Sepandj
Emma Sherwood
Emma Waddington
Nicole Whitmore

David Bakker
Leif Blake
Caelan McLean
Christian Michelsen
Jan Erik Naess
Michael Svoboda

Congratulations to those selected and thanks to everyone who applied.

Jeff Teutsch will be the JWOC Coach. Sabine Schweiger will be the Team Manager and Erik Blake will be an additional official.

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee would like to thank Stefan Bergstrom, Ross Burnett and Nevin French for being on the JWOC Selection Committee.

Team Canada selected for the World Games

The athletes who will represent Canada at the 2017 World Games in Poland have been selected.

The World Games run from July 20-30 in Warsaw, Poland. The orienteering disciplines at the World Games are: sprint distance, middle distance and a sprint relay.

Team Canada will be:

Emily Kemp (hometown: Ottawa)
Louise Oram (hometown: Vancouver)
Damian Konotopetz (hometown: Winnipeg)
Will Critchley (hometown: Edmonton)

The team coach/manager will be Marg Ellis (hometown: Vancouver) who is one of Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program regional coaches.

In total 40 men and 40 women will compete in the Sprint and Middle Distance competitions, and 17 national teams are qualified to compete in the Sprint Relay. The qualification information is here.

The World Games involve sports which are recognized by the International Olympic Committee, but are not currently on the Olympic program. There will be over 3500 athletes from over 100 countries competing in over 30 sports at the 2017 World Games.








High Performance Program Applications Due Nov 25

The High Performance Program (HPP) is designed specifically to support athletes who wish to achieve excellence in international orienteering. The HPP offers coaching support, training opportunities, and other benefits that will assist athletes in achieving their goals. The deadline to apply for the 2017 High Performance Program is Nov 25, 2016.


  • Nov 25: Submission deadline for Application Package
  • Dec 5: Interim Acceptance
  • Dec 31: Confirmation

Further details of the application process are outlined in the Athletes Handbook. As such the Athletes’ HandbookHPP Application Package and Athlete Agreement  have now all been published on the High Performance Program page.

All athletes wishing to compete at the World Orienteering Championships, World Games, World University Champs and JWOC  or in World Cup races MUST be members of the HPP.

2016 World Orienteering Championships is underway

World Orienteering Championships underway in Sweden

Aug 21, 2016 (Calgary, AB) – The 2016 World Orienteering Championships (WOC) run from August 20 to 28, 2016 in Strömstad-Tanum, Sweden. Canada is represented by 8 athletes. This year the Canadian team at the World Orienteering Championships is made up mostly of veteran national team members, with one rookie member, Brent Godman.

The athletes  (and home towns) on Team Canada 2016 are: Emily Kemp (Ottawa), Louise Oram (Vancouver), Emma Waddington (Hamilton), Damian Knonotopetz (Winnipeg), Will Critchley (Edmonton), Robbie Anderson (Ottawa), Eric Kemp (Ottawa), Brent Godman (Rute, Sweden)

The race allocation is:

Women Long: Emily Kemp, Louise Oram
Women Middle: Emily Kemp, Louise Oram
Women Sprint: Emma Waddington
Women Relay: Emily Kemp, Louise Oram, Emma WaddingtonMen Long: Damian Konotopetz
Men Middle: Eric Kemp
Men Sprint: Damian Konotopetz, Will Critchley, Robbie Anderson
Men Relay: Eric Kemp, Damian Konotopetz, Brent Godman

Mixed Sprint Relay: Will Critchley, Damian Konotopetz, Emma Waddington, Emily Kemp

The team is coached this year by Raphael Ferrand. The team manager is Meghan Rance.

Athletes compete in the sprint, middle and long distance races individually as well as the relay race with a team of 3 men or women and the mixed sprint relay with a team of 2 men and 2 women. The winners are expected to finish the sprint final distance in 14 minutes, the middle distance in 35 minutes, the long distance in 80 to 95 minutes, the forest relay in a total team time of 100 minutes, and the sprint relay in a total time of 60 minutes.

Canada’s best result at the World Orienteering Championships was 9th in 2005 (Japan) by Sandy Smith in the middle distance race.

Other strong results at the World Orienteering Championships include 11th in 2014 by Emily Kemp in the middle distance race and 28th in 2014 by Louise Oram in the middle distance race.  Last year’s best results were Will Critchley in 49th in the Men’s Long, Damian Konotopetz in 64th in the Men’s Middle, Emily Kemp in 20th in the Women’s Long and Emily Kemp in 36th in the Women’s Middle.

So far this year, Emily Kemp has had an amazing season, placing 4th and 7th at the European Championship Middle and Long.  Emily Kemp’s current International Orienteering Federation ranking is 22nd and her current World of Orienteering ranking is 11th in Long.


  • Saturday August 20: Sprint Qualification and Final – 09.00-18.00 CET
  • Sunday August 21: Sprint Relay – 16.50-18.00 CET
  • Monday August 22: Rest day
  • Tuesday August 23: Middle – 11.45-18.00 CET
  • Wednesday August 24: Rest day
  • Thursday August 25: Long – 12.00-18.00 CET
  • Friday August 26: Rest day
  • Saturday August 27: Relay – 14.00-18.00 CET

The World of O website provides comprehensive information about WOC 2016 including information about watching live streaming of the events:

Results from the races can be found via the event web site:

Team Canada to World University Champs announced


Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Orienteering Canada are pleased to formally announce the Canadian athletes who will be competing at the 2016 World University Orienteering Championships in Hungary July 30 – Aug 4. Click on the image to see the announcement. You can also read the announcements here in English and French.

You can follow these links to see the profiles of the selected athletes:





JWOC 2016 results for Team Canada


sprint results


long results

Middle Qualification

middle qualification results

Middle Final

middle final results


relay results by leg




JWOC 2016 is underway

The 2016 Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) run from July 9 to 15, 2016 in the Engadin region of Switzerland.

Team Canada is made up of both juniors who have raced in JWOC before, as well as younger athletes new to the international competitive scene.



JWOC poster(click image to enlarge)

The team is coached this year by HPP member Jeff Teutsch of Ottawa. The team manager is Sabine Schweiger of Whitehorse. Erik Blake of Whitehorse is assisting the team with communications.

Athletes compete in the sprint, middle and long distance races individually as well as the relay race with teams of 3 men or women. Canada will field two men’s teams and one women’s team. The winners are expected to finish the sprint distance in 13 to 14 minutes, the middle distance in 25 minutes, long distance in 60 to 70 minutes and the relay races in a total team time of 105 minutes.

Canada’s best ever result at the Junior World Orienteering Championships was a bronze medal won by Ottawa’s Emily Kemp in 2012 in Slovakia in the long distance race.


  • Sunday 10 July: Sprint – 09.00-12.30 CET
  • Monday 11 July: Long Distance – 09.00-16.30 CET
  • Tuesday 12 July: Rest day / Model event
  • Wednesday 13 July: Middle Qualifications – 10.00-12.30 CET
  • Thursday 14 July: Middle Finals – 09.00-13.30 CET
  • Friday 15 July: Relay – 10.30-13.15 CET

“JWOC is an introduction to international orienteering for our young athletes and an important step in their development. This year 70 percent of the team are returning athletes. We are looking for those athletes to improve on their results from last year. For the rookies, it is a matter of soaking up the experience and learn what it is all about,” said Brent Langbakk, High Performance Director of Orienteering Canada.

“This year’s Canadian team has spent the week of July 2nd to July 9th in the Engadin Valley preparing for the world championships, adjusting to the altitude and time-zone change, and learning what the alpine terrain is like here. The team is feeling confident and prepared for the upcoming races and is excited to face the challenge of running 5 races in 6 days this week,” said Jeff Teutsch, Team Coach JWOC 2016.

The World of O website provides comprehensive information about JWOC 2016 including information about watching live streaming of the events:

Results from the races can be found via the event web site

You can follow along by staying tuned to the Team Canada Blog and Orienteering Canada’s social media (hashtag: #jwoc2016):




Road to the Junior World Orienteering Championships in 2017, 2018, 2019...

The Road to the Junior World Orienteering Championships

JWOC (Junior World Orienteering Championships) is a competition for mostly 17-20 year old juniors from all over the world to compete at the highest level of orienteering. Juniors from about 40 countries around the world take part. It is a fantastic event to meet and make friends from around the world, see new places, and orienteer in exciting terrain.

The 2016 JWOC ( is taking place the Switzerland. Canada sent a team of 6 men and 4 women to challenge the Swiss mountains.

If you are a young Canadian orienteering athlete you should start thinking about how to train and qualify for future JWOCs;  2017 in Finland, 2018 in Hungary, and 2019 in Denmark.

The Canadian JWOC selection committee is using results from major events for the selection, and the athletes must keep a training log to show their training and level of fitness. You also have to be a member of the HPP (Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program).

For the 2017 selection for JWOC in Finland any Canadian junior that is aiming for the team should participate in the following races.

  • Western Canadians 23-25 July 2016
  • Canadian Championships 30-Jul to 1-Aug 2016
  • North-American Championships  23-25 Sep 2016

It is also recommended to participate in as many Canadian Cup events as possible (for example Quebec Championships, BC Championships).

For more information see

Regards from the 2016 JWOC selection committee.