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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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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.

2016 World University Orienteering Championships team announcement

wuoc2016_logo_300x144Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee (HPC) is excited to announce the Canadian 2016 World University Orienteering Championship (WUOC) team.

The World University Orienteering Championships are held every 2 years. This years championships are in Hungary July 30 to Aug 4.

Canada will be represented by:

Robbie Anderson
Pia Blake
Robbie Graham
Adam Woods
Eric Kemp
Damian Konotopetz
Emma Sherwood

The team will be coached by Brent Langbakk.

WUOC is organized by FISU (International University Sports Federation). Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) works with Orienteering Canada to coordinate Canada’s participation in the championships.

Orienteering Canada is grateful to the selection committee members: Adrian Zissos, Wil Smith, Ted de St Croix and Magali Robert.

JWOC 2016 team announcement


Orienteering Canada is pleased to announce the selection for the 2016 team to attend the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Switzerland in July 2016.

The athletes are:

Pia Blake
Emma Sherwood
Emma Waddington
Nicole Whitmore

Leif Blake
Robert Graham
Caelan McLean
Christian Michelsen
Jan Erik Naess
Michael Svoboda

Alternate: Tomas Graham

The alternate can be inserted if one of the selected men have to withdraw due to injury before the start of the competition.

The team is made up of both juniors who have raced in JWOC before, as well as younger athletes new to the world scene.  These athletes have all shown their interest in competing for their country and have shown the dedication needed to start or continue on this journey.

Orienteering Canada is grateful to the work of the selection committee: Stefan Bergstrom, Ross Burnett, Katarina Smith. The selection process details are outlined at

Go Canada Go!

High Performance Program Application Due Oct 31

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 2016 High Performance Program is October 31, 2015.

The application process for the 2016 High Performance Program (HPP) is earlier than previous years.

  • Oct 31: Submission deadline for Application Package
  • Nov 15: Interim Acceptance
  • Nov 30: 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. The reason for the earlier dates is so that the athletes will have their yearly training plans in place and  have contact with their coaches earlier.

Another important change to note is that all athletes wishing to compete at the World Orienteering Championships, World University Champs and JWOC  or in World Cup races MUST be members of the HPP.  This is different than is previous years when HPP membership was not a requirement for some events.

Team Canada at the 2015 World Orienteering Championships

Here’s Team Canada at the 2015 World Orienteering Championships

Men’s Long: Robbie Anderson, Will Critchley
Women’s Long: Emily Kemp, Louise Oram

Men’s Middle: Brian May, Damian Konotopetz
Women’s Middle: Emily Kemp, Louise Oram

Men’s Relay: Robbie Anderson, Will Critchley, Damian Konotopetz
Women’s Relay: Emily Kemp, Louise Oram, Tori Owen

Men’s Sprint Qualification: Damian Konotopetz, Will Critchley, Robbie Anderson
Women’s Sprint Qualification: Emma Waddington, Tori Owen

Sprint Relay: Will Critchley, Robbie Anderson*, Tori Owen, Louise Oram
*Robbie declined his spot, the Team Canada coach and selection committee will decide who will replace Robbie


Jr World Orienteering Championships July 4-10


The 2015 Junior World Orienteering Championships run July 4 to 10 in Rauland, Norway.

The Canadian team consists of

Pia Blake (Whitehorse)
Emma Sherwood (Calgary)
Emma Waddington (Hamilton)

Alexander Bergstrom (Ottawa)
Trevor Bray (Whitehorse)
Robbie Graham (Ottawa) (injured)
Caelan McLean (Whitehorse)
Jan Erik Naess (Chicago)
Michael Svoboda (Calgary)

Team Leader: Stefan Bergstrom
Coach: Raphael Ferrand

Here’s a few ways to connect with JWOC and the team:

Here’s the schedule:


Go Canada Go!


Emily Kemp featured at IOF's Athlete of the Month


The International Orienteering Federation features an athlete each month and Canada’s own Emily Kemp is currently featured. Read the IOF’s profile of and interview with Emily here.

Coaches and Team Leaders to WOC and JWOC 2015


The High Performance Committee is pleased to confirm that Raphael Ferrand will be coaching Team Canada at both the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) and the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) this year. Raphael coached our Canadian JWOC team last year. We are thrilled to have Raphael working with us again. We are also pleased to have veteran team leaders working with the WOC and JWOC teams again this year. Stefan Bergstrom (Ottawa) is the team leader for the JWOC team and Meghan Rance (Vancouver / Hamilton) is the team leader for the 2015 WOC team.