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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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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

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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 orienteering.ca/team-canada/high-performance.

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

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Jr World Orienteering Championships July 4-10

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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:

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Go Canada Go!

 

Emily Kemp featured at IOF's Athlete of the Month

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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

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.

Athletes' Rep Election Process

2015 Athlete Representative Election Process

Background
In 2008 the position of Athlete Representative was created. The athlete representative sits on both the High Performance Committee (HPC) and the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors as a full voting member with a mandate to look after the interests of high performance athletes.
The position was initially held by Brent Langbakk, current High Performance Director, and then Patrick Goeres and now Jeff Teutsch whose term is ending this summer. We are looking for an athlete who is, or has been within the last four years, a member of the Junior or Senior National Team, is interested in this position and meets the eligibility requirements.

Term of the Athlete Representative
The elected individual will serve a 3-year term starting immediately after the 2015 Orienteering Canada Annual General Meeting (AGM). After the 2015 Orienteering Canada AGM, the Athlete Rep will be a voting member of the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors and Orienteering Canada’s official representative to Athletes CAN, the Association of National Team Athletes.

Responsibility of the Athlete Representative
The representative is expected to, among other things:

  • represent the interests of the high performance athletes in any Board discussions that affect high performance training, competition, hosting and/or the ability of the athletes to perform
  • be the liaison between high performance athletes and the Board
  • ensure that communication takes place between high performance athletes regarding issues of interest and impact to the high performance program
  • be a member of the High Performance Committee (HPC)
  • fulfill the duties of a Orienteering Canada board member
  • be the Orienteering Canada Athletes’ Rep to AthletesCAN including attending the annual AthletesCAN Forum (travel and accommodation expenses are paid for), which is usually held in the fall.

The job description is available on www.orienteering.ca. (most of the items aren’t as scary as they sound ;) – Jeff)

Who elects the Athlete Representative?
In 2014 a new Canadian Not For Profit Act was implemented which governs what not for profit organizations can and cannot do. In order to comply with this act the Athlete Rep election process is somewhat convoluted. Instead of electing someone directly to the board of directors, junior and senior national team members will elect a National Senior and Junior Team Member Delegate (“The Delegate”) to a special class of Orienteering Canada membership prior to Orienteering Canada’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Delegate then elects an athlete rep at the AGM. It is understood that The Delegate will elect themselves to the position of athlete rep.

For the purposes of electing The Delegate by junior and senior national team members, and given the timing of the election and the fact that the 2015 WOC team has not been finalized and the 2015 JWOC team has been finalized, the athletes eligible to vote are:
2014 WOC team (Emily Kemp, Louise Oram, Tori Owen, Robbie Anderson, Eric Kemp, Will Critchley, Damian Konotopetz)
2015 JWOC team (Pia Blake, Emma Sherwood, Emma Waddington, Alexander Bergstrom, Trevor Bray, Robbie Graham, Caelan McLean, Jan Erik Naess, Michael Svoboda)

Who is eligible to be the Athlete Representative?
To be eligible to be the athlete representative the individual must be representing Canada as a team member at the Junior World or World Orienteering Championships this year (2015) or have done so within the past four years. The individual does not have to be a current member of the High Performance Program. The individual must be eighteen years of age or older as well as other requirements outlined in the Orienteering Canada by-laws (section 2.02).

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 Orienteering Canada (by email to hpp@orienteering.ca) by June 19, 2015. 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 June 19, 2015 to hpp@orienteering.ca) to the following questions:
1. Why do you wish to run for The Delegate position (with the intent of becoming the Athlete Representative)? (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 June 19th, 2015 a representative of the HPC will send by email the list of nominated athletes and their responses to the above questions to all those eligible to vote.

Voting will be closed at June 26th, 2015, 11:59pm MST by replying by email with the name of the desired Delegate. The email is to be sent to the two Orienteering Canada officials acting as proctors (the email addresses of the proctors will be sent with the voting information). The elected individual will be announced by June 28, 2015.

This document is available here as a pdf.

This document was approved by the High Performance Committee on June 2, 2015

April 30 deadline to declare intent to try for 2015 WOC team

WOC2015_logoApril 30, 2015 is the deadline for athletes to declare their intent to try for the team for the 2015 World Orienteering Championships.

The senior team selection document has the details regarding the selection process, and specifically the declaration information.

JWOC 2015 team announcement

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Orienteering Canada is pleased to announce the selection for the 2015 team to attend the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Rauland, Norway in July 2015.

The athletes are:

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

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

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: Nina Wallace, Ross Burnett, Katarina Smith. The selection process details are outlined at orienteering.ca/team-canada/high-performance.

Go Canada Go!